May 14 – 16, 2024
INAF - Catania Astrophysical Observatory
Europe/Rome timezone

Social Events

Social Dinner

The social dinner is organised for the 15th of May at the  Grand Hotel Baia Verde (****).

The venue is 7 km far from the city center on the cost in the Acicastello municipality. Transportation will be organised.


Excursion on the top part of Mt. Etna 

An excursion to Mt. Etna will be organised for May 13th. 

The excursion foresees a trip till the upper part of Mt. Etna.

Plan: Departure at 8.30 AM from a place in the city center by bus.
You will arrive at an altitude of 1900 meters and then you will arrive at an altitude of 2500 meters by the Etna cable car.
From there, 4x4 off-road buses will take you up to about 3000 meters in “Torre del Filosofo”.
You will take a walk on the edge of the “Crateri Barbagallo”, at the base of the still active South-East Crater, with the assistance of a Volcanological Alpine Guide (about 40 minutes).
At the end of the excursion, the off-road bus will take you back to the arrival station of the cable car at 2,500 meters. The cable car will take you to an altitude of 1,900 meters in about 15 minutes. 

The total duration of the excursion on the top of Mt. Etna is about 2 hours starting from 1900 m asl and back to the same location. 
In case of eruptive activity of the crater or alert, for safety reasons, the excursion will stop at the Belvedere where you will take a walk of about 30 minutes to the “Crateri Sommitali” and you can look out over the Valle del Bove, assisted by the Volcanological Alpine Guides.
The off-road vehicle will continue its journey up to the Crater of 2001 where, always accompanied by an Alpine Guide, you will make a trek of about 30 minutes to get to the top of the crater. At the end, you can take the cable car back to 1,900 meters (in this case the total duration will be around 2 and a half hours).

A bus will take you back to the city center.
Total duration of the tour will be 4 hours and a half or 5 hours.

Cost per person of the excursion to Etna, including BUS, cable car, 4x4 off-road vehicle and volcanologist Alpine guide is €190.00 (VAT INCLUDED)
This price is calculated considering 20 people. If the number of people is less, the tour will not take place.
The trip must be booked by April 10th. 

Upon confirmation that the minimum  number of participants is reached (20 people) we will ask you to pay by April 20th.


Here a video showing  some of the places you may visit.