Hiking on Mt Etna - Southern SlopesFull day Excursion on the southern slope of Mount Etna, with pick up included from Catania, and packed lunch. Book now
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- Min: 2 People
If you want to enjoy Mt. Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe - in the wake of an expert nature guide, this tour is designed just for you. The trekking on the South side of Etna will give you a complete perception of the volcano, with all its contrasting landscapes.
Excursion tour which combines Etna's southern flank's volcanic history and its natural catastrophies. From Nicolosi, the town thought to be the doorway to Etna, going up to Stazione sud (1995m a.s.l) crossing Monti Rossi, the eruptive fissure which led to the important 1669 eruption, which covered the towns on Etna's southern flank, even reaching Catania.
Going across the plateau where the 2001 lava stopped and a series of switchbacks crossing the evocative 1983 lava flow, with fabulous photo-taking opportunities.
The first hike will be from Piano Vettore (1735m a.s.l.) along the 'Monte Nero degli Zappini' nature trail, a first chance to know Etna's most important volcanic and botanic features, amid various lava flows, hornitos, lava caves and Etna's endemic plants. Going by minibus to Stazione Sud, a place which has often been marked by recent eruptions.
The second hike will be along all the 1892 eruptive fissure, which the Silvestri craters(2000m a.s.l.) originated from. Going down by minibus towards the town of Zafferana Etnea, where we will stop to visit the Cassone Cave, a perfect example of a lava tunnel.
Then, before getting to Zafferana Etnea, another stop to see the effects of the 1991-93 eruption, which seriously threatened the town. The second trekking will cross the entire eruptive fracture from 1892, which formed the so called "bottoniera" of the Sylvester Craters at 2000 m.a.s.l. During the trip by minibus to the town of Zafferana Entea, we will stop again to visit the inside of the Grotta Cassone, an example of lava tunnel. Before arriving at Zafferana Etnea, you will stop again to observe the effects of the eruption occurred in 1991-93, which seriously threaten the town below.
Complimentary tasting of honey, olive oil and Etna wines.
Duration: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Elevation gain: 100 m.
Hiking time: about 4 hours.
Guided Hiking Tour with multilingual naturalistic guide (belonging to the A.I.G.A.E., Italian Association for Professional Nature and Walking Guides)
We provide a pick-up service from your accommodation or collection point and back (for the list of places covered by the service refer to "how to reach us" field). Upon booking please note the site where you need to be picked up.
Means of transport: minibus. Rate includes a packed lunch (sandwiches).
Everything that is not specified in the "include".
We recommend layered
clothing that is ideal for all weather conditions.
Optional equipment: windcheater, hiking shoes, backpack containing rain-jacket and rain-pants, water-bottle, sunscreen, hat, batteries, eventually a change of clothes that you can leave in the minibus.
The pick-up service (two way) is included from all accommodations facilities in: Catania, Misterbianco, Mascalucia, Gravina di Catania, S.Giovanni
La Punta, Tremestieri etneo, Aci Castello, Aci Trezza, Pedara, San
Gregorio di Catania, Trecastagni, Sant'Agata Li Battiati, Zafferana
Etnea, Santa Venerina, Viagrande, Valverde, Nicolosi.
To make a reservation payment of the full amount is required.
In case of bad weather conditions, if the organizer considers inappropriate/unsafe to operate the service, you will agree a new date with your guide. If it will not be possible to arrange a new date, you will be refunded.
In the case of withdrawal before 24h or on the day of the event the amount paid will not be reimbursed. In the case of withdrawal before 48h, will be reimbursed just 60% of the amount paid.