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. A place you would not expect to find on a volcano, where you feel like you are 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 belv

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

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The senses tell The Red Mountains

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

The Jaci river

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

The 1669 eruption in Catania

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

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

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The senses tell Acireale

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

The senses tell Val Calanna

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

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

Acireale and its “timpe”

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

A fauna yet to be discovered

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The Grand Tour in Sicily

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

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

An ever-evolving volcano


The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The living mountain

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

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The Etna viewpoint

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora

The senses tell Valle del Leone

The senses tell The summit craters

The “notches” of snow