Valle del Bove

The Valle del Bove is a large valley that covers the entire eastern flank of Mount Etna. Its name comes from the shape of its edges, which resemble an ox hoof (bove means ox in Italian).
Formed between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago, in the last 50 years the completely uninhabited Valle del Bove has been one of the places where the most lava is spilled during the volcano’s eruptive activity.
Its flanks are up to 600-700 metres high, and it is certainly one of the most beautiful places on Etna where you can observe the structures formed during a lava flow.