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Mount Etna

Address: Sicily, Italy
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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to...
93%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Group tours/bus tour
Owner description: Sicily's greatest natural attraction is also its highest mountain...
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Type: Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Group tours/bus tour
Owner description: Sicily's greatest natural attraction is also its highest mountain: Mount Etna, at 10,990 feet, is the most active volcano in Europe and the oldest recorded active volcano in the world.
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Il Gzira, Malta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Been to Etna with some friends. It was a very nice experience, lovely place. We had a tour guide, who was very friendly and helpful. We used the cable car to go higher up and the view was amazing. Highly recommended.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We drove to and parked (€1 donation parking) at a random carpark at the foot of Mount Etna. The carpark was at 1900m up. It costs €30 to take a cable car up to about 2500m (return trip) and another €30 to take a 4-wheel bus to about 2900m (return trip). It was pretty expensive so we decided to just... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was fascinating to arrive and discover Sicily's beautiful lady, Mount Etna, had erupted within the previous 14 days. She does that fairly often, actually, and I think it's because she wants visitors to keep on coming to her magical island. My impression of all the Sicilians I met in those wonderful seven days was that they welcome her eruptions... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is a must-see if you visit east Sicily, and also an unforgettable experience. I haven't felt the earth tremble or seen the fresh lava flows but the view and the landscape is beautiful from the craters. You can see even Italy and the Stromboli. If you take a trip with a company it is a unique experience with a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a must do on a clear day. If it's foggy or rainy, don't waste your time. The drive up has pretty views (this is the part that requires it be clear out). Once you get up to where the ski lifts and cable cars are you can walk around some small craters. Great photos of the ocean and... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I have been up Vesuvius and thought that was large, but Mt. Etna is huge. Worth spending at least a half day at the Refuge Sapienza and taking the bus as high as you can go. Lots of walking up hills/ridges though. Get in shape.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

December is not the best time to visit, because the weather is unpredictable and changeable. Our third try was the charm for us. It is a good 30 to 45 min drive or longer from Catania to the "top" of Etna where you pick up the cable car (or for the strong of heart and leg, start the climb). Twice... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Wow. Mount Etna looks gorgeous! The cable car rides were good but quite expensive at €30 each (during off-peak season). Love the fact it was quiet. The roads were winding & wide too. Ample car parking space. Love the fact that there was a lot of freedom to do whatever you want once you reached halfway up the mountain after... More 

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Don't let the price out you off. I would recommend purchasing the full trip otherwise it's a long hard clime. A very active day when we visited (for the volcano) . The trip was well organised and well worth the visit. I would recommend also climbing the smaller craters near the car park.

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Nahariya, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The mountain itself is alive - sounds of gas exhaust every minute. This is a nice experience, BUT: 1) in order to climb up - you have to use their cable road (30 euro per person) - very expensive! 2) The cable road brings you to the middle of nowhere - almost nothing to see there. 3) If you want... More 

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