Etna jeep tour

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Etna Jeep Tour 4×4 excursion
Northern side – Grotta Corruccio and Dei Ladroni.

Are you looking for useful information about hiking on Etna? How about an Etna Tour with 4X4 Jeep ? Perfect, then you have landed in just the right guide. On the northern slope of Europe’s highest volcano there are numerous caves that you can visit as a simple tourist.


In the Etna jeep 4×4 tour north slope it is impossible not to visit the Grotta dei Ladroni and Grotta Corruccio.

Excursion on Etna: discovering the Corruccio Cave

The first of the two caves to visit on this fantastic Etna 4×4 north side tour is Grotta Corruccio, a lava flow cave. This means that, during a lava flow that occurred in Linguaglossa in 1180, the not particularly dense lava cooled to the surface and allowed the lava below to flow out, which created a real tunnel – called a lava tunnel.

There are two entrances to this cavern, but due to some collapses that occurred over time, they do not appear to be connected.

Inside the cave it is possible to admire the characteristic lava ropes and once inside it is nice to think about how, that same cave, was a source of shelter for the citizens who fled from Bronte because of Bixio’s massacre. Getting inside is easy, but the right equipment is required.

Etna jeep tour 4×4 north slope: Discovering the Grotta dei Ladroni

The excursion on Etna leads you to the discovery of the lava cavities, also known as the Grotta della Neve, the Grotta dei Ladroni is also of lava origin, but of artificial size, given that since 1776 – date engraved at the entrance – the man did his utmost to expand it and make it usable as a snow deposit.

The name “Grotta dei Ladroni” is due to the mistaken belief that the holes in the vault were the work of criminals who wanted to get rid of the stolen goods.

These, however, were created on the upper part so that the delicate white flakes could accumulate inside the cave.

The snow was then carried downstream by the Bordonari and used, in the summer, as a simple refrigerant or for the creation of ice creams and sorbets. The cave is easily accessible and can be visited entirely without the need for particular equipment, other than a light bulb and a recommended helmet.

Book your Etna 4×4 North Side Tour (Grotta Corruccio and Dei Ladroni).

The photographs within this hike/article, were not taken during one of our hikes, but are used for informational purposes only