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Helicopter Tour Etna Volcano

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There’s traditional Etna excursions, Hiking Tours or Jeep ride that move through the off-road streets of Etna, and then there’s a helicopter tour.

We take you far above the ground to behold all the major Etna landmarks on a helicopter flight around the most active European volcano!

Sicily at a glance

Benvenuti in Sicilia, an amazing outdoor museum!

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a captivating blend of ancient architecture, beautiful, hidden away beaches and a bustling capital full of charisma and authentic charm.

Thanks to its geographical location, Sicily has had the major role in the historical events that have played a key role in the Mediterranean.

Sicily has an abundance of history. Some of the world’s most remarkable Byzantine mosaics stand side-by-side with Greek temples and Roman amphitheaters and cathedrals. And the baroque architecture is incredible!

The not-to-be-missed cities of Sicily

Sicily is a place where natural and manmade beauty finds a perfect marriage. While your time would not be wasted visiting any of our cities, I always suggest you plan your itinerary around a few of these cities—especially if your time here is limited.
Taormina. Perhaps there is no more famous name in Sicily than Taormina. This resort town draws the international jet set to its romantic alleys and glittering hotels. But Taormina is steeped in ancient history and mythology—Giardini-Naxos, Teatro Greco, and the Norman and Baroque monuments are all worth a visit.

Of course, Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano, is in Taormina, and no visit to Sicily would be complete without gazing at its stunning vistas.

Catania. In a perfect world, you’d devote two full days to the art, museums, and Roman ruins of Catania. Don’t miss Duomo Square, La Pescheria (the fish market), and the Bellini Gardens.

Mt Etna, locally called “Mongibello”, is Europe’s largest and most active volcano. Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas. Etna is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years. Read More

Palermo. Palermo bears witness to its past—conquered by the Phoenicians, Arabs, and Spanish, its churches and archeological remnants are unrivaled. Then the Palazzo dei Normanni and its Byzantine mosaics never fail to awe visitors; Normal Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel are divine; golden beaches of Mondello Lido, the foodie delights of the city’s markets, the Botanical Gardens—all are must-see sights in Palermo.

Monreale. The city’s Duomo is one of the greatest medieval treasures in the world—the 58,000 square feet of mosaics will take your breath away.

Siracusa and Ortygia Island. Archimedes, Cicero, Saint Paul, Caravaggio, and the naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson all made their presence known in Siracusa. In fact, Aeschylus premiered his plays at the still-functioning Teatro Greco here. One of the most beautiful squares in Italy, the Piazza del Duomo, is in the tiny island of Ortygia

Marsala. The city is more than the sweet wines which bear its name and for which the city is famous (but don’t miss the historic Florio Winery and the Donnafugata Winery). You’ll also want to see Marsala’s salt marshes—and be sure to try busiati, the oldest handmade pasta in the world. Read More

Trapani. Ornate churches like the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the Torre della Colombaia define the architecture here. Don’t miss shopping for the city’s famous exquisite coral jewelry.

Ragusa. Ragusa Ibla is a fairytale of church domes and terracotta roofs. The Duomo di San Giorgio, the Giardino Ibleo, and the 18 listed UNESCO monuments will delight you.

Agrigento. The city’s greatest draw is the Valley of the Temples and its ancient Greek ruins. Tempio della Concordia is one of the best-preserved temples in the world. You’ll definitely want to visit the Museo Regionale Archeologico, perhaps the best museum in Sicily, which features the famous stone statue of Telemon (Atlas).

Erice. This western Sicily gem is famous for its almond biscuits (the pastry shops here are without equal). Erice’s main church and bell tower are striking, as is the Norman castle, also known as Venus Castle, a tribute to the goddess of fertility.

Or what about Sicily’s unique cuisine—Arab and Greek spices, Spanish techniques, the world’s finest seafood. And it’s all accompanied by big, fruity, out-of-this-world wines.

Well, you can understand people are drawn to the island and find it so difficult to leave.

Sicilian food is also considered the original fusion cuisine, a unique mix of all of its diverse cultural heritages.

The island has been at the heart of thirteen different empires over the last three millennia, and each one of them has left its mark on the Sicilian Gastronomy.

Must-try Local Dishes and Wines

Pasta alla Norma – pasta served with a special sauce made of tomatoes and fried eggplant with ricotta cheese

Arancine – fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and often filled with cheese or ragù sauce

Cannoli – a tube shaped pastry that is stuffed with a sweet, creamy filling often made from ricotta cheese. Read More

Caponata – a typical antipasto that you’ll encounter in every corner of Sicily; a delicious sweet and sour (agrodolce) mixture of fried eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Read More

Almond Cookies – a famous local dessert typical of Sicily. Soft and tasty, they are fast to make (and to eat…). They are also a gluten-free dessert. Read the recipe

The Chocolate in Modica – made with a very old recipe, the one coming from the Aztecs. Read More

The Predominant Grapes – Historically, Italian wine regions have clung tightly to its historical grapes, and Sicily is no different. While international varieties are prominent players, for critics, sommeliers, and importers, the wines they dream about at night are indigenous. There are three key red grapes: Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Nerello Mascalese.

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Travel Tips

If it is your first time to Sicily, get ready for an incredible experience!

The prospect of visiting Sicily for the first time will provoke a wide range of emotions. For some, traveling to a foreign land-especially one that doesn’t speak English – is so intimidating that any real enjoyment can only be realized with the help of a native to navigate through all the unfamiliar turf. For others, even those who don’t speak Italian, the opportunity to be immersed in an entirely new culture is part of the fun, and they look forward to feeling their way through each of the novelties that Italy throws at them.

Tipping

  • Taxis: Government-regulated taxis are either white or yellow. Avoid taxis that are not metered and have no official signs. They are private cars that will charge you an expensive fee. Unlike in the U.S. where taxis are hailed on the street, in Sicily they are found at taxi stands or are called by telephone. All charges are listed on a price chart displayed inside the cab. Extra charges are in effect at night, for luggage service and phone booking. A 10% tip is expected but not mandatory.
  • Restaurant tipping: Both il servizio (service charge/tip) and il coperto (cover charge for bread and water) are usually included in il conto (the bill). By Sicilian law the gratuity is included in the bill so extra tipping isn’t required. However, it is customary, especially if the service is good, to leave an additional gratuity between 5% and 10%.
  • Hotel Tipping: Tipping in hotels is a customary practice. The service charge of 15% – 19% is already included in your bill. Other suggested tips include 50 euro cents per day to the chambermaid, 50 euro cents to the doorman for calling you a cab, and between 1 and 2 euros for the bellhop if he carries your bags to your room. The concierge expects about a 15% tip on his or her bill, as well as tips for any extra services. If you are staying at a 4- or 5-Star hotel these suggested amounts should be doubled.

Useful Knowledge:

  • Shopping: Italian stores generally are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The siesta/pausa lunch break lasts until 4 p.m. Stores close for the day by 8 p.m.  Most stores are closed on Sunday.
  • Café Culture: While enjoying an espresso at a table is always possible, the locals enjoy standing at the banco, or bar area.
  • Hand Gestures and Loud Voices: Unlike in the U.S. of A., hand gestures and loud voices can be a way of expressing profound happiness.

Hotel Information:

  • Hotels: When looking for a place to stay, remember that rates include taxes and service; the IVA (value-added tax, currently 10%) should be added to the total amount.
  • Electrical: Not all hotel rooms provide hairdryers; if you bring your own, an adapter/transformer is a necessity. This will also be important for all other electrical devices, including laptop computers, because in Italy the voltage is different (220). Also, outlets have two round-pronged plugs, which is another reason an adapter plug is necessary.

Just the Basics:

  • Sicily’s Time Zone: one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Sicily is generally six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States, aside from the rare instances affected by the Spring Forward/Fall Back clock-changing discrepancy when the difference is five hours.
  • Country Code (for international calls to Italy): +39.
  • Currency: Euro. Available in bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros; coins of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents.
  • Official Language: Italian and Sicilian
  • Flag: The Italian tricolor is green, white, and red, in three vertical bands, equal in dimension. The Sicilian flag shows a triskeles symbol (a figure of three legs arranged in rotational symmetry), and at its centre a Gorgoneion (depiction of the head of Medusa) and a pair of wings and three wheat ears.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic is the main faith – 85% of native-born citizens are nominally Catholic. There are substantial Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim communities.
  • Education: Sicily has statewide education system, with a five-year primary stage and an eight-year secondary stage.

Currency

Like other member countries of the European Union, Sicily uses the euro, symbolized by “€”. For the current conversion rate between your currency and the euro you can check a currency exchange Web site such as www.xe.com

ATM Cash Machines (bancomats) are everywhere in Sicily as they are in the United States. The Cirrus and Plus systems are the most widely available. Be aware that many Sicilian cash machines will not accept card with PIN codes, five numbers or longer so be sure to reset your PIN to a four numbers before you go. You may also have a problem accessing a savings account so be sure the ATM card(s) you are bringing are linked to checking accounts. You may also be able to use your credit card for a cash advance if it has a PIN code (fees will apply).

Many travelers wonder about bringing travelers checks with them and it simply isn’t a good idea anymore. You’ll pay a fee for the checks at home, will need to find a bank (banks are usually open for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon on week days) when it is open, wait in line and pay another service fee when receiving euros.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sicily. Visa and MasterCard are more commonly accepted so if you’re bringing an American Express card, be sure to bring a Visa/MasterCard as well. Many credit card companies (Capitol One is an exception) are now charging a transaction fees for international purchases. Be sure to check with your credit card company before leaving home. Finally, cash is king in Sicily. Sicilian merchants hate paying service fees on credit card transactions and will often give you a discount (sconto) for paying cash. Of course, they also like to hide their earning from the tax authorities too, but that’s a whole other story.

Shopkeepers are also open to giving discounts if you are buying multiple items. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sconto!

City Taxes

When staying overnight in Sicily, certain cities have a tourist tax.

This Sicily City tax must be paid by the PASSENGER directly to the hotel before the end of the stay.

City5 star4 star3 star
Palermoeur 3eur 2eur 1.50
Cataniaeur 2.50eur 1.50eur 1.50
Taorminaeur 5eur 3.50eur 2
Syracusaeur 2.50eur 2eur 1.50
Agrigentoeur 3eur 2eur 2
Trapanieur 3eur 2.50eur 2
Ragusaeur 2.50eur 1.50eur 1
Cefalùeur 3eur 2eur 1.50
Messinaeur 4eur 2eur 1.50

Internet

Wireless access is prevalent in restaurants and hotels and most hotels no longer charge for you to use WiFi.

You can access it with your phone or laptop computer.

If you choose not to bring a device with you, most hotels make a desktop computer available for guests to use or have a business center available.

Average temperatures

Sicily airports

There are four airports in Sicily, two serving the east coast (Catania and Comiso airports) and the other two (Palermo and Trapani airports) – the west coast.

Palermo Falcone & Borsellino (PMO) and Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) are the biggest airports operating actively all the year round. Both become very busy in summer months.

Trapani Birgi (TPS) and especially Comiso Pio La Torre airport mostly serve low-cost airlines and seasonal flights.

Air, sea or land?

There are ways to get to Sicily from mainland Italy or from Malta without flying.

These include long-distance buses from other regions in central (mainly Rome) and southern Italy, trains or ferries.

However, flying to one of the Sicily airports is probably the fastest, and arguably the most convenient way to arrive at your final destination.

Busy itinerary? Fly anywhere!

If you are planning to explore the island and change your location at least two or three times it does not make much difference which airport to arrive.

You can even consider to arrive at one airport and depart from the other.

This is usually convenient and optimizes timing in case you want to move around and see more. Typically Palermo and Catania would be the preferred options.

Having a clear idea of what kind of a vacation you are planning to have, and what is your itinerary will make the choice of the airports easier. It is also possible to build an itinerary around your arrival and departure points, especially if your plans are not overwhelming.

Still, east or west – what is best?

Roughly speaking, Palermo airport is an optimal arrival point to reach destinations along the west coast between San Vito lo Capo and Cefalu. Corleone and the Madonie mountains would be on the same list, just a bit away from the coastline. Trapani airport is closer than any other one to Castellammare del Golfo, the Egadi islands including Favignana, Marsala, Erice, Segesta, Mazzara del Valo and Selinunte. The southern coast from Agrigento to Trapani itself is also within easy reach.

Catania airport serves best final destinations like Taormina, the Aeolian islands, Messina, Giardini Naxos, Acireale its coast, Etna, Siracuse and Noto, Caltanissetta. Comiso is optimal for Ragusa, Scicli, Modica and Licata, while Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone are similar travel distance from both Catania and Comiso airports. Agrigento, Tindari and Enna are equally convenient from Catania and Palermo airports with Agrigento and Tindari taking some 2 -2,5h drive. These are probably the farthest among popular locations on mainland Sicily. Agrigento is similar 2 – 2.5 h drive distance from Trapani and Comiso as well.

Visiting Sicily: days, weeks, and beyond

Sicily is an island and has 9 provinces (Palermo, Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani), each with its own identity.

Landscapes, cuisine, and dialect differ greatly from one to the next, and each merits its own visit.

If your time is limited, you’ll be able to see Sicily’s highlights in a matter of days—but spending one week or more means you’ll get to explore multiple provinces and fall in love with the authentic Sicily.

If you have a few days in Sicily, it’s best to focus on one city, otherwise you’ll likely feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin!
In three or four days lodge in one city only and from here explore and enjoy the area.

The most important cities are Palermo — located on the west side — Taormina and Syracusa — both located on the east –.

In one week, you’ll be able to explore Sicily’s wonderful cultural cities, undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to the country. Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina and Syracusa attract the bulk of tourists and justifiably so—they harbor some of the world’s most impressive architecture and works of art.

Nine days will give you more time to explore what Sicily offers beyond the usual tourist destinations. You’ll be able to travel along the stunning Marsala, Erice, Ragusa, Modica and Noto, which offer some of Europe’s most enchanting scenery.

However, to experience Sicily at its best, you’ll need to factor in two weeks. That way, you’ll have enough time to discover a large part of the island and one (or perhaps both!) of its major islands, Lipari and Vulcano.

Interesting facts

Treat yourself with the amazing Original Cannoli, a Sicilian speciality made of crispy dough and a creamy ricotta cheese filling.

A dessert now known and appreciated all over the world, a pillar of “Sicilian Culture“. We can safely say that visiting Sicily without eating cannoli is like not having visited it at all.

For those who do not know it (We doubt there is someone who does not know what we are talking about) the Sicilian cannoli is a dessert consisting of a crunchy fried wafer in lard, called “scorza (rind)“, filled with sheep’s ricotta cream with a sprinkling of chocolate or pistachio and candied fruit at both ends.

Helicopter Tour above Mount Etna

Helicopter Tour of Mount Etna, a unique experience in a breathtaking context. A flight over Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe

If you are looking for a unique experience during your trip in Sicily, flying over the active craters at the summit of Mount Etna will surely meet your desires.

You can appreciate the contrast between the black rock, the clear blue of the Sicilian sky and the deep blue of the Ionian Sea. The majesty of the summit fiery craters and the lunar landscapes admired from the sky will offer a unique sightseeing experience.

The activity of Etna is almost never-ending, with high plumes of smoke and spectacular lava flows. Volcanic activity often changes the appearance of the great mountain and influences life on the volcano.

The Etna helicopter tour allows you to understand the impact of the volcano on Sicilian territory. Come with us for a great flight tour over Mount Etna.

Helicopter Etna Tour

This flight over Mount Etna starts from a Helicopter Pad nearby Taormina (approx. 20 minutes driving distances) easily accessible, also from Catania (approx. 40 minutes driving distances) . The flight provides the passage close to the summit craters. The pilot will choose the best itinerary for a safe flight and in order to allow you to see the most beautiful places of the Etna volcano.

During the helicopter tour of Etna, you can admire the magnificent western slope and the famous Bove Valley, which runs along the eastern slope in the heart of Etna Natural Park.

Private Transfer Service

Transfers from Catania or Taormina to the Helicoper Pad are included.

Highlights

  • Soar over the Etna Volcano
  • View the Summit Craters
  • View the Bove Valley

This formula has become a real success and is in great demand by enthusiasts of helicopter flight.

When do you need to book, how long in advance?

To make sure you find a place, it is better to book as soon as possible.

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Helicopter Tour above Mount Etna and Taormina

Helicopter Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina, a unique experience in a breathtaking context. A flight over Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and flight over the Taormina Greek Roman Theatre

If you are looking for a unique experience during your trip in Sicily, flying over the active craters at the summit of Mount Etna and the Greek Roman Theatre in Taormina will surely meet your desires.

You can appreciate the contrast between the black rock, the clear blue of the Sicilian sky and the deep blue of the Ionian Sea. The majesty of the summit fiery craters and the lunar landscapes admired from the sky will offer a unique sightseeing experience.

The activity of Etna is almost never-ending, with high plumes of smoke and spectacular lava flows. Volcanic activity often changes the appearance of the great mountain and influences life on the volcano.

The Etna and Taormina helicopter tour allows you to understand the impact of the volcano on Sicilian territory and indulge you to visit a lovely archaeological site from teh sky. Come with us for a great flight tour over Mount Etna.

Helicopter Etna and Taormina Tour

This flight over Mount Etna starts from a Helicopter Pad nearby Taormina (approx. 20 minutes driving distances) easily accessible, also from Catania (approx. 40 minutes driving distances) . The flight provides the passage close to the summit craters and up the Greek Roman Theatre. The pilot will choose the best itinerary for a safe flight and in order to allow you to see the most beautiful places of the Etna volcano.

During the helicopter tour of Etna, you can admire the magnificent western slope and the famous Bove Valley, which runs along the eastern slope in the heart of Etna Natural Park.

Private Transfer Service

Transfers from Catania or Taormina to the Helicoper Pad are included.

Highlights

  • Soar over the Etna Volcano
  • View the Summit Craters
  • View the Bove Valley
  • Soar the Greek Roman Theatre

This formula has become a real success and is in great demand by enthusiasts of helicopter flight.

When do you need to book, how long in advance?

To make sure you find a place, it is better to book as soon as possible.

Contact Us