The Vulcanoes of Sicily

An 8-day walking tour
Walking tour
Walking Tours
Difficulty level 2,5
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITSIC05W
Italy
Sicily

Prices

from 825€

Walking on the Italian vulcanoes

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This walking tour ‘Vulcanoes of Sicily’ is simply amazing because you will discover four volcanoes: Etna, Vulcano, Lipari, and Stromboli. Italy is a volcanically active country with 48 volcanoes, containing the only active volcanoes in mainland Europe and two of them erupt frequently the ETNA & Stromboli. The tour starts on the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago with eight noteworthy Islands. UNESCO listed them in 2000 as a World Heritage Site. You will experience an immense emotion admiring a unique landscape, where the sea meets the sky. Visiting the Aeolian Islands you understand a that they are a popular destination: sun, sea, volcanic landscape and a great cookery based on the marine traditions. Enjoy the fresh fish dishes flavoured with fresh herbs, capers and olives.

View of Isola Bella

A highlight will be climbing the Etna, a real wonder of nature, with an ever-changing look. The main crater does not exist anymore, but there are (2019) five minor craters. At the foot of the Etna there are the vineyards producing excellent wines made with local varieties like Nerello Mascalese and Carricante. Another unforgettable experience will be visiting the town of Taormina, a pearl of Sicily and Italy. Enjoy walking along its small streets, with lovely shops, typical restaurants and its magical Greek-Roman amphitheater with breathtaking view over the sea and Etna.

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Greek theatre in Taormina & Etna

The daily program of the 8-day tour

Individual arrival at Catania and transfer to your hotel in Milazzo. Milazzo is located between two gulfs, the one of Milazzo to the east and that of Patti to the west. The city has a millennial history: the numerous evidences include the Castle, the fortified city and the ancient village, which are UNESCO sites and constitute the Marine Reserve of Capo Milazzo Promontory.

The town is on the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, as a Honorary Host and is an ideal starting point for visit of the Aeolian Islands, the park of Nebrodi and Tindari. 

In the morning, you will take a hydrofoil to the nearby island of Lipari (1 hour).
You will arrive at your accommodation on the island. Later, free time to spend on this enchanting island: visit the magnificent Archaeological Museum, which houses a valuable exhibition of underwater archaeology or walk to the west side of the island to discover hidden part of the island.

Overnight with breakfast at Lipari.

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 8 km / 5 mi

Ascent & Descent: + 290m – 290m

After breakfast, you will have time to enjoy the wonderful beach of Lipari or to take the hydrofoil to Vulcano (10 min). This island incorporates several volcanic sites, including one of the four active non-underwater volcanoes in Italy. The biggest volcano, Vulcano della Fossa, is extinct. You walk up to the Great Crater where the fumaroles of the active volcano can be seen. It is a hard climb, but you will no doubt agree that it was worthwhile given the magnificent views over the other six Aeolian Islands. You can then relax in the mud pools and hot springs close to the harbour. For your overnight stay, you will return to Lipari by hydrofoil.

 

Overnight with breakfast at Lipari

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 6 km / 3,7 mi

Ascent & Descent: + 390m – 390m

This morning you will take the hydrofoil or boat to the island of Stromboli (1 hour).  Check-in at the hotel and free time to visit the pretty village of San Vincenzo or to do a boat tour around the island and visit the enchanting village of Ginostra, one of the most beautiful corners of the whole archipelago.

In the afternoon, accompanied by an expert and authorized local guide, you will have an excursion to the volcano of Stromboli. The volcano is 924m high and, and if it is not erupting you can only go up accompanied by an authorized guide. The guide has the authority to cancel the trip if the weather is bad, if there is the risk of eruption or if the physical conditions of the walkers are not suitable, because the climb is steep and hard.
On the way back, you will need a torch because the descent is in the dark.

Your overnight stay with breakfast at Stromboli

Walking time: 5 hours

Distance: 10 km / 6,2 mi

Ascent & Descent: + 924m – 924m

Today, you can relax on the black beach and, in the late afternoon you can walk to the ‘Sciara del Fuoco’, where you can see Stomboli’s volcanic activity with an amazing view of the craters.
As an alternative, you can take a hydrofoil to visit the island of Panarea and walk to Cala Junco, one of the most famous beaches from the archipelago.

 

Your overnight stay with breakfast at Stromboli

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance : 6 km / 3,7 mi

Ascent & Descent: + 400m– 400m

This morning you leave for Milazzo (2 hours) by hydrofoil. From Milazzo a private transfer bring you to Taormina, a small town perched on the mountain façade. Taormina defined more than once, the terrace of the nobility, because during the early eighteenth century famous noble people came here on their holiday. Many foreigners, especially Germans and English people, bought a real estate and built stunning villas. Guests such as William II, Edward VII, the kings of Siam and Tonkin, the Rotschilds, the Morgans, the Krupps, frequented the city.

When you visit Taormina, do not forget to visit the ancient Theatre on the top of the hill: it is the main monument of the city, not only for its artistic value, but also for its stunning location. Romans used this theatre for games and shows and today it is still a popular place for music and theatre events, because of its excellent acoustics. The view enjoyed from the theatre is called the “panorama by excellence“.

This day is dedicated to the exploration on foot of the upper part of the Etna, accompanied by an expert local guide. Etna is the highest and most active volcano of the Eurasian plate and is included in the Unesco World Heritage list since 2013. The volcano occupies an area of 1265 km², with a diameter of over 40 kilometers and a base perimeter of about 135 km. On top, you can see the great craters formed by the eruptions of 2002 and at this height, you have magnificent views of the Ionian coast. Returning to the hotel, you pass along the edge of Valle del Bove, formed by the collapse of an old volcano. The itinerary depends, of course, on the weather conditions and the activity of the volcano, but the objective is to have a marvelous day of adventure.

Your overnight stay with breakfast at Taormina

Walking time: 4 hours

Distance: 9 km / 5,6 mi

Ascent & Descent: + 500m – 500m

Breakfast and end of our services.

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 2,5
The Vulcanoes of Sicily
An 8-day walking tour

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Code | ITSIC05W
LEVEL 2,5

You walk on footpaths and walking trails. The daily distances are not long, but there are some hard climbs. For walkers with enough walking experience and a good physical condition. Particularly demanding is the climbing to the Stromboli.

The daily distances are between 6 km/ 3,6 mi and 10 km / 6,2 mi

Total km: 39 km / 24,3 mi

 

DEPARTURES:

Daily from April until end of October (not in August)

 
PARTICIPANTS:

1 or more people.

 
START / FINISH:

Catania / Taormina

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