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Etna tour and pistachio lunch

Catania, Italy

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Experience hosted by Raffaele

7.5 hours
Includes food, transportation, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

After our meeting we'll reach Etna's area with my car. This activity will give you the opportunity to know the peculiar aspects of the Etna volcano. During the tour we will discover its landscapes, extinct craters, its ancient and recent lava flows and we'll go inside a spectacular lava caves, with helmets and torches. The day will continue with the visit of the lower west side of Etna, home of the green gold of Bronte, the pistachio! The west side is one of the most "tasty" of Etna, with 1% of the world production of pistachio offers typical sweets made entirely with this dried fruit. After lunch break in Bronte town, based on typical seasonal products an pistachio dishes,
we will see how and where this surprising culture resists to the volcanic soils, apparently unproductive and inhospitable.

Tour for a minimum of 2 pax
Other things to note
The pick-ups with the guide's car can also take place directly from your accommodation, with prior agreement and without any additional cost.

Tour for a minimun of 2 persons
After our meeting we'll reach Etna's area with my car. This activity will give you the opportunity to know the peculiar aspects of the Etna volcano. During the tour we will discover its landscapes, extinct craters, its ancient and recent lava flows and we'll go inside a spectacular lava caves, with helmets and torches. The day will continue with the visit of the lower west side of Etna, home of the green gold of Bronte, the pistachio! The west si…

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What's included

  • Food
    Tipical sicilian lunch with seasonal food and pistachio dishes
  • Transportation
    Guide's private car
  • Equipment
    Helmets and torches for the cave visit
From $134
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Raffaele

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
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Hello everyone, my name is Raffaele, founder of sicilyhikingtour.com. I was born and raised in a small town in the northwest of Etna, Bronte, famous all over the world for the production of pistachio, which grows on the lava rock!
The passion for nature and outdoor activities, ever since I was a child, has led me to become a hiking nature guide (AIGAE). In my personal tours I offer the opportunity to discover various naturalistic itineraries on Etna, accompanied by tastings of typical local products. Follow me and you will see!
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Where you'll be

During the light trekking we'll visit a lava cave, we will cross lunar landscapes with alternating woods and pioneer plants and reach the summit of a side crater at almost 1800 above sea level. After lunch break with pistachio dishes and typical products we will visit the agricultural area of ​​Bronte characterized by pistachio crops growing on the lava rock.

Tour for a minimum of 2 persons

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Hans-Robert
October 2019
Our tour was a fantastic experience from start to the very end. Raffaele has been very friendly and kind and has shared a lot of knowledge with us during the day. Visiting the different places on the Etna was a wonderful experience in itself; the fantastic lunch,the visit to Bronte and the pistaccio-farm made the experience truly unique. Thank you!
Our tour was a fantastic experience from start to the very end. Raffaele has been very friendly and kind and has shared a lot of knowledge with us during the day. Visiting the diff…
Anna
September 2019
This experience was truly one of a kind. This is NOT a commercial or touristy excursion - you will spend your day having an authentic experience with a true local Sicilian. Raffaele is extremely friendly and passionate about Etna and the surrounding area. We learned so much about the history and scientific aspects of Etna. The hike itself was not along the typical tourist trails which made our experience feel very special and unique compared to other people on the slopes of Etna. We had lunch in Raffaele’s home town of Bronte at a local restaurant that uses the famous Bronte pistachio. Raffaelle was incredibly hospitable and generous, ensuring we walked away from lunch brimming with smiles and full bellies. The last part of our experience was on a pistachio farm overlooking the ancient Etna lava fields. We learned an incredible amount information on pistachio growing, grafting, and harvesting. Overall this experience was truly special. One of a kind. By the end of the day, we felt like we made a friend. We cannot recommend this experience enough. If you enjoy the outdoors, authentic food experiences, agriculture, and great conversation, this is the AirBnb experience for you!
This experience was truly one of a kind. This is NOT a commercial or touristy excursion - you will spend your day having an authentic experience with a true local Sicilian. Raffael…
Milena
July 2019
The experience was amazing ! A perfect mix of relax, culture, nature, training, great food and enjoyable conversations. What alse!? Me and my sister felt like home with Raffaele. I highly raccomand it.
Lana
July 2019
This tour was fantastic. I cannot imagine that a mainstream tour of Etna could come close to this experience. Raffaele knows so much about Etna and Bronte. He took us off the beaten paths, was patient, kind, and knowledgeable. The lunch was one of the best of our trip (they even made me a vegetarian option without prior notice). The pistachio farm was a unique and interesting experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Etna. You’ll have a blast and it’s a tremendous value for all that you see.
This tour was fantastic. I cannot imagine that a mainstream tour of Etna could come close to this experience. Raffaele knows so much about Etna and Bronte. He took us off the…
Irene
June 2019
Don't miss this trip and Raffaele as your guide. He has so much passion for the vulcano and the nature arround it. The visite at the pistacchio farm was very personal and special. I learned a lot about the biological and geological aspects. I will always remember this interesting day with "a friend" :-)
Don't miss this trip and Raffaele as your guide. He has so much passion for the vulcano and the nature arround it. The visite at the pistacchio farm was very personal and special.…
Rana
May 2019
Raffaelle is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Was on time to pick me up from my hotel. And even though it was only me booked on the tour he didn’t cancel or asked to reschedule, and truly felt like a private tour. He explained the history about every place we stopped at, also provided all what was written in the tour description. I would definitely book another tour with him next time i’m in Sicily. Go for it!!
Raffaelle is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Was on time to pick me up from my hotel. And even though it was only me booked on the tour he didn’t cancel or asked to resc…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothing, anorak, sunscreen, confortable shoes, water, camera.