Excursion on Mount Etna

Serracozzo and Valle del Bove

In short


Rifugio Citelli

Starting Height:

1,740 Metres

Max Height:

2,100 Metres


4/5 Hours


6/7 Kilometres

Levels of Difficulty:

Difficulty Demanding

Excursion Details

This is a splendid excursion on the northeast side of Mount Etna, that departs from the historic Citelli Refuge.

The route takes us along a beautiful and unique pine, beech and aetnensis birch forest, an endemic species of Mount Etna.

After passing an old lava stone ruin of an ancient sheepfold, and crossing old, lava flows eroded by the melting of snow, we will arrive at the Grotta di Serracozzo 1840 metres.

This cave is a lava flow tunnel formed during the 1971 eruption.

Continuing the climb, we will reach a very panoramic spot that will allow us to admire the Valle del Bove, an immense depression caused by the collapse of eruptive centres, dating back 64,000 years.
This valley occupies an area of about 37 sq km.

This valley occupies an area of about 37 sq km.

For people in good physical condition with hiking experience.

Good physical preparation is required, and no cardiological, respiratory, and hypertensive problems.

Note: We will also visit a Volcanic Cave.

For the safety of hikers, the guide can modify the excursion if adverse weather and volcanic conditions should occur, or for any other reason that could compromise the success of the excursion.

What will you provide me with?

Our organization will provide you with:


A nature guide (AIGAE Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche)


A helmet for visiting volcano caves

What should I do and not do?

It is imperative that you follow your guide’s instructions at all times.
Above all, never go off on your own.

What should I take with me?


Some snacks and a 1 1/2 litre bottle of water


Hiking Shoes


A hat.


A windbreaker.


A fleece jacket.


A rucksack.


Long trousers.




Sunscreen lotion

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