Mount Etna general information

Mount Etna general information

The nearest airport to Etna is Catania, which lies just a few minutes away from the volcano. Catania is easily reachable if transferring in Italy or it is possible to choose direct flights from Gatwick and several other major European airports with British Airways.

Mount Etna is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sicily, so there are several well-kept roads into the park area. It’s easiest to hire a car to drive straight from the airport which is just 18kms away but, failing that, there a one-a-day bus service running between Cantania and Nicolosi. There are also a few trains running from the airport.

Once in the foothills of Etna, there are several ways to get around the mountain. A few lifts serve the volcano from the various nearby towns and a lift pass the same price regardless of the season. It is also possible to arrange a four-wheel-drive for part way up the slopes. Otherwise, those who really want to explore should take their time and walk the distance. By hiring a local guide, visitors can really get the most out of the spectacular views (provided it’s not too foggy).