Indagare Tours: Etna Hiking

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Brooding, smoldering Mount Etna dominates the entire northeastern region of Sicily. Driving from Taormina towards the south, the recognizable crater seems to follow you, appearing in your rearview mirror like an imposing character from a fairy tale. Outdoor enthusiasts should reserve a half- or full day for exploring Mount Etna regional park, about a 30-45 minute drive from Taormina. At a certain altitude, you are required to go with a guide, but it's worth hiring someone for the entire journey, as Etna guides double as naturalists who can explain the flora of this region (I have never seen as expansive a birch tree forest as the one that rises out of Etna's black ash in the north of the park.)

There are two approaches: the south flank, kicking off in Rifugio Sapienza (near the town of Zafferana) has a fun funicular and Jeep-off-roading option, a must for families. The less explored northern part is great for serious hikers (you have to walk for a good 2-3 hours before you see the craters). Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to set up a tour.

Written by Simone Girner

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