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Mt Etna And Taormina

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Explore the base of Mount Etna and walk the streets of the ancient village of Taormina, an ancient Sicilian village with a Grecian surprise.

Mt Etna and Taormina

Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and is in an almost constant state of activity. Standing more than 3,300 meters (10,922 feet) high, the fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

On this Mount Etna tour, you will take a scenic ride out to the slopes at the base of this magnificent mountain. Along the way, you will pass through the village of Zafferana Etnea on the southern side of the volcano, for stunning views of Mount Etna and the coastline below.

From there you will head to Sapienza refuge, a popular tourist spot, where you may observe climbers who have come to Etna wishing to scale the mountain. After a short break, continue to Silvestri, two inactive craters that were formed from the 1892 eruption. Grab photos of the amazing lunar-like landscape, before making your way back down the mountain to the picturesque village of Taormina.

Here you will discover a 3rd century Greek theater, the largest in Sicily after Syracuse. Walk along Corso Umberto, formerly the ancient Roman street Valeria, to see exclusive shops, famous restaurants, monuments and more. Make sure to pop in at the historical center of Messina to see the Church of the Catalans and the cathedral square with the largest astronomical clock in the world.

Book one of the best Mt Etna tours now to get up close and personal with Mount Etna and enjoy a fun introduction to beautiful Taormina.

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from $132.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
7 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair, but guests will have to walk short distances and it is suggested they be accompanied for assistance. As this is a walking tour, guests with any mobility issues should reconsider this excursion.