About Us

Find out who are the people behind Etna Excursion Sicily

We are passionate about our region, and we want you to feel the same.

Our aim, here at Etna Excursion Sicily, is to create relationships and cooperation with passionate travelers who love going into original and almost mystical destinations rich in symbols & rituals along magical sites.

For anyone who gets inspired, here in Sicily you’re in the right place.

Hello, my name is Marina, founder of
Etna Excursion Sicily!

I’m curious about my Sicilian roots and my ancestral blood.
It’s fascinating to discover that in Sicily, for sure, we’re brothers and sisters,
but a mix of different cultures!
Here I am with you, sharing all my discoveries, and trying to compare
the Sicilian lifestyle of the past to that of today.

More about me

I’m passionate about trips and the tourism industry since 2010.
I am a travel designer specialized in Sicily and a qualified Tour Leader.
My native language is Italian and fluently speak English and Spanish.

In my free time, I love to discover remote and almost forgotten villages. Mystery intrigues me. I often sit thoughtfully staring into space for a few moments, then I close my eyes and breathe deeply, and I imagine…
I imagine the fights of the knights of the past, women with long and large skirts in a medieval atmosphere..Places once full of life and today almost completely forgotten.
Then I take the camera and try to immortalize an ephemeral thought in a photographic shot.
And then again, I start to write everything that comes to mind, ideas, travel projects, experiences to propose to you…

Of course, always accompanied by a gorgeous song. And I dream…
This is my world. Welcome!

Hello, my name is Marina, founder of Etna Excursion Sicily!

I’m curious about my Sicilian roots and my ancestral blood.
It’s fascinating to discover that in Sicily, for sure, we’re brothers and sisters, but a mix of different cultures!
Here I am, to share with you all my discoveries, and research on the Sicilian lifestyle of the past compared to that of today.

More about me

I’m passionate about trips and tourism industry since 2010.
I am a travel designer specialized in incoming Sicily and a qualified Tour Leader.
I am a native Italian speaker and speak English and Spanish fluently.

In my free time, I love to discover remote and almost forgotten villages, the mystery intrigues me, I often sit thoughtfully staring into space for a few moments, then I close my eyes and breathe deeply, and I imagine…
I imagine the fights of the knights of the past, the women of once with long and large skirts in a medieval atmosphere..Places once full of life and today almost completely forgotten.
Then I take the camera and try to immortalize an ephemeral thought in a photographic shot.
And then again, I start to write everything that comes to mind, ideas, travel projects, experiences to propose to you…
All always accompanied by a gorgeous song, and I dream…
This is my world, welcome!

The beginning…

The project about Etna Excursion Sicily was first conceptualized by me, Marina Distefano.

I’ve always been passionate about trips, editing, copywriting for blogs and creating web pages, in other words to set free my creativity on the web. I’m today a tour leader and a driver guide in cooperation with a local Tour Operator.

Thanks to the huge support of Gianfranco, my best friend, he’s a nature guide passionate for outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, mountaineering, Mtb and Ski in Sicily, who together in 2014 we started a partnership connected with nature, traditions &  folklore, delicious food and local wine.

Sharing and having fun together other visitors with the same aims: to be passionate about EXCURSIONS not only around ETNA volcano, but in the whole SICILY, where Etna Excursion Sicily’s project was found.

he Etna Excursion Sicily - founded by Marina and Gianfranco

What we do

We carefully plan and execute out-off-the-main-road trips for tourists who don’t want to just see a new place but want to have a real, hearty, meaningful experience. Forget about the looking-for-an-Instagram-worthy-shot places! We will show you Sicily’s true colour! Meet the local residents, experience the vita lenta (slow life), and rediscover your ancestral roots… Everything is possible in Sicily!

Meet the locals, experience the “vita lenta” (slow life), and rediscover your ancestral roots…

Everything is possible in Sicily!

Get to know the team!

Marina Distefano – Founder ofEtna Excursion Sicily

Passionate about travels, she’s able to arrange for you a perfectly tailored trip.
Her specialty is

Pagan and non-pagan cults and sites, mythology and goddesses, cultural anthropology, medieval and popular music, interpretation of symbols in the field of art/history.

She loves to

Creating relationships. Community and intercultural exchanges for a better world based on friendship and brotherhood. Sharing passions for: Food & Wine, Lifestyles and different cultures in the world.

She speaks

Italian, her mother tongue, English and Spanish.

Specialist in

Travel & Tourism industry since 2010.

  • Driver guide in Sicily for private tours,or small groups 2-8 guests (from-to) 2023 to date
  • Experiential Tourism Specialist (from-to) 2023 to date
  • Travel & Tourism Technical Director (since June, 2020)
  • Travel Designer (since December, 2020)
  • Tour Leader (license since November, 2017)
  • Hotel Manager & Front desk Manager (from-to) 2015-2020
  • Virtual Concierge (from-to) 2014 to date
  • Excursions specialist in: Sicily, Malta, Apulia, Calabria, Trentino Alto Adige (from-to) 2016 to date
he Etna Excursion Sicily - founded by Marina and Gianfranco

Marina Distefano – Founder of Etna Excursion Sicily

Passionate about travels, she’s able to arrange for you a perfectly tailored trip.

he Etna Excursion Sicily - founded by Marina and Gianfranco
Her specialty is

Pagan and non-pagan cults and sites, mythology and goddesses, cultural anthropology, medieval and popular music, interpretation of symbols in the field of art/history.

She loves to

Creating relationships. Community and intercultural exchanges for a better world based on friendship and brotherhood. Sharing passions for: Food & Wine, Lifestyles and different cultures in the world.

She speaks

Italian, her mother tongue, English and Spanish.

Specialist in

Travel & Tourism industry since 2010.

  • Driver guide in Sicily for private tours,or small groups 2-8 guests (from-to) 2023 to date
  • Experiential Tourism Specialist (from-to) 2023 to date
  • Travel & Tourism Technical Director (since June, 2020)
  • Travel Designer (since December, 2020)
  • Tour Leader (license since November, 2017)
  • Hotel Manager & Front desk Manager (from-to) 2015-2020
  • Virtual Concierge (from-to) 2014 to date
  • Excursions specialist in: Sicily, Malta, Apulia, Calabria, Trentino Alto Adige (from-to) 2016 to date
Gianfranco Pone co- founder of Etna Excursion Sicily

Gianfranco Ponte, Co-founder of Etna Excursion Sicily

Nature guide and passionate about outdoor sports such as: hiking, trekking, ski alps and mountain biking. He’s always ready to get involved and involve you in keeping in touch with the wonderful world of nature and its animals. He’s for sure a wild man!

His specialty is

Camping lifestyle like a real boy scout on Etna volcano and other mountains of Sicily, Sicilian ancients cults and rites, cultural anthropology, medieval and popular music.

He loves to
Creating relationships. Community for a better world based on friendship and brotherhood. Sharing passions for: Local Food & Wine, Art Craft, Ancestor’s Sicilian lifestyles.
He speaks
Italian, his mother tongue and a little bit of English.
Specialist in

Outdoor sports & activities from 1993 to date.

  • Bus driver for 30 people, from 1900 to 3000 m. of altitude, even in bad weather conditions (Etna volcano North and South side) from 2005 to date.
  • Driver in Sicily for small groups 2-8 guests (occasionally)
  • Nature and Hiking guide in: Sicily, Calabria, Trentino Alto Adige from 2023 to date.

Gianfranco Ponte, Co-founder of Etna Excursion Sicily

Nature guide and passionate about outdoor sports such as: hiking, trekking, ski alps and mountain biking. He’s always ready to get involved and involve you in keeping in touch with the wonderful world of nature and its animals. He’s for sure a wild man!

Gianfranco Pone co- founder of Etna Excursion Sicily
His specialty is

Camping lifestyle like a real boy scout on Etna volcano and other mountains of Sicily, Sicilian ancients cults and rites, cultural anthropology, medieval and popular music.

He loves to

Creating relationships. Community for a better world based on friendship and brotherhood to sharing passions for: Local Food & Wine, Art Craft, Ancestor’s Sicilian lifestyles.

He speaks
Italian, his mother tongue and a little bit of English.
Specialist in

Outdoor sports & activities from 1993 to date.

  • Bus driver for 30 people, from 1900 to 3000 m. of altitude, even in bad weather conditions (Etna volcano North and South side) from 2005 to date.
  • Driver in Sicily for small groups 2-8 guests (occasionally)
  • Nature and Hiking guide in: Sicily, Calabria, Trentino Alto Adige from 2023 to date.