The Red Mountains

The senses tell The Red Mountains

The route of the 1669 flow

It is strange that two hills that are so green destroyed almost half the city of Catania. Climb to the top of the Red Mountains and try to follow the flow’s path to the sea!

The mushrooms of Etna

If you are a licensed mushroom expert, there is no better place to hunt for porcini mushrooms, which are excellent typical products of Etna.

The undergrowth

The undergrowth of the chestnut grove of the Red Mountains is rich in vegetation. Try to focus on its aroma alone!

Watch out for the chestnuts

If you touch the undergrowth or walk in flat shoes, be careful of the chestnut shells; they are like real hedgehogs! Try to hold a few in your hand without pricking yourself and you will realise just how well the chestnut tree defends its fruits.

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

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

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

A fauna yet to be discovered

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693


Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The Grand Tour in Sicily

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The “notches” of snow

The senses tell Acireale

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

The senses tell The Red Mountains

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

The senses tell Valle del Leone

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The senses tell Val Calanna

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint

The living mountain

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The different names of the “Muntagna”

Acireale and its “timpe”

The Jaci river

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

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

An ever-evolving volcano

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

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

The senses tell The summit craters

The Etna viewpoint