The Etna Viewpoint

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

The breathtaking Valle del Bove

It is true that every place on Etna has wonderful views, but this one is special. An unexpected place on a volcano, because it seems to be above the clouds.

The wind whistles

The high altitude, around 2650 metres, as well as the fact that there are no shelters, means that this area is always very windy, even during summer. Its hum becomes perceptible not only on the skin but in the absolute silence that reigns over the valley.

The smell of the volcano belvedere

It is not uncommon for the wind to blow from the summit craters to the viewpoint area, carrying with it gases from the summit craters. Without spending too much time in the gas cloud, you can experience the classic smell given off by a volcano.

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

The “notches” of snow

Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

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

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

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

The different names of the “Muntagna”

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The senses tell Valle del Leone

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

Acireale and its “timpe”

The senses tell The Summit craters

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters


The Grand Tour in Sicily

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

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The senses tell The Red Mountains

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The senses tell Val Calanna

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The Jaci river

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

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

The senses tell Acireale

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

An ever-evolving volcano

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

The Etna viewpoint

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

Etna, the living mountain