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The excursion to the Valle del Bove will allow you to discover and excite yourself inside the volcanic caldera of the Etna volcano.

Come and discover with us the heart of the largest volcano in Europe

The excursion of the Valle del Bove will allow you to discover and get excited inside the volcanic caldera of the Etna volcano.

The Excursion inside the Valle del Bove starts from the square of the Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi) , Etna south side of Etna.

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


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

Excursion inside the Valle del Bove will start from the square of the Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi - Etna Sud), first using the Etna cableway , which from altitude 1900 meters will lead us to an altitude of 2500 meters.

Once you reach 2500 meters, the trek will start in the north-east direction and in a few minutes we will reach the Crater of Montagnola (2640 meters) During the excursion on Etna the Alpine Guide or the Volcanological Guide that accompanies you along the way will tell you everything what you want to know about the volcano and its history, while admiring the lunar panorama of Etna.

From Cima della Montagnola you can enjoy a superb view of the summit craters. Just below the top of the Montagnola begins a gully of volcanic sand that with 900m of altitude difference goes down to the Valle del Bove. The itinerary winds through vertical walls where the stratifications of the ancient eruptive centers and the lava dikes are visible.

Continue along the bottom of the valley on the lava field of the 1991-93 eruption and then exit the valley through a beautiful beech forest.


Duration: 5/6
€ 85 for person
  The price includes the cost of the cable car and Jeep
  Rates are ALL-Inclusive

Tipologia di Trekking

  • Meeting point: with La Alpine or Volcanological Guide at the Cableway Ticket Office
  • Meeting time: Meeting at 9:00 am, departure at 09:30 am.
  • Cableway transport: Cableway from 1900m up to 2500m.
  • Treeking: To the top of Montagnola.
  • Descent: Canalona della Montagnola
  • Treeking: inside the majestic caldera of Etna.
  • Difference in height: 400 D +
  • Downhill difference in height: 1500 D-.
  • Return now : At approximately 3:30 pm
  • Difficulty: For hikers used to walking at high altitude - E (Hikers)

What's Included:

  • Certified volcanological or Alpine guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Helmet
  • Funicular and 4x4 jeep (50 € per person)
  • Food and drink
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker
  • Backpack

Compulsory equipment:

  • Trekking shoes (possibility of rent)
  • Windbreaker or down jacket (possible to rent)
  • Water - minimum 1,5 L

Recommended equipment:

  • Snak - Packed lunch
  • trekking poles
  • K-way (waterproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen / cocoa butter
  • Spare shirt


  • The excursion may undergo changes at the discretion of the Guides or be interrupted should 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.
  • Also suitable for children over 7 years of age.
  • This itinerary, in relation to the type and altitude, is suitable for people in a good state physical health, which is not suffer from particular pathologies ( cardio-vascular, respiratory or hypertension ).

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