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Mount Etna Excursion and Visit to the Lava Tubes
I GUIDE YOU OUT OF TOURISTS TRACKS!!! Surrounded by a moonlike landscape, we'll learn to understand and explore Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for it's beauty and uniqueness. Walking along the paths Europe's largest volcano, you'll admire the impressive volcanic structure with its typical flora and fauna. We will cross Deserts of black sand, Woods, Ancient and Recent Lava Flows and Old Craters in order to admire the fascinating VALLE DEL BOVE. We will also enter lava tubes, created during the volcano's eruptions, equipped with a helmet and flashlights. It'll be fascinating to descover not only their creation but also the secrets they so jelously conceal in their darkness. Difficulty: Medium Itinerary length: about 5.5 km Maximum altitude: about 2100 m Trekking duration: 3-3.5 hours approx Difference in altitude: about 350 m The route in the event of adverse weather conditions or real safety risks can be changed at the discretion of the guide In this adventure you will be accompanied by me or by my co hosts, enthusiasts and experts of Etna! Other things to note The duration of the experience is indicative. Unforeseeable situations could cause the experience to end at a different time. It is alway (It's important to wear trekking shoes or shoes you wouldn't mind ruining as at some point there will be a thriling decent into desert-like black sand)
Catania Sailing Vibes
This is a sailing adventure focused on respect for nature, sustainable lifestyle and knowledge of navigation. An exciting sport activity, rich of new experiences and discoveries. The sailboat is fully equipped and meets all the standards of comfort and safety. First we meet 15 minutes before the boat tour, generally at the Caffe del Porto. Once embarked, we begin by introducing you to the bases of sailing, winds and the ocean. Set sail from the Club Nautico Catania, we open the sail and begin to cruise along the volcanic coast of Catania going with the winds, on the horizon we will see the Island of the Cyclops, the place where Etna was born. All the members of the tour will help to steer, to manage the sail and to sport activities. In the meantime you will learn the sailing techniques on board we prepare the aperitif. So let's the party starts and altogether we cheers with a glass of prosecco. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to bath or to swim near the Grotta di Ulisse or the Riviera dei Ciclopi. This is a perfect first experience on a sailboat because in 3 hours you enjoy the vibe of the sail that allow you to decide to return for a longer experience, even the next day. Other things to note At the start of the tour you will be registered on the 'crew list' by filling in a short form from our company. ID or passport is required on board.
Unique experience on Etna
After pick up,Etna direction! Passing through trazzere, where we can see the lava flows (1792), where I will explain the fauna and flora of volcano Etna,telling you the Mount Etna history. Arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level,starts our trekking off the turistic path, Direction Bove Valley, the ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to a collapse of two major eruptive centers. where we can admire the silvestri craters, the recent lava flows,south east active crater and a great view of Catania and ionion cost. During the hiking we stop to eat a sandwich gourmet with local product ( you can buy the sandwich,before the hiking). Other things to note Our experience is a mountain hiking with a good slope, it is suitable for everyone with good mobility and good phisical shape. It not suitable for people with low physical fitness, breathing problems and heart problems.
Discover the volcano Etna underwater
**Mainly for beginners** We meet at the Diving Center at 9.00 am, and we start by introducing ourselves, registering and we fill out the forms needed. You will given the necessary equipment for your diving test, and we will have an accurate breafing of the equipment and what we will do in the water. As soon as we are ready, we will jump into the blue of Catania and discover the wonders of the Ionian sea, among lava flows, submerged caves and biodiversity! Once out of the water we will do a debriefing. We will have a snack and photo of this amazing experience! Other things to note This type of activity is not recommended for pregnant women. Minors must be accompanied by their parents.
Etna excursions
We'll organize excursions on Etna, the most active and highest volcano in Europe. The tour includes: pick-up with my Minivan at 8.30 am from Catania center to strategic points such as Central Station, Piazza Alcalà, Piazza Stesicoro, Piazza Borgo. We'll visit a lava flow cave with helmets and torches. We'll do a hiking of 3 h, crossing volcanic desert environments, craters, Valle del Bove and the different mountain colors. The hike is about 5-6 km from 1800 meters above sea level to 2300/2400 meters. Lunch is packed ,but along the drive up we'll stop in Trecastagni ( a Etna Village) where could we buy sandwiches with typical Sicilian dishes like caponata and parmigiana. We'll drop off to Catania around 3.30pm.

What Metropolitan city of Catania has to offer

Cooking Sicily
First of all we will find out what the gastronomic 'path' of the day will be; this will depend on the season and on what the market offers: to prepare our dishes, in fact, we will use only fresh, local and possibly organic products. Each member of the group will be following my directions and / or demonstrations to begin the preparation of the menu that will normally include: a main course - first or second course of vegetables and a dessert. We will make pasta and bread, as often as times and preparations allow. As we proceed with the preparation of our meal, we will take notes on ingredients, quantities and recipes so that when you return home and show your friends and relatives photos and memories of your travel experiences you can taste the traditional dishes again, you will have learned to prepare with your hands! When everything is ready, consume yourself or together with us, if you prefer, the product of your efforts and I assure you that nothing will give you more satisfaction: in no restaurant you will find a dish equal to ... yours! Last but not least, if you have children travelling with you, they also enjoy this experience: what's better then prepare by themselves their own lunch?! Other things to note Of course, if someone hasn't got cooking hobby he/she could stay with us and look; the menù I'll propose to you can be modify if you don't like or cannot eat something
Discover Etna With an Adventurer
I GUIDE YOU OUT OF TOURISTS TRACKS! WE ARE TWO GUIDES MANAGING THE EXPERIENCE, TO MEET THE GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. We climb up the slopes of the Etna volcano, encountering different landscapes; forest, lava desert, caves/lava tube (this is not 100% sure), sandy deserts and other amazing points of views! Then, we get to a perfect place to observe the summit craters and the Bove Valley (the biggest one on Mt.Etna), the reason why Mt.Etna is part of the UNESCO heritage! Walking along the ridge, you will enjoy the view of the active summit craters, of the Ionian sea and of the Italian peninsula. We will descend through fun sandy canyons, which will take us to the top of some ancient craters born during last years! To get to the meeting point : - By rental car, there is a big parking. - By BUS : get BRT1 Bus line (the fast bus line in Catania). Other things to note: This is not an experience for tourists but for travelers that love walking, trekking and the adventure. I will give to you the best I can, this is my mission !
Trekking to the Summit Craters - Etna
Departure from Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza at our Info Point Ashàra. After a short briefing, the excursion will begin that will lead us to the top at an altitude of 3330m. With the Etna cable car we will quickly gain altitude up to 2500 meters above sea level and then with special 4x4 minibuses, we will climb further up to 2900 meters above sea level, near Torre del Filosofo. During the 2-hour ascent we will make 2-3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view and we will travel through the lava fields with a lunar aspect that will lead us right to the summit of Etna: the highest active volcano in Europe where we can admire the peculiarities that characterize the summit area. We will go down through some amusing sandbanks and we will visit the craters of 2002-2003 and equipped with a helmet, also a lava flow channel. We will take the cable car downhill again to return to the starting point Ticket for cable car and Unimog 4x4 are not included in the price and you'll pay it directly in cash at our meeting point IMPORTANT: All excursions are carried out in compliance with the levels of volcanic risk
Unfiltered Street Food & Market Exploration of Catania
A 3-hour walking tour around Catania's fish market and alleyways. During the walk, we will take you to our favorite street stalls and family-run deli shops to sample the best daily selection of local street food such as the Arancino, the Cipollina, some challenging samples, and much more :) We offer our foodies only seasonal and traditional foods, no touristy stuff! The fish market is an authentic open-air theater. During the MORNING TOUR, we will spend some time checking out the food market stalls, talking about Sicilian cuisine, and eating some fish :) During the NIGHT TOUR, we'll walk you to the old district of Civita to show you some cool graffiti and enjoy the most authentic Catanese street spirit! This tour has been designed for street foodies and curious travelers. Not only food! We will show you some historical attractions and a hidden lava tunnel! Since this is a small group tour, you will be able to interact with us at any time asking all kinds of questions. We present Catania the way it is, with its lights and shadows. We have a laid-back attitude towards travelers. We don't see travelers as clients but as new friends! so we will be happy to share with you all the tips you need to enjoy Catania as we locals do. In conclusion, it's a relaxing and tasty walk with a friend...plus a final delicious and authentic street food experience!
Etna excursions
After meeting I'll take you on a "lava desert", the lunar landscape par excellence. Walking along the paths of the highest active volcano in Europe (simple trails) I will show you the impressive volcanic structure, I will explain the history and its origin. We will walk together on some old extinct craters located on the southern slope, the most active in recent years. I will show you a lava tube with helmets and torches, we will explore the "tube" inside which the lava flowed at high temperatures. After the breathtaking view on the "Mongibello", we ll go to another panoramic point on the Valle del Bove. An enchanting wine tasting in an Etna's winery, a visit to the Summit Craters (with cable car) or the Alcantara's Gorges would make your experience even more unique. If you are interested write me!! My experience is flexible, can be tailored to suit your needs, including the extras but I need to plan it. Write me in advance, I can arrange everything you need and everything you want. The times entered are indicative, we plan together the day before. Rental boots service upon request. THIS EXPERIENCE DOESN'T HAVE HIKING ACTIVITY If you like hiking, look at my other proposed experience --> Discovering Etna's trails https://abnb.me/p8eRwWZChV?s=51 If you have large luggage with you, please write me in advance. Other things to note The temperature can be 10-15 ° C lower than in the city. Clothing varies depending on the season. Sometimes we have windy days so you have to be well covered.

All activities near Metropolitan city of Catania

Mount Etna Excursion and Visit to the Lava Tubes
I GUIDE YOU OUT OF TOURISTS TRACKS!!! Surrounded by a moonlike landscape, we'll learn to understand and explore Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for it's beauty and uniqueness. Walking along the paths Europe's largest volcano, you'll admire the impressive volcanic structure with its typical flora and fauna. We will cross Deserts of black sand, Woods, Ancient and Recent Lava Flows and Old Craters in order to admire the fascinating VALLE DEL BOVE. We will also enter lava tubes, created during the volcano's eruptions, equipped with a helmet and flashlights. It'll be fascinating to descover not only their creation but also the secrets they so jelously conceal in their darkness. Difficulty: Medium Itinerary length: about 5.5 km Maximum altitude: about 2100 m Trekking duration: 3-3.5 hours approx Difference in altitude: about 350 m The route in the event of adverse weather conditions or real safety risks can be changed at the discretion of the guide In this adventure you will be accompanied by me or by my co hosts, enthusiasts and experts of Etna! Other things to note The duration of the experience is indicative. Unforeseeable situations could cause the experience to end at a different time. It is alway (It's important to wear trekking shoes or shoes you wouldn't mind ruining as at some point there will be a thriling decent into desert-like black sand)
Etna Excursion Morning or Sunset and Visit Lava Flow Cave
Surrounded by a lunar landscape, we will learn to understand and explore Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its beauty and uniqueness. Strolling along the largest volcano in Europe, you will admire the imposing volcanic structure with its typical flora and fauna. We will visit one of the most fascinating sites where you can watch the sunset together (you will not see the sun setting but only appreciate the colors). We will enter a lava tube, created during the volcano's eruptions, equipped with a helmet and flashlights. It will be fascinating to discover not only their creation, but also the secrets that they hide so jealously in their darkness. Difficulty: easy Maximum altitude: about 2100 m Trekking duration: about 1.5 hours Difference in altitude: about 100 m The route in case of adverse weather conditions or real safety risks can be changed at the discretion of the guide In this adventure you will be accompanied by me or by my co hosts, enthusiasts and experts of Etna! Other things to note The duration of the experience is indicative. Unpredictable situations could cause the experience to end at a different time. (It is important to wear hiking shoes or shoes that you wouldn't mind spoiling)
Catania Sailing Vibes
This is a sailing adventure focused on respect for nature, sustainable lifestyle and knowledge of navigation. An exciting sport activity, rich of new experiences and discoveries. The sailboat is fully equipped and meets all the standards of comfort and safety. First we meet 15 minutes before the boat tour, generally at the Caffe del Porto. Once embarked, we begin by introducing you to the bases of sailing, winds and the ocean. Set sail from the Club Nautico Catania, we open the sail and begin to cruise along the volcanic coast of Catania going with the winds, on the horizon we will see the Island of the Cyclops, the place where Etna was born. All the members of the tour will help to steer, to manage the sail and to sport activities. In the meantime you will learn the sailing techniques on board we prepare the aperitif. So let's the party starts and altogether we cheers with a glass of prosecco. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to bath or to swim near the Grotta di Ulisse or the Riviera dei Ciclopi. This is a perfect first experience on a sailboat because in 3 hours you enjoy the vibe of the sail that allow you to decide to return for a longer experience, even the next day. Other things to note At the start of the tour you will be registered on the 'crew list' by filling in a short form from our company. ID or passport is required on board.
Exploring the highest volcano in Europe, Etna
➡️ READ BEFORE BOOKING: We will do hiking and hiking on the main attractions of Mount Etna, still active! We will climb to 2,170 meters above sea level with views of the incredible Bove Valley. We will visit hidden caves, trails, and when there is snow we will face the snowy path! Our hike includes a full tasting of oil, honey and Etna wines. Your regional nature guide and hiking, is a Geologist expert who will enchant you with the most curious stories that mother nature gives every day on "Mamma Etna". The total cost of the tour is 65€ per person (25€ airbnb+ 40€ for transportation and hiking guide to be paid at the time of pick-up). The one-person tour has a total cost of €95 (€25 airbnb+ €70 for transportation and private hiker's guide to be paid at the time of pickup). Pick up a/r , in place to be agreed.
Unique experience on Etna
After pick up,Etna direction! Passing through trazzere, where we can see the lava flows (1792), where I will explain the fauna and flora of volcano Etna,telling you the Mount Etna history. Arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level,starts our trekking off the turistic path, Direction Bove Valley, the ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to a collapse of two major eruptive centers. where we can admire the silvestri craters, the recent lava flows,south east active crater and a great view of Catania and ionion cost. During the hiking we stop to eat a sandwich gourmet with local product ( you can buy the sandwich,before the hiking). Other things to note Our experience is a mountain hiking with a good slope, it is suitable for everyone with good mobility and good phisical shape. It not suitable for people with low physical fitness, breathing problems and heart problems.
Discover the volcano Etna underwater
**Mainly for beginners** We meet at the Diving Center at 9.00 am, and we start by introducing ourselves, registering and we fill out the forms needed. You will given the necessary equipment for your diving test, and we will have an accurate breafing of the equipment and what we will do in the water. As soon as we are ready, we will jump into the blue of Catania and discover the wonders of the Ionian sea, among lava flows, submerged caves and biodiversity! Once out of the water we will do a debriefing. We will have a snack and photo of this amazing experience! Other things to note This type of activity is not recommended for pregnant women. Minors must be accompanied by their parents.
Etna excursions at sunset, caves and craters
For anyone holidaying Sicily, visiting the beautiful site of Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, is a must. How much better could this visit be if you could be accompanied by expert and passionate nature guides who can explain about the volcano and its geology. ✔ Appointment at 15.00 (the time may vary depending on the sunset) in one of these meeting points. • Piazza Stesicoro, near the entrance of the Roman amphitheatre, the exact time of pickup will be indicated the evening before the excursion. • Piazza Alcalà, near the Mc Donald's ✔ after driving through the typical Etna villages, we will arrive at our first stop, where we will visit a lava tube with helmets and torches. ✔ Second Stage: visit of a side crater with breathtaking views of Catania and the Etna villages. ✔ Third stop: walk through the paths of Etna crossing, old lava fields and a vertical cave of Etna. Walk length about 3 km. Easy level, walk suitable for everyone, even for families with children. Here we will wait for sunset. On average, the tour lasts 5 hours, including the car trip.
Etna excursions
We'll organize excursions on Etna, the most active and highest volcano in Europe. The tour includes: pick-up with my Minivan at 8.30 am from Catania center to strategic points such as Central Station, Piazza Alcalà, Piazza Stesicoro, Piazza Borgo. We'll visit a lava flow cave with helmets and torches. We'll do a hiking of 3 h, crossing volcanic desert environments, craters, Valle del Bove and the different mountain colors. The hike is about 5-6 km from 1800 meters above sea level to 2300/2400 meters. Lunch is packed ,but along the drive up we'll stop in Trecastagni ( a Etna Village) where could we buy sandwiches with typical Sicilian dishes like caponata and parmigiana. We'll drop off to Catania around 3.30pm.
Etna Guided Tour
Ready to reach the altitude of 2,000 meters?! We will pick you up early in the morning with our 4-wheel drive or minivan. From there, you'll enjoy a moderate hike off the beaten track (approx. 2 hours) to admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna and its moon like deserts. From there we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the summit craters of Mount Etna and the surrounding landscapes facing the lonian sea.
Cooking Sicily
First of all we will find out what the gastronomic 'path' of the day will be; this will depend on the season and on what the market offers: to prepare our dishes, in fact, we will use only fresh, local and possibly organic products. Each member of the group will be following my directions and / or demonstrations to begin the preparation of the menu that will normally include: a main course - first or second course of vegetables and a dessert. We will make pasta and bread, as often as times and preparations allow. As we proceed with the preparation of our meal, we will take notes on ingredients, quantities and recipes so that when you return home and show your friends and relatives photos and memories of your travel experiences you can taste the traditional dishes again, you will have learned to prepare with your hands! When everything is ready, consume yourself or together with us, if you prefer, the product of your efforts and I assure you that nothing will give you more satisfaction: in no restaurant you will find a dish equal to ... yours! Last but not least, if you have children travelling with you, they also enjoy this experience: what's better then prepare by themselves their own lunch?! Other things to note Of course, if someone hasn't got cooking hobby he/she could stay with us and look; the menù I'll propose to you can be modify if you don't like or cannot eat something
Discover Etna With an Adventurer
I GUIDE YOU OUT OF TOURISTS TRACKS! WE ARE TWO GUIDES MANAGING THE EXPERIENCE, TO MEET THE GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. We climb up the slopes of the Etna volcano, encountering different landscapes; forest, lava desert, caves/lava tube (this is not 100% sure), sandy deserts and other amazing points of views! Then, we get to a perfect place to observe the summit craters and the Bove Valley (the biggest one on Mt.Etna), the reason why Mt.Etna is part of the UNESCO heritage! Walking along the ridge, you will enjoy the view of the active summit craters, of the Ionian sea and of the Italian peninsula. We will descend through fun sandy canyons, which will take us to the top of some ancient craters born during last years! To get to the meeting point : - By rental car, there is a big parking. - By BUS : get BRT1 Bus line (the fast bus line in Catania). Other things to note: This is not an experience for tourists but for travelers that love walking, trekking and the adventure. I will give to you the best I can, this is my mission !
Etna Urban Winery tour and wine tasting
Etna Urban Winery You will get a full experience of an urban vinery on the slopes of Mount Etna! The tour is divided in 3 different moments: Vineyard Walk The tour will start with our warm welcome and a walk across urban vineyards nestled between Catania and Etna. Its a unique urban trekking with rare dry-stone made buildings and walls from the 19th century, and an oak wood representing what it once was the large forest just above Catania, now all reclaimed by the expanding city. If you come with children I will give them their own treasure map . Bring comfortable closed- toes shoes, tennis are perfect! Palmento Visit Back from the field, you will discover our 18th century Palmento (traditional Sicilian winery), that is among the largest and best preserved in the area, still equipped with its large chestnut wood barrels and the grape pressing machine dating 1790. A rare jewel to be seen! Here you will also hear of some family stories that we found reading our ancestor’s diaries from the 1800’s. Wine Tasting Journey The tour will finish with a tasting of four different Etna Wines (sparkling, rose, white and red) accompaigned by a small platter of breads and cheeses. Finish your day relaxing in our courtyard or the garden looking at the Etna while having a chat with your friends.
Taormina Sunset Aperitif on-Board
From the beach, we will partake on a relaxing tour of the beautiful Taormina coast, we will visit all bays and caves and watch the sunset over Mount Etna (Europe's largest active volcano). You will be free to jump off the boat and swim in the Mediterranean Sea as well. Depending on the sea conditions there is the opportunity( If we are lucky) to admire the Dolphins. This sunset excursion is accompanied by fresh aperitif drinks and snacks made with our local Sicilian products. Aperitif beverages can include wine, prosecco, liquors, or non-alcoholic Sicilian juices and non-alcoholic cocktails. Snacks can include Sicilian cookies, nuts, fruits, olives, etc. If you have any allergies or prefer non-alcoholic drinks PLEASE let me know!! Other things to note: In case of bad weather conditions, I will let you know the day of, and the trip will be cancelled- then I would refund you 100%. Please let me know of any allergies or special circumstances beforehand During the Snorkeling activity, there may be the presence of Stinging Jellyfish.
Etna Urban Winery - Walk and tasting with food pairings
Etna Urban Winery You will get a full experience of an urban vinery on the slopes of Mount Etna! The tour is divided in 3 different moments: Vineyard Walk The tour will start with our warm welcome and a walk across urban vineyards nestled between Catania and Etna. Its a unique urban trekking with rare dry-stone made buildings and walls from the 19th century, and an oak wood representing what it once was the large forest just above Catania, now all reclaimed by the expanding city. If you come with children I will give them their own treasure map . Bring comfortable closed- toes shoes, tennis are perfect! Palmento Visit Back from the field, you will discover our 18th century Palmento (traditional Sicilian winery), that is among the largest and best preserved in the area, still equipped with its large chestnut wood barrels and the grape pressing machine dating 1790. A rare jewel to be seen! Here you will also hear of some family stories that we found reading our ancestor’s diaries from the 1800’s. Wine Tasting Journey The tour will finish with a tasting experience on today's Etna culinary landscape. You will taste wines from 4 different wineries around the vulcano, each wine paired with a gourmet bite prepared by our resident chef Leonardo, to finish your day relaxing in our courtyard or the garden looking at the Etna while having a chat with your friends.
Tour of the coast with snorkeling
We will embark from the beach for do a grand tour of the beautiful coast of Taormina, exploring grottos, bays and natural land formations. For example we will enter to the famous "Isola Bella" An UNESCO heritage site that has charmed visitors since prehistoric times. Along our tour we will stop to have a swim around one of the best bays, and you will have the option to use my snorkeling equipment, to explore whats under the sea! Other things to note: If the weather conditions don't allow us to go out in the boat, I will let you know ahead of time, and you will be 100% reimbursed for the tour that we had planned. During the Snorkeling activity, there may be the presence of Stinging Jellyfish.