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 earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

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

The senses tell Acireale

The Jaci river

The different names of the “Muntagna”

Etna, the living mountain

The senses tell Val Calanna

An ever-evolving volcano

The “notches” of snow

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting


Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The Etna viewpoint

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The senses tell Valle del Leone

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

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

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

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

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The Grand Tour in Sicily

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

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

The senses tell The Summit craters

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

Acireale and its “timpe”

The senses tell The Red Mountains

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The 1669 eruption in Catania

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint