Bove valley excursion

Sapienza Refuge - Nicolosi (CT)

From: € 45 Euro

Excursion Valle del Bove

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

The excursion to the Valle del Bove will allow you to discover and get excited within 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 Etna 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

Excursion within the Valle del Bove will start from the square of the Sapienza Refuge (Nicolosi - Etna Sud), first taking advantage of the Etna cableway , which from altitude 1900 meters ci will lead to an altitude of 2500 meters.

Once we reach 2500 meters, the trek will start heading north-east and in a few minutes we will reach the Crater of Montagnola (2640 meters) 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.

From the 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 descends with 900mt of difference in height to the Valle del Bove. The itinerary yes winds between vertical walls in which the stratifications of the ancient eruptive centers and the lava dikes are visible.

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

Type of trekking

  • Departure Rifugio Sapienza (South Etna)
  • Arrival Pian del Vescovo (altitude 1500m)
    • Cableway from 1900 to 2500 meters
    • Begin Treeking
    • Crater of Montagnola
    • Into the sandy gully
    • Visit to the valley
    • Packed lunch
    • Arrival at Piano del Vescovo at an altitude of 1500 meters
  • Difference in height: + 100,
  • Altitude difference downhill: - 1000
  • Total distance: About 8 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
  • Snak - 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 in a state of good physical health, who do not suffer from particular pathologies (cardiovascular, respiratory or hypertension).
5/6 hours
about 09:00
about 3:30 pm
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Additional cost
Cable car: 25 Euros
Adults: 45 Euros
Children: 35 Euros
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