Crossing Etna - Excursion Crossing from Etna Sud arrival Etna Nord

Sapienza Refuge - Nicolosi (CT)

€ 50 guida + € 75 cable car and Jeep 4x4

Crossing ETNA


The CROSSING ETNA excursion is not carried out due to the recent eruption which makes access from the southern slope impossible. Therefore a similar excursion is the same:

(with remodulation of the final cost).

Come and discover with us the largest volcano in Europe at 3357 meters

The excursion on the Crossing of Etna with a visit to the summit craters of Etna at 3323 m. it is undoubtedly the most fascinating excursion, the most spectacular that will allow you to visit both slopes of the Volcano Etna .

The Crossing of Etna starts from the square of Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi) , Etna South side of Etna and arrives on Etna Nord Piano side Provençana.

During the excursion you will be accompanied exclusively by: ALPINE GUIDES and VOLCANOLOGICAL GUIDES


The meeting point of the excursion is in front of the ticket office of the Etna cable car. Nicolosi Etna Sud - Rifugio Sapienza

The excursion to the summit craters will start the tour "Etna Sud Summit Craters Excursion" from the square of the Sapienza Refuge (Nicolosi - Etna Sud), first using the Cableway Etna , which from an altitude of 1900 meters will lead us to an altitude of 2500 meters. Once you reach 2500 meters, the trekking will begin, which in about an hour will reach the effusive mouths that were formed in 2002. After visiting the lava tunnel, the tour continues towards the "Barbagallo craters" located at 2900 meters in the area called Barbagallo Craters or (Ex Torre del Filosofo) . From here you will have a first view of the true volcanic landscape of Etna with a view of the Ionian Sea.

After the visit of the craters the excursion will continue through the lava fields emitted by the recent activities of the South East Crater and will lead us to the Summit Craters of Etna . During the excursion to Etna the Alpine Guide or the Volcanological Guide that accompanies you along the journey will tell you everything you want to know about volcano and its history, while you admire the lunar panorama of Etna.

After 2km of trekking, in which we will initially cross the last lava flow of 27 July 2019, we will take a path that in about an hour and 45 minutes that will lead us to 3250 meters , i.e. on the edge of the “Bocca Nuova” , one of the four Summit Craters of Etna . The "Bocca Nuova" crater, which opened in 1968, is noteworthy because it is probably the largest and most impressive crater. Inside there are 2 important craters. Named: Bocca Nuova from '64 or from Spagnola, and Bocca Nuova from 1968 .

Continuing with the excursion in a clockwise direction, we will continue through an agile path, always skirting the Crater "Bocca Nuova" , will lead us to the edge of the Central Crater (also called La Voragine). By observing the Crater you can admire the very last eruptive vent opened in the last year.
From this last point, going up a steep but short climb, (in consideration of the weather conditions and volcanic activity) you can make a short "view" inside the North East Crater , formed in 1911, a real summit of Etna . From the top of Etna the view will be spectacular !! We could look at 360 ° , and if the day allows it we could clearly see the Aeolian islands , the coast of Taormina , the coast of Catania , the coast of the Calabria , and the Stromboli. ,
Last but not least we will observe the Southeast Crater formed starting from the year 1971 which is one of

Type of trekking

  • Departure Rifugio Sapienza (South Etna)
  • Arrival Piano Provenzana (North Etna)
    • Cableway from 1900 to 2500 meters
    • Jeep 4x4 from 2500 to 2900 meters
    • Begin Trekking
    • Barbagallo Craters (2002 eruption)
    • Bocca Nuova Crater (3300m)
    • North East Crater
    • North Face Descent
    • Volcanological Observatory
    • Sandy gully
    • Arrival at Piano Provenzana at an altitude of 2500 meters
  • Difference in height: + 400,
  • Altitude difference downhill: - 1500
  • Total distance: About 13 km
  • Degree of difficulty: moderate

What's included

  • Certified volcanological or alpine guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Helmet

Mandatory equipment

  • Trekking shoes (possibility to rent)
  • Windbreaker or down jacket (rentable)
  • Water

Recommended equipment

  • Backpack
  • Snake- Packed lunch
  • Trekking poles
  • K-way (waterproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen / cocoa butter

More info

  • Rental of trekking shoes on request (5 euros)
  • Rental of duvets (winter jackets) on request (5 euros)
  • Also suitable for children over 7 years of age.
  • More information? See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Read carefully
The excursion may undergo variations at the discretion of the Guides or be interrupted if the environmental, atmospheric or volcanic conditions change, such as to compromise the safety of the entire group.
The excursion will take place within the limits set by the ordinances in force.
This itinerary, in relation to the type and altitude, is not suitable for people who do not suffer from particular pathologies (cardiovascular, respiratory or hypertension).

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6/7 hours
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about 16:00 pm
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Additional cost
Cable car and bus: 75 Euros
Adults: 125 Euros
Children: 95 Euros
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