In case you have chosen Syracuse as the main destination to visit the south east Sicilian or if the aretusea city is one of the many stages of your trip to Sicily, Syracuse is an ideal point from which to take a hike on ‘Etna easily reached via the ‘highway or by the means of transportation (train and bus).
The excursion to Mount Etna, one of the main tourist attractions of Sicily is an experience to be recommended to all tourists. The volcano is easily accessible exited the highway, through the provincial roads to Nicolosi and Zafferana. The starting point for the hike is in Nicolosi North at the Sapienza refuge where with a modern cable car, in few minutes you reach an altitude of 2500 mt . From here begins the second part of the excursion made with special off-road vehicles. during the summer, or with special Bobcat vehicles in the winter. So you can reach the heights of Etna, the highest volcano in Europe from its 3350 meters high, it dominates Sicily and the three seas that surround it. We are thus in front of a single outstanding scenery of the sea from which you can admire the impressive main crater, the south east crater and many lava flows.
Etna cableway is open daily from 9:00 to 16:00 (with closing time postponed gradually during the summer season): it is the only company authorized on the southern slope to hike up to the crater zone.
You start from 1,923 mt (North Nicolosi – Rifugio Sapienza) with the cableway that leads in a few minutes at 2,500 meters, along a scenic route that shows from a multitude of the most active craters; here you will continue with special bus-terrain vehicles, up to the maximum height of 2,920 mt, at the last crater visited in Torre del philosopher, where you will make a walk on the edge with the assistance of an Alpine Guide ( about 40 minutes) and then back down with the same vehicles (the complete overall duration of the excursion is to be considered among the 2.00 hours, 2:30 hours).
Etna cableway will remain open all year round, during the winter months, with the presence of snow we will continue the activities.
For the guests of our B & B, authorized partner of the Etna cable car there is the possibility to get free coupons to be presented at the ticket office of the Etna cable car before purchase the complete excursion or only the Cableway trip which will give you the opportunity to get a good free meal at the bar located at an altitude of 2500 mt.