Since someone posted regarding "private tours" of Etna several weeks ago, I've been looking into the various companies who promise an 'off-the-beaten-track' tour. Lots of them out there and quite expensive. Recently I saw: "Currently (July 2012), the summit craters are closed for access and excursions are limited to the area beneath 3100 m asl." As the typical tour seems to go to 2900m (relatively cheaply) can anyone advise if the additional expense is warranted. Can someone also recommend a company?
Frankly, just as soon stay on the "beaten trail" for 25 euro if one doesn't see much of anything more off the trail.