Cableway + Hiking

Morning, all year round – Tue, Thu

Duration3-4 hours
Hiking Altitude Gain+400mt
Meeting pointRifugio Sapienza, South Etna

A hike through the moon-like terrain of the black desert and lateral craters of Piano Del Lago, above 2500m on the South side of Etna. The hybrid solution for hiking the typically volcanic area just under the summit active craters, ascending with the iconic gondola lift from the touristic station on the South flank at 1900m until 2500m and then hiking up.

This trip takes you high up to cross a characteristic landscape composed of pyroclastic cones, recent lava fields, endemic vegetation living in extreme conditions and sharp carpets of lava rocks.

Your reservation


130,00  per person

Min. 2 people

Small group option: €130 p.p. (max. 9 hikers/guide), cableway ticket included

Private option: €180 p.p. (min. 2 people), cableway ticket included
It is possible to do the Cableway + hiking tour as a private option on any day of the week, contact us to agree on the arrangements.

Family promo: 30% discount on full price for kids from 4 to 12 years old

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Difficulty level

Very easy

These are tours that do not involve significant physical activity and are suitable for families with very young children and people with walking limitations.


Hikes can be taken by most people in good health, families with active lifestyles and by children who are used to the outdoors.


Trails are best suited for people who are in good physical conditions and fit, with some hiking experience and who can handle higher altitudes.


Trails are dedicated to people with a high fitness level that have done similar hikes before and who can handle long ascents, high altitude and prolonged exercise.


Required equipment: Hiking shoes (can be rented), helmets (provided), 1,5L water
Recommended equipment: Long trousers, backpack, wind/rain jacket (can be rented), fleece and gloves (cold season only), hiking sticks (optional, provided), cap, sunscreen, snack

Meeting point

Rifugio Sapienza (Etna Sud): can be reached by provinciale road 92 (SP92) or from da Zafferana Etnea (Eastern side) or from Nicolosi (South-Eastern side). It is a well-paved, two-lane tourist road that can be traveled by any means of transport. At the meeting point there is large free and paid parking available with a bar, toilets and catering available.

Further information

Our hikes and tours start from meeting points that can be comfortably reached by road. The meeting times and locations are different with different tour options and throughout the year. These will be confirmed when booking each hike.

All the hikes that reach middle or high altitude and the active craters can be limited by volcanic activity, temporary restrictions, harsh weather, snow/ice coverage or other major inconveniences. Instead, if the hike or tour is cancelled by the partecipant, our cancellation policy is the following:

No fee until 48 hours before the trip
50% cancellation fee until 24 hours before the trip
100% cancellation fee on the day of the trip

Participants must follow all instructions provided before and during the excursion by the guide(s). Any action different from these will be excluded from insurance coverage.

Some images from the tour

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