Acireale and its “timpe”

Acireale is one of the most enchanting towns in Sicily, known as the pearl of the Ionian Sea, nestled between the sea and the mountains.
From a geological point of view, in Acireale we can observe an additional stage in Etna’s evolution. In fact, the city stands on a tectonic escarpment known as a “ Timpa ”, consisting of imposing sub-vertical slopes overlooking the sea.
The Baroque Piazza Duomo in the centre of the city is connected to the sea by a path that goes from Via Romeo down to the “Sentiero delle Chiazzette”, which the timpa leads down to, offering visitors an unexpected view of the sea even from the first few metres.
On this route, now used by tourists and the Acesi people to reach the sea and the small hamlet of Santa Maria la Scala, there is a small defensive fort called Fortezza del Tocco, which protected this ancient route when used for maritime trade. Today the fort is home to excursions organised by the Italian State Forestry Corps and Legambiente to discover the flora and fauna present on the timpa.

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The senses tell Acireale

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The 1669 eruption in Catania

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

The senses tell Valle del Leone

Torre del Filosofo: at the base of the summit craters (2950 metres)

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The senses tell The Red Mountains

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

The senses tell Val Calanna

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

The Jaci river

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory


Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The Grand Tour in Sicily

The 2001 eruption of Mount Etna, where the approach to volcanoes changed

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

An ever-evolving volcano

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

The “notches” of snow

The Etna viewpoint

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

The senses tell The Summit craters

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

Humankind and the volcano: how should we behave? Volcanic risk

Etna, the living mountain

Val Calanna, the first step towards a single large volcanic structure

Acireale and its “timpe”

Empedocles and his passion for Etna