stands for Visit Volcano Etna and in Italian language “ViVo” (read /ˈvivo/) means also “alive”. Volcanoes are living systems and Mt. Etna is among the most active volcanoes in the world. Etna Volcano is located in Sicily, Italy, and it stands at 3,300 m (10,800 ft) above the sea.
is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its peculiar volcanic and natural features. Mt. Etna Volcano is the perfect place where enjoy a great volcano experience: the great top craters, the active fumaroles, the black and rough lava, the outstanding Bove Valley, the lava tubes, and the struggle for life of the endemic flora.
Averagely ones every two years, an eruption astonish the people with lava flows and explosions. Let be guided by a professional Volcano Guide to the discovery of such wonders.
You must be healthy and in good physical conditions. Better if you are used to outdoor activity whether you decide to climb the top of Etna or Stromboli. Be honest with yourself and select the excursion with adequate difficulty degree.
We will arrange the excursion by e-mail/phone and then gather at the meeting point. You may be in a group with other excursionists. Weather conditions or restrictions from authorities may affect the excursion: in such cases we go for a plan B.
Trekking boots are mandatory. Besides, depending on the period, you may need a fleece and a waterproof jacket, hat or gloves. Just let me know in advance, and I will lend you what you may need. Do not forget the water and some food.
Well, you are booking an excursion and we go by walk. However, it is not a challenge and we will have the proper breaks during the way. If you think that it could be too hard to you, please consider an easier proposal. The more painful your feet, the more extraordinary your experience.
This is the most popular question! Etna erupts every two years on the average: plan your visit timely or cross your fingers. Stromboli erupts almost constantly since 2,500 years, it is high probable you will see the red lava fountains.
The Italian Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) is the official institution in charge for the volcano monitoring in Italy. Every week a bulletin containing the last updates on the activity of Etna and Stromboli is released. Periodic updates are also provided by the Lab of Experimental Geophysics hosted at the University of Florence. Please, do not trust the unofficial websites usually spreading unreliable information. Otherwise just ask to ViVo Etna.
According to the Italian National Law 2/01/1989, n. 6 “Ordinamento della professione di Guida Alpina” regulating the profession of the Guides, only the patented Mountain Guides and Volcano Guides are authorized to take people on volcanoes. Please refer always to certified and fully qualified Guides, check the list of the patented Volcano Guides of Sicily: Volcano Guides of Sicily.
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the Volcano Guide is trained to face all the possible scenarios on the volcano and he is insured for his professional activity. The number of people in a group must follow a balanced people-to-guide ratio.
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about the itinerary, the difficulties, the necessary equipment, eventual changes during the way, and about the fare.
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the excursionist can ask any pertinent question about the activity or declare his concerns.
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get scientific and cultural information during the excursion.
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excursionist must have time to enjoy his experience, to satisfy his senses, to take pictures; always within the limits prescribed by the good judgment.
Please remember that the Guide is responsible for your safety, so it’s the
to modify at any time the agreed excursion under his own unquestionable decision.
In occasione della luna piena, ViVo Etna propone un’escursione ad alta quota! Sabato 1 Agosto ammireremo il tramonto dalla quota di 3000 metri per poi ridiscendere approfittando della luna che illuminerà i nostri passi. Una Guida Vulcanologica abilitata ci condurrà tra paesaggi lunari e il deserto vulcanico d’alta quota fino a “Torre del Filosofo”. L’itinerario […]
Ciao!Domenica 21 Giugno, primo giorno d’estate, ViVo Etna propone un’escursione sul versante meridionale dell’Etna.Una Guida Vulcanologica abilitata ci condurrà tra paesaggi lunari e la macchia d’alta quota fino al belvedere sulla Valle del Bove. L’itinerario offre numerose peculiarità di tipo vulcanologico, botanico e paesaggistico.L’escursione è rivolta ad escursionisti esperti (EE) ed è adatta anche ai […]
Ciao!Celebreremo la ripresa delle escursioni dopo il lockdown con una escursione promozionale sull’Etna Martedì 2 Giugno.Una Guida Vulcanologica abilitata ci condurrà nel bosco di betulle fino al belvedere di Serracozzo. Cammineremo su antiche colate fino all’orlo della grande caldera che segna il fianco orientale dell’Etna: la Valle del Bove. L’itinerario ha numerose peculiarità di tipo […]