The Etna viewpoint

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

The 2001 eruption saw the simultaneous presence of 5 active mouths in different areas of the volcano. Strombolian activity with lava flow emission has been a rather common phenomenon in the last 40 years in the south-eastern summit crater, accompanied by lava flow emission at 2800 metres above sea level on the western edge of the Valle del Bove and at 2900 metres in the Valle del Leone, as well as by a mouth at 2100 metres in the Monti Calcarazzi, which destroyed a good part of the tourist/commercial activities in the Rifugio Sapienza area.
Finally, a mouth opened up right in the viewpoint area, where there was strong Strombolian activity with intense ash. This mouth slowly built the Cratere Laghetto, which is clearly visible from the viewpoint, and caused an accumulation of almost one metre of ash in the nearby city of Catania, with serious consequences on the road network, air transport and commercial and agricultural activities in the area.
To get an idea of the amount of ash emitted and the height reached by the eruptive column, we need only consider that the ash from the Cratere Laghetto reached Greece and the northern coasts of Africa.

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint


The senses tell Valle del Leone

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The Etna viewpoint

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

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

The senses tell The Red Mountains

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

The living mountain

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The Jaci river

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

The senses tell The summit craters

The “notches” of snow

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

A fauna yet to be discovered

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

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

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The senses tell Acireale

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

An ever-evolving volcano

Acireale and its “timpe”

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

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

The senses tell Val Calanna

The Grand Tour in Sicily

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

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

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