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 escarpments 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.
Timpe di Acireale

The Jaci river

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

The senses tell The summit craters

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora


The senses tell Valle del Leone

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

Why is Etna one of the most studied volcanoes in the world?

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The “notches” of snow

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

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

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

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The senses tell Val Calanna

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

The senses tell The Red Mountains

A fauna yet to be discovered

The living mountain

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The senses tell Acireale

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

The world’s first (almost successful) attempt to stop a lava flow: the eruption of 1991-93

An ever-evolving volcano

The first volcanic structures of Etna, between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

The different names of the “Muntagna”

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

Acireale and its “timpe”

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The Grand Tour in Sicily

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The Etna viewpoint

The 2001 eruption of Etna, when the Mountain seemed to be alive