Etna Excursion 'Schiena dell’Asino' (Back Donkey)

Trekking Tours


Discover our Etna excursions.

On board of our jeep we arrive at the village of Trecastagni and along a road, visiting the old chestnuts forest of Tarderia, we stop at the ancient lava flow of 1750 / 1792 to give you a detailed explanation of the volcanoes in particular of Mount Etn. Again by our jeep we proceed in direction of the Lava tube. Equipped with helmets and flashlights we walk inside the Cassone Cave, a beautiful lava tube. We reach the trailhead “Schiena dell’Asino” (Back Donkey), a wonderful natural path that will lead us to an altitude of 2170mt asl. The first part of the trail runs uphill in a magnificent pine forest then becomes almost flat and the forest gives way to expanses of volcanic ash and Astragalus Siculus or Spino Santo, among its thorns can see and touch volcanic lapilli that sometimes only have a few hours of training vita. It is a pioneer characterized by a typical form pulvinar that settles on the volcanic sands inconsistent and permeable, is an endemic Etna that, thanks to its developed root system, stabilize the substrates inconsistent, facilitating other species orofile many of which are endemic and exclusive Etna, among them we remember the Purple Aetnensis. Once at the top of the path awaits us a wonderful show, to be our frame will in fact be the majestic and active crater of South-East and the immense valley Bove. We continue towards Rifugio Sapienza (2000 m above sea level), here becomes a lunar landscape and green forests dell 'Etna give way to black lava recent (2002). Within minutes we reach the Silvestri Craters, bottoniera consists of 5 eruptive vents born in 1892, from where you can admire the wonderful view of Catania and its bay from an altitude of 2000 m above sea level. 
PS: In winter time with the presence of snow is possible to organise this trekking tour by the snowshoeing.


Pick-up from the village of Trecastagni, price per person:
  • from € 75, minimum 4 people 
Kids under 12 years € 10 less.
Price on demand for big groups.
Snowshoes and snowsticks € 20 per person (winter only) and on demand.

Pick-up from Catania on demand.

N.B .: The price includes the insurance for each participant.

Info tour

Routes: Valle del Bove – Lava tube – Back Donkey path road
Times: 09:00am - 2:00pm
Difficulty: Medium
Trekking time: 3h
Drop: 200 m

Difficulty: Normal normal

Additional services

Trekking shoes: 5,00 € per pax
Wind jacket: 3,00 € per pax
Trekking sticks: 2,00 € per pax

Only during winter and on demand
Snowshoes: 20,00 € per pax
Snow sticks: 5,00 € per pax

Useful info

People: Specialized and passionate guides (geologist and naturists).
Languages: Italian and English (on demand Spanish and French)
Requirements: Advise against they are not in good health in special way with cardio-respiratory problems
Variations: in not good weather condition or not favourable organization the guide could choice to change something on the itinerary

Required equipment

  • Trekking shoes (sneakers in Summer time)

  • Clothing according to the season and the temperature range of 15° C.

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