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Hiking Mount Etna

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Hiking Mount Etna


My wife and i are spending 2 nights in Messina, as we road trip up the boot. We would like to do some hiking, but dont want to pay for the tours. Are there hiking trails that one could hike up without doing an all day tour or anything? Thanks.

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1. Re: Hiking Mount Etna

Yes, absolutely there are hiking trails that one could hike without doing an all day tour.

Hikers could trek Etna themselves (for free). You would need to be reasonably fit.

Expect snow on Etna in March. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots, and have the appropriate gear (sunglasses, sunscreen…).

There are some excellent guidebooks.

For independent touring, or walking, "Landscapes of Sicily" by Peter Amann, published by Hunter Publishing, (Sunflower Landscapes Guides) is highly recommended. It has touring (car tours) and walking (not hiking) for all ages and abilities.

Around Mount Etna is an excellent 5-6 hour driving tour (159km/99mi) that rings from Catania-Nicolosi-Rifugio Sapienza-Piano Provenzana-Bronte-Adrano-Catania. There are walks along the way.

This guides also offers several walking tours.

“Landscapes of Sicily”:


"Walking in Sicily" by Gillian Price is a Ciccerone Guide and also very good!

“Walking in Sicily”:



“Sicily - Rother Walking Guide” comprehensively covers walks all over Sicily.

“Sicily – Rother Walking Guide”:


Mount Etna Information:

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2. Re: Hiking Mount Etna

Self-Guided Tours!


Etna Driving Tour:


Parco dell'Etna Itineraries (Walking):


Best of Sicily:

Recommended itineraries:

Western Slope: Monte Gallo and Rifugio della Galvarina. Start at the clearing on the slope of Mount Gallo, reached via the Nicolosi-Adrano road, following the road for about 12 kilometers to the sign indicating Monte Intraleo. This hike leads to the Galvarina forest refuge.

Casa Pirao to Monte Spagnolo to Cisternazza. This hike takes about five hours. It starts from the Case Pirao on the northern slope, reached by turning off the Linguaglossa-Randazzo road just outside Randazzo. This excursion will take you through the Mount Spagnolo beech wood.

Monte Nero degli Zappini Nature Trail. This trail offers a view of some of the typical natural settings of the area. It starts from Piano Vetore, which is not far from the Grande Albergo dell'Etna.

Mount Zoccolaro Nature Trail. Not far from Zafferana Etnea, this steep trek offers spectacular views of the Calanna Valley and the Valle del Bove with patches of aspen and beech woods along the way. Exercise caution because the path is flanked by a steep precipice.


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