Valle del Bove, Italy

Valle del Bove, Italy: Our most recommended tours and activities

Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

1. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

2. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Embark on a trek of iconic Mount Etna with a naturalist guide. Take in outstanding views, learn local history from your guide, visit a lava cave, and see the southeastern crater, Etna's most active area. Enjoy included trekking poles, shoes, and warm clothing. Following your pickup, you will head in the direction of Etna. Passing off-road through Trazzere where you can see the lava flows of 1792, your guide will explain the fauna and flora of the volcano of Etna. Learn Mount Etna's history as you travel in the direction of the Bove Valley, which is an ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to the collapse of 2 major eruptive centers. You'll soon arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, where your hike starts. Follow quiet trails away from the tourist paths. Pass recent lava flows and soak up views of the coastline. Throughout the trek, you can stop to taste sandwiches and local products, at your own expense, and visit a lava cave. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Mount Etna: Summit Craters Guided Trekking Tour

3. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Guided Trekking Tour

Hike to the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with a volcano guide. Discover views from the summit craters, explore a lava tunnel, and ride above Mt. Etna aboard a cable car.  Meet your guide in the Aitne office in front of the cablecar station of Etna south. Soar over lunar-like landscapes as you reach an altitude of 2900 meters in the Torre del Filosofo area. Observe the Bocca Nuova, a crater that opened in 1968 and is one of the area's most impressive craters. Wander to the top and enjoy 360° views and if the weather allows, see all the way to the Aeolian islands and almost all of northern Sicily. Descend the mountain and pass through the craters of the 2002 eruption, then walk inside a lava tunnel and admire the volcanic amphitheater of Valle del Bove, a spectacular 8 km long and 4 km wide caldera. Return to the cable car arrival station at the end of the tour, at an altitude of 2500, and go back by cable car to the starting point. 

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

4. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain its unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes, and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Visit an area of ancient explosive activities, Hornitos, a semi-cave and a state refuge. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation in Catania.

Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

5. Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

Take part in a buggy adventure on Mount Etna. Take in scenic sights, walk around the top of Silvestri Craters and explore the Cassone lava cave. Explore the Etna volcano by buggy on this unique 4-hour activity. After a quick briefing on how to drive your buggy, head off with the guide to the villages of Pedara and Nicolosi. Continue along a track that passes an old lava rock quarry, and experience the buggy’s off-road abilities. Drive on a scenic road leading to Rifugio Sapienza. After a coffee break, take a walk around the top of the Silvestri Craters. Next, take the road down to the Cassone lava cave. Enjoy a quick visit inside, equipped with a helmet and a flashlight. Continue on the route, stopping to admire the immense Valle del Bove from Mount Zoccolaro on the way to Zafferana Etnea, Viagrande and San Gregorio.

Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

6. Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

Discover a living volcano on this guided tour to Mt. Etna. Enjoy a high-altitude lunch, stroll around a lunar-like landscape, and learn about Mt. Etna's fascinating history. After meeting your guide in the heart of Catania, embark on a guided tour to Mount Etna. As you drive, learn about the volcano's biology, geology, and volcanology. After climbing the mountain in your van, take the opportunity to walk on scenic paths away from tourist areas around the rims of several dormant craters. Admire the fantastic Valle del Bove and explore a beautiful lava flow cave carrying a torch. Stop to eat a delicious lunch at 2000 m above sea level. Enjoy typical local products, fantastic wines, liqueurs, local honey, and much as you discover the flavors of the volcano region.

Mount Etna Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

7. Mount Etna Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

Depart from the Sapienza Refuge square in Nicolosi. Take advantage of the Etna cableway, which will take you from an altitude of 1,900 meters up to 2,500 meters, where you'll begin your trek. The first stop bill be a crater that formed from a recent eruption in 2001. See the Escrivà Crater with your volcanological guide, who will be with you through the entire tour to explain the geogoraphy. Reach the base of the Barbagallo craters as you continue north. Once at the bottom, visit the effusive mouths and the respective "hot point" before entering the lava flow channel. Continue to the most recent lava flows from 2021 before taking a break. Continue climbing towards the Barbagallo Craters, formed in the autumn of 2002. Take a tour of the craters before going down inside them. Next, descend towards the Belvedere della Valle del Bove, a place where you can admire the majestic beauty of the great depression, after visiting the craters located at an altitude of 2920 meters. Continue in the direction of the Cisternazza crater before returning to the Etna cable car arrival station. The more fit will be able to continue the descent on foot to Rifugio Sapienza (1,900 m down).

Mount Etna: Half-day Morning Jeep Tour

8. Mount Etna: Half-day Morning Jeep Tour

Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point and from there, you will begin a wonderful adventure to discover the beauty of Mount Etna. It's the highest active volcano in Europe and, since 2013, has also been a UNESCO heritage site. With the help of the Jeep, you will cross the remains of ancient lava flows that destroyed villages and the Etna woods. Equipped with a helmet and torch, visit a beautiful volcanic cave that was formed from a lava tube. You will also discover the incredible Valla del Bove, an ancient volcanic caldera. Accompanied by your hiking guide, take a walk around the now extinct side craters (there are about 300 side craters around Etna in total) at a height of 2000m. Cross the volcanic desert and discover the few endemic plants that survive here. Throughout the journey, your guide will tell you everything that you'd like to know about the history, fauna, flora, and geology of Mount Etna as you admire its unique landscapes At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to the meeting point.

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

9. From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Mount Etna on this guided tour with from Catania or Taormina. Tackle rough terrain in a 4x4 vehicle before enjoying a guided hike on the Monte Fontana trail. See the Valle del Bove and view volcanic craters along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the drive through the stunning Sicilian countryside. Get set up with a bottle of water and hiking gear like a helmet and trekking pole.  Begin your walk on the impressive Monte Fontana trail. Visit the famous valley Valle del Bove, wander through old and new lava flows, and walk on extinct craters. Enter a real lava cave where ice was produced centuries ago.  Discover fun facts about the unique plant and animal life that thrive on this active volcano. End your tour at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002.  Return to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina at the end of your tour.

Linguaglossa: Guided Mt. Etna North and 2002 Craters Hike

10. Linguaglossa: Guided Mt. Etna North and 2002 Craters Hike

Discover the northern side of Etna on a full-day trip from Linguaglossa. Marvel at panoramic views from the Pizzi Deneri Volcanic Observatory, drive up the volcano past volcanic cones, and hike along the lunar-like landscape of Mt. Etna. Hop into a bus equipped to handle the rough mountain terrain and head up Mt. Etna. Follow the Northeast Rift, passing eruptive cones from past and recent eruptions. At 2,900 meters, step out of your bus and into the desolate landscapes of the Piano delle Concazze. Begin your hike and learn about the eruptions that have scarred the area from your guide. Trek for about 10 minutes to reach Valle del Bove and the summit craters. While standing above these deep craters, hear about the 2002 eruption and its devastating impact on the surrounding towns. Continue to the Volcanic Observatory at Pizzi Deneri. See the world from above and spot the Aeolian islands, the coast of Taormina, the coast of Catania, the coast of Calabria, and the Stromboli if weather permits before returning to the foot of the volcano in your bus.

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What people are saying about Valle del Bove, Italy

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,220 reviews

Our tourguide was excellent! He picked up us at our hotel where we were staying and he was telling us about everything we saw during the drive. When we got to Etna, it was well organised and they provided us with lot of information. After our hike, they prepared a tasting of Etna's fire, a local liquor, which was a nice surprise. I highly recommend them.

This is a well planned and delightful day. The pre/and post parts are also perfect. The guides are smart and thoughtful. They offer knowledge and also love the volcano. Avoiding the tourist areas was a pleasure. A prefect day!

highlight of my trip. Alessandro was fantastic - hope you passed your exam! Highly highly recommend!!!

The guides were friendly and knowledgeable , well organized and our group not too large

Amazing views. Great guide. Me and my friends loved it