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Etna trekking tour in the Bove Valley

Etna trekking tour in the Bove Valley

8 hours



From 1 to 8


  • See Etna up close on a 14 km trekking tour through its most mysterious and suggestive spots.
  • An expert guide will take you on a discovery of the Valle del Bove, the Serracozzo cave and the Sartorius craters.
  • Surpass an altitude of 2,000 metres and admire incredible volcanic landscapes and magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Your guide

Ivano L.

Always a globetrotter and lover of outdoor sports, for the past nine years this great passion has turned into a profession.

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Full description

Get up close to Europe's largest active volcano with a day of total immersion in Etna's lunar landscapes. This trekking tour will take you well over 2,000 metres above sea level, letting you discover the volcano's most striking spots, including the immense Valle del Bove, a true geological jewel.

Together with an expert guide , you will cross lava deserts, paths covered with magmatic debris and dense birch forests, observe the Sartorius craters and visit the Serracozzo cave, formed by a gigantic lava flow from an eruption a few decades ago.

Don't you already feel the charm and breath of the volcano? Get ready to go!

What we will do

The activity begins at 8 a.m. with a shuttle transfer from Taormina or Giardini Naxos to the starting point of the trekking route (you will agree the meeting address with the guide after booking). In about an hour's journey we will reach Rifugio Citelli, at an altitude of 1,700 metres.

Boots well laced up and poles in hand, we will walk through pine and birch forests for a first contact with the very special Etnean ecosystem. After an hour's walk, we will arrive at Serracozzo (1,920 m), where we will stop for a short break before arming ourselves with torches and helmets to visit the cave of the same name.

Generated by the lava flow of ancient eruptions, the Serracozzo cave is one of the most evocative places onMount Etna. Entering it, one has the impression of being in a canyon enclosed by high walls of lava, a corridor that snakes down into the bowels of the earth, with special lighting effects created by the sun's rays penetrating through the narrow openings.

Then we leave for the Valle del Bove, located 2,100 metres above sea level. This will be the most demanding part of the route, with arduous uphill stretches, an effort that will be amply repaid by the breathtaking view of the lunar valley. This is an enormous volcanic basin, created by the sinking of two craters and the consequent depression of the ground. Today it looks like a desert caldera 1 km deep and 5 km wide, covered by recent lava flows.

From the Bove Valley we can continue to climb in altitude, walking along the ridge until we reach thePizzi Deneri volcanological observatory (2,847 m). Alternatively, if we are too tired, we will avoid this uphill stretch and descend directly to the Sartorius craters, where our eyes will be delighted by a magnificent panoramic view of the Sicilian coastline.

The complete trekking route is 14 km long with a difference in altitude of about 1000 m and takes about 6 or 7 hours to complete. The activity ends around 17:00 with the return by shuttle bus to Taormina/Giardini Naxos.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is of medium/high level, so participation is recommended for people in good physical condition and used to long mountain hikes, including uphill ones. The minimum age is 15 years.

Other information

This activity is bookable from April to November and is confirmed when there are at least 4 participants and weather conditions are favourable.

After booking, you will agree with your guide on the meeting point for the pick-up. If you live outside the Taormina area, you can fix the meeting point at the car park located just after the Giardini Naxos motorway exit. The shuttle will pick you up and take you back there.

Recommended clothing

  • layered hiking clothing
  • windbreaker or fleece
  • hiking boots

Don't forget to bring

  • backpack
  • extra water
  • energy snacks
  • camera
  • spare T-shirt

What is included

  • Hiking guide
  • Pick-up and shuttle transport
  • Serracozzo cave visit
  • Hiking poles
  • Helmet
  • Packed lunch
  • Water

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Taormina, Messina

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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