Mount Etna

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

In the last 20 years, Etna has become one of the most famous and appreciated terroirs in terms of wine production. Etnean wines are increasingly in demand worldwide, and all the world’s largest wineries are still buying hectares of land to build new facilities.
This is not only due to the fertility of the volcanic soil but above all to the exposure of the volcano’s slopes to the dominant winds in the area and the fact that the steep incline brings the hilly areas very close to the sea.
Precisely because of the difference in these characteristics, there are three distinct wine-making areas: the lower south-western side, the eastern side and the northern side, with the latter being able to exploit double wind exposure, from the sea and from the land. The typical grape varieties of the volcano are Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante and Catarratto.
Vitigni nelle pendici etnee

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

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

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The senses tell Acireale

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

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

The senses tell The Red Mountains

Acireale and its “timpe”

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

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

The Grand Tour in Sicily


An ever-evolving volcano

The Etna viewpoint

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

A fauna context yet to be discovered

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The “notches” of snow

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

Etna, the living mountain

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

The senses tell Valle del Leone

The senses tell Val Calanna

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

The senses tell The Summit craters

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The Jaci river