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What are Mount Etna's opening hours? 

Mount Etna is open from 8:45 AM to 4:10 PM every day. 

Where is Mount Etna located? 

Mount Etna is located at 95031 Adrano, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy. Find on maps

How many visitors does Mount Etna see every year? 

Mount Etna sees around 1.5 million visitors annually. 

What are Mount Etna opening hours?

Daily: 8:45 AM to 4:10 PM

Last entry: 3:50 PM 

What’s the best time to visit Mount Etna? 

You can plan your visit to Mount Etna all year round. The best time to visit is between April and June or between September and November. During this time, the weather is mild and the Mount Etna volcano is less crowded. You can also visit Mount Etna during the winter. However temperatures are low, and the Etna volcano may be covered in snow at higher elevations during the season. During this time, some activities and trails might be limited due to weather conditions. Additionally, volcanic activity may affect accessibility to Etna during the winter.

If you are visiting Mount Etna from July to August, do keep in mind that these months tend to be the warmest and are the most crowded. 

Where is Mount Etna located? 

Address: 95031 Adrano, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy. 

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Mount Etna is located on the eastern coast of Sicily. 

Nearest landmark: Etna Regional Park

Getting to Mount Etna in Sicily

By bus

Buses run from Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII to Rifugio Sapienza every day. The first bus leaves Piazza Papa Giovanni XXII at 8:15 AM and the last bus from Rifugio Sapienza is at 4:30 PM. 

By train

Trains run from Borgo Station in Catania to Riposto. The train journey creates a loop around the Mount Etna volcano and provides stunning views of the surrounding areas. 

By car

The southern and eastern slopes are commonly used to access the Mount Etna volcano. If you are traveling by car, take the SS121 or SS284 roads, which provide access to these slopes.

Once you park your car, you will have to take a cable car or 4X4 vehicle to reach the summit of Mount Etna. 

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  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Toilets 
  • Parking 
  • Picnic areas
  • Barbecue areas
  • Information Center
  • Wear comfortable footwear when visiting Mount Etna, especially when you are going hiking on the volcano. 
  • Mount Etna is an active volcano, so do check with the organizations about the possibility of volcanic activity on the day of your visit. 
  • Pack essentials such as water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks. The high altitude and sun exposure can lead to dehydration, so staying hydrated is crucial.
  • Remember that Mount Etna is a natural wonder. Respect the environment, stay on designated paths, and follow any rules or regulations to minimize your impact on the ecosystem.
  • Capture the dynamic beauty of Mount Etna with a polarizing filter to enhance colors and a tripod for stable shots. The ever-changing landscape is a photographer's paradise.
  • Carry binoculars for an up-close encounter with the awe-inspiring craters and panoramic landscapes. Spot wildlife and distant landmarks for a more immersive experience.
  • Ash plumes can sometimes occur, so having a respirator handy is advisable, especially for those with respiratory sensitivities.
  • Ristorante La Cantoniera Etna: Located 450m from Mount Etna, Ristorante La Cantoniera Etna serves delicious vegan dishes and even has a special menu for young explorers. 
  • Trattoria N’Da Calata: Located 20 km from Mount Etna, Trattoria N’Da Calata is a Sicilian restaurant known for its yummy vegan cuisine. 
  • Ristorante Osteria del Gusto: 28 km from Mount Etna, Ristorante Osteria del Gusto offers dishes from Southern Italy and has great outdoor seating. However, it’s important to know that the restaurant only accepts cash payments. 

Budget: Gli Ulivi dell'Etna (23 km), Etnella Enoagriturismo Notti Stellate Etna Mare (35 km), Etna Wine Agriturismo (52 km), 

Mid-range: Rifugio Sapienza (45m), La Rocca Della Rosa (20 km), Borgata Baldazza (37 km). 

Luxury: Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa (48 km), Hotel Villa Neri Resort & Spa (38 km), Monaci delle Terre Nerre (22 km)

Frequently asked questions: Visiting Mount Etna in Sicily

What are Mount Etna's opening hours?

Mount Etna is a natural wonder, and does not have any designated opening hours. However, to get to Mount Etna, you have to take a bus. The buses run every day from 8:45 AM to 4:10 PM. 

What is the best time to visit Mount Etna?

Plan your visit to Mount Etna during the spring or the autumn. During this time, the weather is mild and the volcano is less crowded. 

How much time does it take to visit Mount Etna?

A visit to Mount Etna can take up to 5 hours. 

Where is Mount Etna located?

Mount Etna is located at 95031 Adrano, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy, on the eastern coast of Sicily. 

What is the best way to get to Mount Etna?

The best way to reach Mount Etna in Sicily is by taking the bus from the Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII bus stop in Catania. The bus journey takes around 2 hours and drops you at the Rifugio Sapienza which is a quick one-minute walk from Mount Etna. 

Is Mount Etna wheelchair accessible?

Mount Etna has limited accessibility for wheelchair users. Booking jeep tours is a great way to get around mobility constraints and see the best of Etna

Is photography permitted inside Mount Etna?

Photography is permitted inside Mount Etna. But be mindful of your surroundings and follow all safety guidelines when taking pictures of the volcano.

How do I book tickets to visit Mount Etna?

You can easily book your tickets for Mount Etna online. You can choose from different ticket options and even enjoy cheaper rates online. 

How much does it cost to visit Mount Etna?

It will cost you around €35 to visit Mount Etna. Ticket prices also vary according to the kind of ticket you have purchased.