Torre del Filosofo

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

An ever-changing panorama

The area of Torre del Filosofo is the best place to observe the Etna summit craters. However, it is a place of continuous eruptions, especially during the last 20 years, and their shape and profile are constantly changing. Take a good look at them and perhaps even take a photograph, because next time they will not be the same!

The warmth of the volcano

Try sitting on the cones from 2002-03, located in the Torre del Filosofo area. Though more than 15 years have passed since the eruption, you will still feel warmth coming from the ground. This is caused by the gases of the cooling magma down below, which still maintains temperatures of around 40-50°C.

A cloud of sulphur

In the Torre del Filosofo area, not only will you smell the volcano gas coming from the summit craters, but a large part of it escapes from just under your feet. Close your eyes and try to smell this harsh odour.

The rumble of the volcano

If you have come to this area during a period of eruptions or explosions from the summit craters, you can hear them distinctly. There will be a succession of explosions every 5-10 minutes, making you turn your head towards the craters!

An ever-evolving volcano

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

The senses tell The Red Mountains

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

The Grand Tour in Sicily

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The “notches” of snow

The living mountain

The Etna viewpoint

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


Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

Etna: a marvellous group of different types of flora

The senses tell Val Calanna

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The senses tell The summit craters

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The senses tell Acireale

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

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks

The Jaci river

Acireale and its “timpe”

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

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

The senses tell Valle del Leone

A fauna yet to be discovered

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

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

The senses tell The Etna Viewpoint

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

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

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

Etna, a natural laboratory where experiments can be carried out

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693