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Getting There

By Bus -- AST buses (tel. 840-000323; www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it) runs a daily service from the central railway station in Catania (leaving at 8:15am, and departing Etna at 4:30pm) at a cost of 5.90€ return, making the climb up from the south side in 2 hours.

By Car -- By car, the ascent to the summit can be approached from the northern side, leading up to the ski area at Piana Provenzana , or southern side, arriving at the base camp at Rifugio Sapienza (tel. 095-915321; www.rifugiosapienza.it) at 1,900m (6,233 ft.).

By Cablecar-- From Rifugio Sapienza, you will be whisked up to 2,504m (8,215 ft.) in a cablecar run by the Funivia dell'Etna (tel. 095-914141; www.funiviaetna.com, open 9am-5:30pm and on Monday evenings from 5:30pm for sunset hiking) up to Montagnola (2,500m/8,200 ft.) and from there you can board an all-terrain vehicle with a mountain guide to take you to the highest point possible at 3,323m (10,902 ft.). The combined cost for cablecar and bus excursion is 51€, or 27€ for cablecar passage only. The 2-hour guided excursions run from March to November, with the buses operating as ski transport in the winter months. Note: Climbs to the summit can be suspended without warning due to inclement weather.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.