Today, you’ll head up the slopes of Europe’s tallest volcano, the 3,350-metre-high Mount Etna. From the port, you’ll be taken on a 90-minute panoramic drive through the countryside to the Crateri Silvestri, a giant crater 1,950 metres above sea level. Up here, you can take in views of the city of Catania down on the coast, as well as the surrounding gulf. After a photo stop, your guide will help you get your bearings, after which you’ll have free time to explore. You can hike along the former lava streams, and there’s a restaurant that serves snacks and soft drinks. If you want to venture up further towards the volcano’s summit, you can opt for a ride on cable car here – it stops off at the 2,400-metre mark. Before the return journey back to the port, you’ll have a chance to visit the souvenir shop for some trinkets made out of volcanic rock, too.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.