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Catania

SICILY ROCK AND FIRE

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Rock Climbing

Category

7 Days

Duration

Open to all

Experience

Medium

Fitness

From 1 to 6

Partecipants


What you'll do

How often do you get the chance of climbing on the slopes of an active Volcano? Sicily is renowned for its good food and amazing sea... now get ready to experience the Mediterranean Island from a less-known perspective, by exploring all the wild environments and unconventional climbing gems it has to offer. Mount Etna is Eastern Sicily's symbol: with its 3357 meters, it has a history of overlooking the city of Catania and its inhabitants. Its surroundings are home to a variety of unique environments and breath-taking sceneries for climbers. Climbing here means peeling off your fingers on basalt rock and appreciating the specific climbing movements that this rock entails... all while discovering the newly equipped crags!


Itinerary

Arrival in Catania before 12 AM. After settling at the local accommodation, we're off to the first crag! We'll be exploring "Salice," a unique crag on the slopes of Mount Etna. In the evening, we'll have our first taste of Catania's nightlife!
After a revitalizing breakfast, it's back to the crags again. You will explore and climb routes situated in a canyon of rock lava in the town of Linguaglossa. After climbing all day, you'll be thirsty...enjoy an aperitivo with the group in the town of Aci Trezza, a quaint town of fishermen famous for its sea stacks.
It's bouldering day!! The boulder area is located in a wide valley on the west side of Etna. The valley is scattered with excellent-quality blocks of sandstone, while the surrounding oak forest offers a suggestive environment. In the afternoon have a taste of products typical of the Bronte area (especially famous for the production of pistachios).
Tour of Etna! Departing from Catania we’ll reach the "Sapieza Refuge". A cable car will take us to 2600m, and a 3-hour walk to the summit begins. Compatible with volcanic activity and weather conditions, we’ll reach the summit craters, see the lava front, and check out a cave of lava flow. The afternoon can be dedicated to typical Etnean wine tasting.
We head South! You will experience a change of scenery as we head towards Syracuse and climb in one of the local crags. A change of scenery requires a change of rock...you will be climbing on excellent limestone, a guarantee for all climbing levels. In the evening, it's back to Catania, in time to enjoy some typical street food in the lively historical center.
Last day of climbing! After breakfast, meet with your group for one last day of full-climbing in one of the crags surrounding the town of Buccheri. In the late afternoon have a taste of the local dishes with the group, and then it's off to Catania again, where you can enjoy a last night in the lively historical center.
Last breakfast together, a departure from Catania around 10-11 AM or enjoy your last day visiting Catania, and then time to go home - already, unfortunately!

What's included

Accident insurance
Medical and luggage insurance
Travel cancellation insurance
UIAGM IFMGA Guide
Accommodation
Local transport
Fuel
Rope
Gri-Gri
Quickdraws
Belay device
Harness
Helmet
Welcome dinner
Breakfast
Flight
Extra accommodation
Transport from airport
Transport to airport
Climbing Shoes
Lunch
All the remaining dinners
Snacks and drinks
Extra transfer
Tourist tax
Everything not mentioned in the “What’s included”
Single Room supplement

Accomodations

Ostello Degli Elefanti


Ostello degli Elefanti is the most central hostel in Catania. It is located in a luxurious 17th-century palace built for one of Catania’s noble families. Here you’ll find rooms adorned with frescos and precious marble flooring. Beauty, comfort, and hospitality will accompany you in every moment of your stay.


Guides

Mirto

Mirto

Mirto is our local partner and your expert UIAGM alpine guide for the trip. Born and raised in Catania, he is definitely the one to turn to for a true off-the-beaten-track Sicilian experience.


Meeting point

37.50311992280615.087402776686
Catania


Frequently asked questions


Departures

All departures are guaranteed to run

August 2024
Mon
12 Aug
10:00 AM
Sun
18 Aug
9:00 AM

Confirmed

5 spots left
Total
1040 €
Wed
4 Sep
10:00 AM
Tue
10 Sep
9:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €
Mon
23 Sep
10:00 AM
Sun
29 Sep
9:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €
Mon
7 Oct
10:00 AM
Sun
13 Oct
9:00 AM

Confirmed

5 spots left
Total
1040 €
Mon
28 Oct
11:00 AM
Sun
3 Nov
10:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €
Mon
18 Nov
11:00 AM
Sun
24 Nov
10:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €
Mon
2 Dec
11:00 AM
Sun
8 Dec
10:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €
Sat
28 Dec
11:00 AM
Fri
3 Jan
10:00 AM

Confirmed

6 spots left
Total
1040 €

Reviews 4.5

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Anna (Jan 2024)

The trip "Sicily rock and fire" was a nice experience, the only thing I was very unhappy about was the hostel which was old and dirty; we paid way too much for what we got (34 euros a night); the rooms were dark and cold, nothing like shown in the pictures; the breakfast was very poor and extremely disappointing with no yogurts or bread available; considering the condition of the hostel and what we got it shoud not be more than 12 euros a night; As for the climbing I enjoyed all the crags and trying different kinds of rock.


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Anna (Jan 2024)

The trip "Sicily rock and fire" was a nice experience, the only thing I was very unhappy about was the hostel which was old and dirty; we paid way too much for what we got (34 euros a night); the rooms were dark and cold, nothing like shown in the pictures; the breakfast was very poor and extremely disappointing with no yogurts or bread available; considering the condition of the hostel and what we got it shoud not be more than 12 euros a night; As for the climbing I enjoyed all the crags and trying different kinds of rock.


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Sajidul Siraji (Nov 2023)

One of the best climbing trips ever and this is solely credited to our guide, Mirto who is not only a very experienced mountain guide and rock climber, but he also allowed a lot of flexibility in the tour schedule and changed it based on how tired or strong we were feeling that day. This was especially true on the day we hiked up Mount Etna as he changed the date of our hike based on the weather report and we had the best time and views at the top. And all the crags were also so diverse and beautiful. Loved it!


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Tiziana (Sep 2023)

Awesome guide, nice places, flexibility in meeting the group's preferences


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Alex (Jun 2023)

Mirto was an excellent guide, explaining about Sicilian culture geology and geography of the area, and pointing out the best climbs to do at each crag. He was friendly and pushed us to try our hardest on every climb. A great taste of Sicilian culture with aperitifs after every day, and the experience of driving on Sicilian roads!


From 1040 € / person