Acicastello and Acitrezza


I Malavoglia is the best known novel by Giovanni Verga, and the one in which the author best expresses the poetics of Verismo . It is the story of the misfortunes of a Sicilian fishing family in the years following the Unification of Italy.
I Malavoglia was published in 1881 and, as is often the case with all the greats, was initially received badly by readers and critics: only later did the novel recover and receive positive reviews.
The novel describes the mishaps of the Toscano family, maliciously nicknamed the “Malavoglia” (the reluctant ones) by the local people. The Toscano are a family of fishermen from the small Sicilian village of Aci Trezza. Padron ‘Ntoni is the head of the family and the family unity and economy are guaranteed by the house by the medlar tree and the fishing boat, called “La Provvidenza”, but a relentless series of disasters affects the family.
Aci Trezza was discovered by the world because of this novel, and in recent years literary tourism and visits to the Casa del Nespolo Museum have grown in number.

The living mountain

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

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

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

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

The “notches” of snow

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The 1669 eruption in Catania

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

An ever-evolving volcano

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

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

The different names of the “Muntagna”

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

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

A fauna yet to be discovered

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The senses tell Acireale

The senses tell The Red Mountains

Acireale and its “timpe”

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza


The senses tell Val Calanna

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

The Jaci river

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The senses tell Valle del Leone

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

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

The Grand Tour in Sicily

The Etna viewpoint

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