– Etna 👉🏻 access to the summit craters, can you go up?

– How far can you go on your own and where with a guide?


Current risk level:

PRE ALARM (in progress since 21. MAI 2023)

  • Last lava fountain: 21/05/2023 produced by the South East Crater
  • Last explosive activity with significant ash emissions from the Summit Craters: May 21, 2023
  • [Current activity in these hours]: Explosive activity localized inside the volcanic chimney of the crater called Bocca Nuova, sporadic and sudden explosions at the South East Crater after the lava fountain of May 21, 2023 – The volcanic tremor persists within the level of attention.


What does it mean?

Updated map of the level 3 volcanic risk according to the “Volcanic Risk Alert Procedures pursuant to the Catania Prefecture Ordinance No. 18709 of 04.04.2013

Here are the rules that must be followed


👉🏻 A tourist-excursion visit is permitted within the YELLOW ZONE (see map below) only if accompanied by authorized personnel in accordance with the law (volcanological or alpine guides).👈🏻


What does the yellow zone include?



  • Above the arrival of the Etna cableway altitude (2500 m.t.) to the South, above the Volcanological Observatory (2800 m.t.) to the North and above the Centenari Mountains (1740 m.t.) to the East within the Valle del Bove.
  • Within the Yellow Zone, in compliance with the rules of the Etna Park Authority, excursions are permitted only if accompanied by Volcanological guides qualified in accordance with the law, in compliance with the Ordinances issued by the Mayors in their respective territories.


UPDATE: Given the Mayor ordinance N.9 published by the Mayor of Nicolosi on 01/06/2021 it will be possible to reach from an altitude of 2500 m. altitude 2750 m.t.  on the southern side of the volcano if accompanied by Alpine or Volcanological Guides.

UPDATE: Given the Mayor ordinance N.55 published by the Mayor of Linguaglossa on: 03/10/2022 it will be possible to reach an altitude of 2850 m. on the north side of Etna (see area highlighted in yellow on the map), and in the summit areas only if accompanied by Alpine and Volcanological Guides.


If the phenomena in progress allow it, the supra-municipal authority, having heard the opinion of the experts of the I.N.G.V. with regard to the type and evolution of the phenomenon underway, it will be able to evaluate the possibility of allowing guided and planned touristic-excursion use within the summit area near the lava fields and eruptive vents, in safe conditions. In this case, the procedures for carrying out the visits will be established with specific measures, which will be allowed only if accompanied by personnel qualified in accordance with the law (GA-GV).


Edited by: Vincenzo Greco GV