....Some useful info about Etna :
People can arrive without any problem only till the punta del Filosofo (2980m) - (no private cars).
Hikers that want to get the summit or go out from this delimited area MUST be leaded by a guide !
(You can avoid this limit asking a special permission to the Catania department of Club Alpino Italiano )
Mountain shoes needed, the hike has a cost of 55€ (including telpher, taxi and guide.
From Punta del Filosofo to the summit you have to walk for about 1 hour and a half (difference in elevation ~ 400m)
and don't forget the Gole di Alcantara