Etna

The Etna (Mungibeddu or ‘a Muntagna in Sicilian dialect) is a volcano formed in the quaternary period and still active.

The area of the volcano is divided into different zones according to their morphology and type. It is cultivated until 1000 m above sea level with big urban areas in the East and South and deserted parts in the West where the only thing above 1000 m are the sciare (lava fields), especially near Bronte.

Less urbanized, the northern side of the volcano is full of woods above the village of Linguaglossa. The east side is overlooked by the unsettling Valle del Bove and its dark woods on the side. Above 1000 m, we have sometimes snow that lasts until summer. You can reach this part of the volcano from the north side or the south side.

On the Etna there are two ski facilities and you can ski while looking at the sea.

From the south side and the ski facilities of Rifugio Sapienza, in the area of the city of Nicolosi, you overlook the gulf of Catania and the valley of Simeto.

From the north side and the ski slopes of Piano Provenzana, in the area of the city of Linguaglossa, the landscape includes Taormina and the coastline of Calabria.

The Etna Mount is also visited by tourists interested in the volcano and its eruptions, due to the fact that it is one of the few active volcanoes on earth and it is accessible by anyone. You can also have the support of a local guide or special off-road vehicles which bring you safely to the upper craters.

On June 21st 2013, Mount Etna has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

If you are interested in group excursions you can contact us or our agencies.