Snowshoeing on Etna

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Snowshoeing on Etna

Once again this year, thanks to the collaboration with the instructors of the Linguaglossa Ski School, the Volcanological Guides organize trekking and snowshoeing scheduled every day for the months of December, January, February and March.

Among all the activities it is certainly easy to approach even for the little ones who will be able to enjoy a unique experience of its kind, in close contact with nature and the volcano.

The itinerary includes a visit to the Craters of 2002 eruption, passing through the structures destroyed by the lava flows, through the woods of the north side of Etna, up to the top of the Craters. All this for a total distance of 5 km (round trip) and a total of 3h of walking.



Meeting at 9:00 am with your guide at: The KIOSCO BAR MARENEVE by Ferraro Giuseppa. Clicking on the link will open Google Maps automatically, to get to the starting point without problems:

Departure scheduled at 09:30 at the Italian ski school in Piano Provenzana

Departure from Piano Provenzana at an altitude of 1800 m.

Initial briefing.

Beginning of the trek.

Visit to the Craters in 2002 at a maximum altitude of 2150 m.

Trekking descent to the starting point.

Difficulty: T (tourist) also suitable for children

What to expect:

  • Unique landscapes of its kind
  • Contrast between the snow and the dark volcanic rocks
  • Woods, lava flows, fractures and lateral craters
  • View of the sea and the Summit Craters of Etna
  • Regenerating experience

Useful information

  • Recommended clothing: Layered, thermal t-shirt, fleece, down jacket, windbreaker, (better if wearing a ski suit), gloves and hat.
  • The time of the meeting point may vary, and be brought forward to 8: 45/9: 00 in order to guarantee you can find a place for your cars, given the mass of skiers arriving and the consequent difficulty in finding space for parking.
  • Compulsory equipment: trekking or après-ski shoes.


Participation fee: 30€ per person

20€ for children from 8 to 12 years old.

12 € for rent Snowshoes and trekking poles

What is included
  • Volcanological Guide Service
  • Accident insurance
What is excluded
  • Snack
  • Ski suit
  • Snowshoes + Trekking poles (€ 12 per person) rented from authorized rentals on site.
  • Bottled water
  • Windbreaker
  • Parking ticket (to be paid on the spot at a cost of 3 euros)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Extra socks
  • Extra backpack
  • Jacket

Other useful information

  • Recommended clothing: Layered, thermal t-shirt, fleece / down jacket, windbreaker, (preferably wearing a ski suit), gloves and hat.
  • Compulsory equipment: trekking or après-ski shoes.
  • € 20 for ski touring equipment rental
  • € 12 for rent of snowshoes and trekking poles
  • We recommend that you go to the starting points of our excursions, equipped with thermal tires or chains ⛓ on board (if necessary), which are mandatory in the winter months to climb the volcano.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will advise you in order to communicate the cancellation or postponement of your excursion, at the earliest possible date.
  • There is no advance payment, you will pay our service directly on site to the mountain or volcanological guide who will be with you.

How to book?

To book, you can reply by email to the address: :, providing your data (name, surname, actual date of the excursion, number of participants and reference mobile phone number), by sending a message to our number on whatsapp: +39 345 5741330 active every day from 9:30 to hours 19:00, or by filling out the online form in the table below:

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  • Trekking does not require great physical preparation, it is easy and absent of particularly difficult passages, however attention is required since it is volcanic soil, often incoherent and unstable.
  • This itinerary, in relation to the type, is suitable for people in a state of good physical health, who do not suffer from particular pathologies (cardio vascular, respiratory or hypertension).
  • The activities are carried out in compliance with the current anti COVID-19 regulations, we invite participants to bring masks and personal sanitizers with them.

Article written by: Vincenzo Greco G.V.

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Our group is made up of Guides belonging to the Regional College of Alpine and Volcanological Guides of Sicily, the Italian legislation provides that these professionals are the only ones authorized to lead groups in active volcanoes and throughout the island (Framework Law of 2 January 1989 No. 6 and Regional Law of April 6, 1996).

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