Etna Central Craters – Top Strong

Excursion information

Location Etna South
Altitude 3300 mt.
Duration 7.30 AM - 5.30 PM
Difficulty Hard/Advanced
Departure From Taormina and surrounding areas (Giardini Naxos, Letojanni). For those coming from other places, we'll organise meeting points
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We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity (depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point) between 7.30 and 8.00 AM. Each of our minivans can accommodate up to 8 participants.

Guided Trekking at 3000/3000 Mt. Around the Main Craters

Drive to Etna South (approximately 1 hour and half); from Rifugio Sapienza you will start the ascent by cableway first (until 2550mt) and then by off-road vehicle up to 2900mt. Once there, our naturalistic guide and an alpine – volcanologist guide will lead you during a high-level trekking that, in 1,5 hours, will bring you up to 3250 meters, at the edge of the Central Crater, where you will see the Bocca Nuova crater, the most impressive one. Then, you will walk up to the North-east crater, the highest among craters at 3329 meters. You will have a stop to enjoy the beautiful view and to listen to the explanations of the guides.
Then, from the top, you will start the 2,5 hours descent, passing through the Bove Valley. Once back at 2500 meters, you will take the cable car to get back to 2000 meters.


While still exploring Etna, you will be offered a packed lunch based on Sicilian products and drinks.

Volcanic Cave

Equipped with helmets and torchlights that we will provide for free, you will be able to get in the volcanic underground and visit one of striking volcanic caves of our volcano; during this part the guide will explain origins, characteristics and uses of the of this fascinating volcanic phenomenon.


At the end of the trip, at around 5.00/5.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.

Essential Information about this tour

What to wear:

We recommend you wear comfortable and season-appropriate clothes, hiking boots or training shoes and to bring a jacket. We suggest you wear long trousers (we do not recommend shorts) and long socks to prevent sable and volcanic rocks to cause discomfort while walking. We also suggest bringing a jacket to wear at high altitude.

We can provide windproof jackets and hiking boots, although, if possible, we suggest you wear your own hiking boots or training shoes as you already know they fit well. In case you don’t have any you can borrow our shoes and jackets for free, provided that we are informed of the needed sizes at least 3 days before the tour.

We suggest you bring with you a bag/backpack with a bottle of water, a hat and sunblock.

Who can participate:

We don’t recommend participation to those who are not in a good state of health, especially to those suffering from cardio-respiratory conditions. Also, participation is not allowed to children under 12 years old.

This experience includes a 6-hours-long trekking at high height (3320mt of altitude) which may also require sudden movements – to avoid possible eruptions or unexpected degassing – on a terrain which is arduous and irregular.
The top on Mt. Etna, in addition to the altitude, is subject to dangerous emission of gases, which exposition can provoke problems to your health. For this reason, those who are not in a good state of health or suffer one of these pathologies, cannot participate to this excursion:

– People with disabilities
– Asthma
– Problems with blood pressure or hearth
– Obesity
– Pregnancy
– Those who was subjected recently to surgery
– Whatever other form of limitation psico-physics that would not allow the result of the excursion.

We ask you to ponder your adhesion to this excursion. In any case, please let us know about any health conditions when booking.

How to prepare for this trip:

We advise strongly against consuming too much alcohol/smoke or having a too heavy meal the night before the excursion. Nonetheless, a light but fulfilling breakfast on the morning of the excursion is recommended.

What to expect:

The itinerary might be subjected to variations due to factors such as weather conditions and/or if deemed necessary.

As this excursion gets to 3300 m of altitude, there are high chances of walking on a snow-covered or rocky terrain.

The trekking on the summit area is led by a specialized volcanologist who is going to take charge of both our naturalistic guide and the whole group; it is therefore essential that the participants follow the volcanologists’ instructions and keep up their pace.

The summit area of Etna is frequently subjected to sudden gas emissions, therefore we ask you to please listen carefully to the guide’s instructions and possibly to bring a handkerchief/wipe to avoid inhaling those gases directly.

Included in the booking

Naturalistic English-speaking guide (geologists, volcanologists, forestry-experts or agronomists); pickup and transport, ascent via cable car and off-road vehicles, snack, insurance and equipment.


English and Italian.


This activity is suitable for fit people only. Participation is forbidden to children under 12 years of age.

Itinerary changes

The itinerary might be subjected to variations due to factors such as weather conditions and/or if deemed necessary.