Overview

The Full-Day Tour of Etna Park & Taormina by Jeep is an exciting and immersive experience that takes you on a journey through two of Sicily's most beautiful and fascinating destinations. The tour begins with a pick-up from your accommodation, and you'll be transported to the base of Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano. Here, you'll hop aboard a sturdy and comfortable jeep, specially designed to navigate the rugged terrain of the mountain.

As you ascend the slopes of Mount Etna, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights about the history, geology, and culture of this iconic landmark. You'll have the chance to explore the dramatic landscape, walk on the black lava fields, and witness the steaming craters up close. Along the way, you'll also stop at a local winery to taste some of the delicious wines produced in this volcanic region.

After the Etna portion of the tour, you'll be driven to the picturesque town of Taormina, situated on the east coast of Sicily. Here, you'll have the opportunity to wander the narrow streets, marvel at the stunning sea views, and visit the ancient Greek Theater, one of the most impressive historical sites in Sicily. The tour ends with a return trip to your accommodation, leaving you with unforgettable memories of a day spent exploring some of the most remarkable natural and cultural treasures of Sicily.

What To See in Etna Park

Craters
Craters
  • Mount Etna has several craters of different sizes and shapes, each with its own unique characteristics and history.
  • Some of the most famous craters include the Bocca Nuova, the Northeast Crater, and the Southeast Crater.
  • Visitors can get up close to the craters and witness the steam rising from the volcanic vents.
  • The lava fields around the craters are also an impressive sight, with blackened rocks and striking formations.

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Flora and Fauna
Flora and Fauna
  • Etna Park is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, adapted to the harsh volcanic environment.
  • The park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique biodiversity.
  • Visitors can spot different species of birds, including the endangered Etna sparrow, as well as foxes, wildcats, and other mammals.
  • There are also over 1,500 species of plants in the park, many of which are endemic to the area.

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Vineyards
Vineyards
  • The volcanic soil of Mount Etna is ideal for growing grapes, and the region has a long tradition of winemaking.
  • Visitors can stop at one of the many local vineyards to taste the delicious wines produced in the area.
  • Some of the most popular wines include the Etna Rosso, made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, and the Etna Bianco, made from Carricante and Catarratto grapes.

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Geological Features
Geological Features
  • Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has a fascinating geological history.
  • The volcano has been erupting for over 500,000 years, and its lava flows have shaped the landscape in dramatic ways.
  • Visitors can learn about the different types of lava, such as aa and pahoehoe, and the unique formations they create.
  • The park also has several caves and grottos, formed by lava flows and eruptions.

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Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
  • Etna Park has several hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  • The trails range from easy walks to more challenging climbs, catering to all fitness levels.
  • Some of the most popular trails include the Grotta del Gelo Trail, the Valle del Bove Trail, and the Monte Zoccolaro Trail.
  • Guided hikes are available, and visitors can also rent equipment such as boots and walking sticks.

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Things To See In Taormina

Greek Theater
Greek Theater
  • The ancient Greek Theater is one of the most impressive historical sites in Sicily.
  • Built-in the 3rd century BC, the theater has stunning views of Mount Etna and the sea.
  • Visitors can walk through the theater and imagine the plays and performances that were held there thousands of years ago.
Corso Umberto I
Corso Umberto I
  • Corso Umberto I is the main street in Taormina, lined with elegant buildings and boutiques.
  • Visitors can stroll along the street, stopping at cafes and shops along the way.
  • The street is also home to several historic landmarks, such as the clock tower and the Palazzo Corvaja.
Square IX Aprile
Square IX Aprile
  • Piazza IX Aprile is the main square in Taormina, and has stunning views of the sea.
  • The square is surrounded by historic buildings, including the Church of St. Joseph and the Torre dell'Orologio.
  • Visitors can relax in the square and enjoy a coffee or a gelato while taking in the beautiful views.
Cathedral of Taormina
Cathedral of Taormina

The Cathedral of Taormina is a stunning example of Sicilian Baroque architecture.

Built in the 13th century, the cathedral has a beautiful facade and intricate interior.

Visitors can explore the cathedral and marvel at the artwork and decoration.

Beautiful island
Beautiful island
  • Isola Bella is a small island just off the coast of Taormina.
  • The island is a nature reserve, and has stunning beaches and crystal-clear water.
  • Visitors can take a boat trip to the island, or hike down the steep path to the beach.

Know Before You Go

Highlights
Essential Information
Highlights
  • Dress appropriately, wearing layers and comfortable hiking shoes.
  • Bring sunscreen and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Be prepared for rough terrain in the Jeep, so inform your tour guide if you have any back or neck problems.
  • Bring a camera to capture the stunning views of Mount Etna and the surrounding landscape.
  • Try the local cuisine, such as arancini, cannoli, and fresh seafood.
  • Listen to your tour guide, who will be knowledgeable about the history and culture of the region

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    The Full-Day Tour of Etna Park & Taormina by Jeep is approximately 9-10 hours long.

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