Wine & Trekking On Mt Etna

Buyouts of entire small boutique properties gives you the amenities and services of the hotel and a safe way to get together with your close friends.

The backdrop is one of those unique settings in the world. The highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna is a magic place and you’ll feel its energy as you set foot there.


Embark on a 4-day escape packed with stunning treks, lunar landscapes, natural wines and regional cuisine.

Your home base will be a cosy boutique wine hotel set among the vineyards and producing some of Sicily’s most exciting wines.

With its seven intimate rooms, living areas and shared outdoor spaces, it’s a lovely place for friends and family to gather and enjoy a laidback lifestyle with all comforts.

So take it over with your group of friends, you’ll have the in-house chef all to yourself to prepare delicious dinners washed down with Etna’s wines at the end of a day trekking, rafting or horseriding.

There must be something very special about this land if today it is one of the most intriguing wine regions in Europe and top class winemakers from Italy and Europe have come here to make wine. Your resident sommelier will tell you a thing or two about this as you walk in the unique vineyard embraced by two semicircular lava flows, step in the lava rock cellar and taste the company’s best labels over dinner. 

Wake up in your lovely room with exposed lava rock walls, traditional Sicilian tiles and stone bathtubs, luxurious bed linens and Ortigia amenities.

It’s time to begin the adventure with your first trek on the most active stratovolcano in the world. Jump into your guide’s 4×4 and go really off the beaten track crossing old and recent lava fields. Hike along a scenic trail of seven aligned ancient volcanic cones with epic vistas.


A well-deserved lunch will be arranged for you in a winery accompanied by a tasting of the company’s Crus. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll head then to the most visionary among the pioneers of natural Etna wines, Frank Cornelissen (Frank Cornelissen avoids any treatment, be it chemical, organic or biodynamic, because “these are only a reflection of man’s inability to accept nature as it is and will be”.)

After some time to chill and rest, tonight go out for dinner in the nearby village on authentic regional food (think grilled meat, sausages and country recipes) Needless to say, the wine list of this trattoria is amazing.

It’s an early start the next morning as your guide will take you to 2900m a.s.l. You’ll climb up by cable car and continue with our alpine and volcanologist guide by special 4WD vehicles. The short trek from here will be memorable. Unwind over a light lunch and wine tasting at a historical winery before heading back to your relais..


Catania is too close not to drop in this evening. Our guide will take you on a unique night street food tour. Start with the local ritual of a fresh seltz with lemon and salt at the kiosk and then you’ll step in some of the oldest street food spots and historic taverns, as well as backstreets and underground lava tunnels. You’ll taste local bites such as arancini and the one and only carne di cavallo, (horse meat), the most beloved one, washing it down with craft beer or Sicilian wine in new cool outdoor wine bars. 

On day 4 you’ll go on a beautiful 3-hour trek crossing the craters of 2002, a lava tunnel and an old fracture formed in 1923. You’ll reach on foot a chalet for a quick lunch and get ready for some off-road fun on quad bikes.  Wine lovers and connoisseurs will love our next stop as you’re going to taste 3 Crus and 1 Prephyloxera at an excellent winery, the first in the area to believe in expressing the character of each cru in its purity.


As the final dinner of this trip, nothing can beat a private party in the intimacy of your terrace over a personalised menu and wine pairing created together with your chef.

The present itinerary and the suggested accommodation are just examples to give you an idea of what your customised trip may look like. Get in touch for more small properties to take over and to design together your very own trip to Sicily.

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when to go

From April to December

transport style

Private Driver / Self-drive


4 nights

with WHOM


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where will you stay


Over the years we have handpicked several boutique hotels to take over on Mount Etna and its surroundings. We’ll help you choose yours. The above itinerary features Tenuta di Fessina, the lovely property of Silvia Maestrelli.

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Buyouts of entire small boutique properties gives you the amenities and services of the hotel and a safe get-together with your close friends.

From a week-long family reunion in Noto countryside to a weekend escape in a wine hotel, get in touch for our favourite small properties that you can buy out in their entirety and take over with friends for the holidays.


Private villas within luxury hotels have been the scene for many of our itineraries over the years.

Needless to say, they are now becoming a favourite choice of accommodation as they ensure you gather with your group of friends and family in own private space.

From one-bedroom villas to spacious residences for families and groups in Siracusa and from villas with self-catering facilities in Taormina to small villas for two with private pool, you’ll combine the benefits of hotel service and access to fantastic facilities with the intimacy of your own villa.

The itineraries below are just examples of what your holiday could be like. Get in touch to design your bespoke holiday based in one of our favourite hotels offering detached villas within their property.

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