My fiance (who will be my wife then) and I are visiting Sicily in September.
We plan to reach the Etna's summit. From what I have been told, everything above Torre del Filosofo (about 2900 m a.s.l.) can be visited only while accompanied by a local guide.
There are several tours and options to reach Torre del Filosofo, most popular are the cable car and 4x4 ride. However, we do not want to use them, as in our opinion reaching the Etna that way would be cheating (for us, no offence to the ones who used them :) ).
We would like to reach the real top of the Etna, which can be done only with a guide. We will hike up to the Torre del Filosofo on our own and we would like to continue with a guide from there.
We are aware that there is a local guide booth at Torre del Filosofo, but we cannot find any information how to book such a guide without any additional offers (no cable car and no 4x4 ride). We are willing to start hiking early in the morning, but we would like to know if there is any specific hour by which we have to arrive at Torre del Filosofo.
How can we arrange that when we finally reach Torre del Filosofo, there will be a guide there who can guide us to the summit?