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Mount Etna what to wear

When getting ready for your visit to Mount Etna, it's important to think about the changing weather and rough terrain of this famous volcano.The right clothes and gear can make a big difference in how your trip goes. Whether you're exploring in the summer or winter, having the right attire is crucial for your comfort and safety. So, what should you bring to be ready for the weather and have a great time on Mount Etna?

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When getting ready for your trip to Mount Etna, make sure to think about the different temperatures and weather conditions so you can dress appropriately. The very top of Mount Etna can be 15-20 degrees cooler than Catania, or Taormina so it's important to wear layers for your hike. The weather on Etna can change fast, so it's a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains. When you hike on Mount Etna, make sure you have the right shoes for the rough paths. Choose shoes with good grip to avoid slipping and stay steady on the uneven ground. Wearing layers will help you adjust to the changing temperatures as you go up the mountain. This way, you can stay warm in the colder areas and easily take off layers if it gets sunny.

How to dress in winter

When you visit Mount Etna in winter, make sure to wear warm clothes like a coat, hat, gloves, scarf, and waterproof shoes with good grip. The temperatures on the mountain can be between -5°C and 10°C, so dressing warmly is important.

Layering your clothes will help you stay comfortable as you explore the snowy or icy areas. Choose shoes that are waterproof and have good traction to walk safely on slippery paths. You can also rent hiking boots for more protection. Wear thick socks to keep your feet warm. Bringing extra jackets is a good idea to stay cozy during your winter trip to Mount Etna. These tips will help you enjoy the beauty of Mount Etna in winter.

How to dress in Summer

When you go to visit Mount Etna in the summer, it's best to wear light and breathable clothes like long pants and a t-shirt. This will help you stay comfortable and protect your skin from the sun. The heat on the volcano can be strong, so wearing layers with breathable fabrics will help you stay cool and adjust to the changing temperatures. Bringing a light cardigan is a good idea for cooler evenings or sudden weather changes while exploring Mount Etna's different landscapes.

For your footwear, it's best to wear non-slip trainers instead of sandals to have better traction on the volcanic surfaces. It's important to stay hydrated during your summer adventure, so don't forget to carry a small backpack with water and essentials like sunscreen to stay protected from the sun. Remember Mount Etna above 1000 meters does not have streams, rivers or lakes, so be prepared with enough water.

Tips for different tours on Mount Etna

If you decide to go for a trekking between 1500 meters and 2900 meters the advises contained so far in this article are perfect, but there are two tours that require some extra informations. The two tours are the summit tour that goes to 3350 meters and the Etna and Alcantara Gorges trip.

What to wear for the Etna summit tour

The Etna summit tour cross vast section of lava desert comprises of new pyroclastic materials reach in silica that are super abrasive, so long pants are a must in any season, I've seen people on windy day having their legs scratched to the point of bleeding, so no shorts. Another important pice of advise is not to wear contact lenses, and bring a mask to protect you from the gases, Mount Etna is an active volcano and there are always release of gases.

What to wear for the Etna and Alcantara gorges tour

This classic and bestseller tour of the volcano and the Alcantara Gorges requires to pack some extra clothes for the afternoon visit to the Alcantara River. While during the day on Munt Etna you can stick to the advices we shared above,  for the afternoon visit to the Alcantara Gorges between October and May you will need a pair of shorts and river shoes or flip- flops to enter the canyon, while from June to September you can even wear a swimming suit to enjoy the river.


To have a good time exploring Mount Etna, it's important to dress appropriately. Make sure to wear layers, a warm jacket, and sturdy shoes, no matter if you visit in the winter or summer. This will help you stay comfortable in the changing weather and on the rough terrain. Being prepared and dressing smartly will allow you to fully appreciate the beauty of this amazing volcano. Stay safe and enjoy your time exploring Mount Etna!