The senses tell Acireale

The sea at more than 180°

Etna’s best outlet into the sea is in the area of the Timpe. From here, in some panoramic viewpoints it is possible to observe the open sea with a panorama that extends past 180°. And on clear days, the Ionian coast of Calabria can be seen, too.

Where granita was born

Acireale is the birthplace of the Sicilian granita. In fact, this is one of the few places in Sicily where lots of snow and ice was possible during the winter, which were stored in iceboxes dug into the rock then distributed during the summer with carts.
The ice was flavoured with sugar and one of the most abundant fruits in this part of Sicily, the lemon. You must make the most of a visit to Acireale and taste the authentic flavour of the Sicilian granita

Warmth, even in winter

Several places and viewpoints are present along the cliffs of the Timpe. In these areas shaped by time and the movement of a vast system of faults, there are many lava flows emerging along the roads.
Place your hands on them and you will feel the accumulated heat that they emanate, during the day and at night, even during the coldest times of the year.

The power of the sea

There is nothing more powerful than the stormy sea. At the edge of the timpa, during a storm coming from the east, you can hear the real impetuosity of the sea, so intense that the ground underfoot vibrates, too.

The scent of the sea reale

The Timpe are one of the Etnean places where you can appreciate the characteristic scent of the sea, especially when the sea breeze rises around lunchtime.

The “notches” of snow

The Grand Tour in Sicily

The Jaci river

Acireale and its “timpe”

The different names of the “Muntagna”

Etna, the living mountain

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The senses tell Valle del Leone

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

An ever-evolving volcano

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

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

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

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

The senses tell The Red Mountains

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

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

The Etna viewpoint

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The senses tell Val Calanna


The senses tell The Summit craters

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The senses tell Acireale

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The 1669 eruption in Catania

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

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

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks