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“ViVo Etna”

“ViVo Etna”

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.

Mt. Etna Volcano

Mt. Etna Volcano

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.

Get involved into your volcano experience, choose the excursion

  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY

Top Craters

  • Trekking to the summit active craters 3,300 m (10,800 ft) from the southern slope
  • Volcanological and landscape value

    Duration: 6h


  • 9+


  • April – November

  • Difficult

Bove Valley dive

  • Through sandy slides inside the black and desert Bove Valley (Valle del Bove)
  • Volcanological, botanic, and landscape value

    Duration: 6h


  • 9+


  • May – October

  • Medium

Bove Valley panorama

  • Hike through ancient eruptions up to the edge of the impressive caldera
  • Volcanological, botanic, and landscape value

    Duration: 4h


  • 7+


  • March – December

  • Medium

2002 Eruption

  • Visit to the amazing theater of the so-called “perfect eruption”
  • Volcanological, and landscape value

    Duration: 3h


  • 7+


  • March – December

  • Medium

Nature walks / educational trails

  • Easy stroll where the nature is taking over the old lava ground
  • Botanic, volcanological, and landscape value

    Duration: 3h


  • 5+


  • All year round

  • Easy

Stromboli craters

  • Climb the steep flank of the island to enjoy the always-exploding craters at sunset
  • Volcanological, and landscape value

    Duration: 6h


  • 7+


  • All year round

  • Difficult
Top Craters
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Trekking to the summit active craters 3,300 m (10,800 ft) from the southern slope
  • Volcanological and landscape value
    Duration: 6h
  • 9+
  • April – November

  • Difficult
Bove Valley dive
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Through sandy slides inside the black and desert Bove Valley (Valle del Bove)
  • Volcanological, botanic, and landscape value
    Duration: 6h
  • 9+
  • May – October

  • Medium
Bove Valley panorama
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Hike through ancient eruptions up to the edge of the impressive caldera
  • Volcanological, botanic, and landscape value
    Duration: 4h
  • 7+
  • March – December

  • Medium
2002 Eruption
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Visit to the amazing theater of the so-called “perfect eruption”
  • Volcanological, and landscape value
    Duration: 3h
  • 7+
  • March – December

  • Medium
Nature walks / educational trails
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Easy stroll where the nature is taking over the old lava ground
  • Botanic, volcanological, and landscape value
    Duration: 3h
  • 5+
  • All year round

  • Low
Stromboli craters
 
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • DIFFICULTY
  • Climb the steep flank of the island to enjoy the always-exploding craters at sunset
  • Volcanological, and landscape value
    Duration: 6h
  • 7+
  • All year round

  • Difficult

Or get your personalized excursion

Or get your personalized excursion

FAQ

Can anyone join an excursion?

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.

How the excursion works?

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.

What technical equipment do I need?

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.

Is it too tiring?

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.

Will I see the red lava?

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.

Where can I get information about the state of activity of Etna and Stromboli?

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.

Who is a Volcano Guide?

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.

Excursionist rights

The right to

safety

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.

The right to

be informed

about the itinerary, the difficulties, the necessary equipment, eventual changes during the way, and about the fare.

The right to

be heard

the excursionist can ask any pertinent question about the activity or declare his concerns.

The right to

learn

get scientific and cultural information during the excursion.

The right to

enjoy

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

Guide right

to modify at any time the agreed excursion under his own unquestionable decision.

News

Our Latest News

Etna eruption, May 30 to June 6, 2019

Etna eruption, May 30 to June 6, 2019

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Vintage volcano maps

Vintage volcano maps

In the 19th century the volcanology as proper science was not born yet. However, some among the naturalists were fascinated by those particular mountains and they can be regarded as pioneering volcanologists. Sir. Charles Daubeny, Professor of Chemistry in the University of Oxford, commissioned this map to show the comparison among several volcanoes in the […]

Volcanic gases

Volcanic gases

It is well known that the volcanic gas is the main controlling factor during an eruption. It’s the gas that drives the magma from the deep to the shallower layers and then until the surface. It’s the gas ruling the style of the eruption, whether explosive or effusive. In summary the range of behaviours of […]

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