Hiking up the volcanos of Sicily

Hiking up the volcanos of Sicily

Hiking up the volcanos of Sicily

Siciliy is a borderland, where the collision between the African plate and the European plate takes place. Along the different parts of this active collision margin the Sicilian Volcanos rise (Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano). The volcanic areas are characterised by an arcane beauty where the destructive, and at the same time creative, forces of  “Mother Earth” meld. They are places where lava deserts and luxuriant woods interchange, and when you look out the abyss of the crater you can hear the deep breath of the “animated matter”. The volcanic influence is also highlighted by the fatalism of the people who live in these areas. The purpose of the hike, besides of showing the beauty of these places, is to let the traveller go through the volcanic dynamics and the local culture.

Fantastic View


The necessary equipment is provided by the guides (jacket, socks, shoes, helmets).

To follow suggestions…

Avoid using contact lenses

…don’t forget to bring with you:

Your lunch

cappello e guanti

Gloves and hat

K-way (waterproof jacket)

Long pants

Sun glasses


Excursion itinerary

1st Day
Arrival Catania Airport – Transfer to Nicolosi
2nd Day
Southern slope Etna: ascent by cable car and jeep until 2900 m above sea level, ascent by foot to the always active summit craters (3300 m above sea level), descent along some sandy avalanche chutes, going through different lava fields and side craters, looking out the panoramic viewpoint of the Bove Valley and return with cable car (5-6 hours hike).
3rd Day
Northern slope: from Piano Provenzana (1800 m above sea level), ascent along the lava fields from the eruption of 2002 until the sequence of side craters from which the eruptive event (2000 m above sea level) started. Proceeding to north, going through endemic pulvini and beech woods, until the Refuge Timpa Rossa. From here you will be walking towards the Sciara dei Dammusi (1614-24) where you will visit the Grotta dei Lamponi (wide tunnel of lava flow). Then going back to Piano Provenzana (6-7 hours hike).
4th Day
Transfer by bus to Milazzo, hydrofoil to the island of Volcano. From the port of Vulcano you walk along the crater edge (400 m above sea level), from here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the island Lipari, walking through fumarole fields full of sulphur salts, and after the tour on the crater edge the descent is along a sandy path, until the town, and here a visit of the lake made of volcanic muds and then a swim in the near hot waters. After lunch transfer to Stromboli, by hydrofoil.
5th Day
Stromboli. Departure in the afternoon to the top of the volcano, walking through the vegetation until 400 m, proceeding along the rocky coastline up to the edge that mark the depression of the Sciara del Fuoco and from here to the Pizzo (930 m above sea level) where it’s possible to admire the explosions of the underlying craters, waiting for the sunset. After the sunset descent through sandy avalanche chutes. (6-7 hours).
6th Day
Transfer to Sicily, visit of Aci Ttrezza Seastacks and Aci Castello cliffs (first volcanic activities of Etna). Overnight stay in Catania.
7th Day
Flight back.

*All the timetables may be subject to change due to unexpected events.


  1. Bus
  2. Cable car and jeep (Etna)
  3. Hotels
  4. Ticket Eolie Islands
  5. Packed lunches
  6. Dinners
  7. Miscellaneous

This excursion is not suitable:

to pregnant women who have overcome the third month of pregnancy, to people suffering from particular pathologies such as cardio vascular disorders, respiratory disorders (asthma), severe hypertension and anxiety.

Important notice

Thanks from the Group of Alpine and Volcanological guides Etna South (Soc.Coop) for your interest.

WARNING: Due to the particular environmental conditions in which we operate, we reserve the right to cancel or interrupt the excursion services in cases of bad wheather and volcanic risk. The guides therefore consider themselves exempt from any liability for direct or indirect damages that may derive from cancellation or interruption of services for reasons beyond their control.

Reservation request​

The excursion will be available only in October with departure on Saturday and return on Friday.

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