The Volcano Etna
In case you have chosen Syracuse as the main destination to visit the Sicilian South East or if the city of Arezzo is one of the many stages of your trip to Sicily, Syracuse is an ideal point from which to undertake an excursion on Mount Etna (100 km north from Syracuse) easily reachable via the motorway or by means of transport (trains and buses).
The excursion to Mount Etna, one of the main tourist attractions of Sicily, is an experience to be recommended to all tourists. The Volcano can be easily reached after leaving the motorway through the provincial roads that lead to Nicolosi and Zafferana. The starting point for the excursion is in Nicolosi Nord at the Sapienza refuge from where with a modern cable car of the Etna cable car in a few minutes you can reach an altitude of 2500 meters from here the second part of the excursion begins using special off-road vehicles during in the summer or with special means for the winter it is possible to reach the peaks of Etna, the highest volcano in Europe which from its 3350 meters high dominates Sicily and the three seas that surround it.
The Etna cable car is open every day from 9:00 to 16:00 (with closing time progressively postponed during the summer season): it is the only company authorized on the south side to make excursions to the authorized crater areas.
It starts from an altitude of 1,923 meters (Nicolosi Nord - Rifugio Sapienza) with the cable car that takes you to 2,500 meters in a few minutes, along a panoramic route that shows a multitude of craters that are no longer active from above; once you have reached this altitude you will continue with special Off-road buses, up to the maximum reachable altitude of 2,920 meters, at the last crater that can be visited in Torre del Filosofo, where you will take a walk on the edge with the assistance of an Alpine Guide (of about 40 minutes) and then back down by the same means (the total duration of the complete excursion is to be considered between 2.00 hours, 2.30 hours).
The Etna cableway will remain open all year round, during the winter months, with the presence of snow the hiking activity will continue.
For guests of our B&B, authorized partner of the Etna cable car, there is the possibility of obtaining free coupons to be presented at the cashier of the Etna cable car before purchasing the complete excursion or only the return journey by cable car which will give you the opportunity to obtain a Consumer Voucher at the bar located at an altitude of 2500 meters.