The Etna Viewpoint

The Etna viewpoint

The viewpoint is situated at around 2600 metres, along the south-western flank of the Valle del Bove. It can be reached easily even by those with no experience in long trekking: in fact, the funicular from Rifugio Sapienza will take you to 600 metres from this area. The panorama is unforgettable.
Panorama dal Belvedere In fact, the viewpoint overlooks the magnificent Valle del Bove, a vast depression 5-6 kilometres wide and long. However, it is not only a “pretty sight” because of the Valle del Bove.
From here you have one of the best views from a medium distance of the summit craters, and therefore of all the recent eruptions from the eruptive phase of the Mongibello Recente, which began around 15,000 years ago.
The summit craters are characterised by a perennial plume of gas, making Etna one of the volcanoes that emit the most gas into the atmosphere anywhere in the world. In the viewpoint area it is also possible to admire a very rare structure in the world of volcanology, a “ pit crater .
This very wide and circular depression is easily recognised, traditionally named and mapped as “La Cisternazza”. The viewpoint area appears to be dominated by a cone of ash, known as “Cratere Laghetto”, formed during the 2001 eruption.

The senses tell Val Calanna

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The Jaci river

The Grand Tour in Sicily

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

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

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The senses tell Acireale

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

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

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

The 1669 eruption in Catania

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

Etna, the living mountain

The Etna viewpoint

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The senses tell The Red Mountains

The “notches” of snow

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The senses tell Valle del Leone

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

Acireale and its “timpe”

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

An ever-evolving volcano

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza


The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The senses tell The Summit craters

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