Val Calanna

The senses tell Val Calanna

Between Sea and Mountain

On the route, the Val Calanna, and in particular the top of Monte Fior di Cosimo or Monte Zoccolaro, is the first point where we can observe a vast area of eastern Sicily.


For most of the year, the Val Calanna is covered by a yellow and green blanket of broom. You must take the chance to smell its fragrant yellow flowers.

Etna heritage apples

The Val Calanna is an area where you can still find some Etna heritage apples, which are a little smaller than we are used to, but really tasty!

The smooth lava!

While moving through the flow of 1991-93, at the start of the Val Calanna, you will find completely smooth areas, as though they were artificially built roads: these are portions of “pahoehoe” lava, which in Hawaiian means “smooth, unbroken lava”.

The explosions of the central craters in the distance

The Val Calanna and, more generally, the Valle del Bove, are far from inhabited centres. By sitting somewhere comfortable, at some point you will hear an explosion from the summit craters!

The senses tell The Red Mountains

Etna, an ever-changing natural laboratory

The senses tell Valle del Leone

Summit crater activity between 2011 and 2019

The 1669 eruption in Catania

The Jaci river

The senses tell Torre del Filosofo

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

Etna, wine terroir of excellence

Etna, the living mountain

The senses tell Acireale

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

The Red Mountains and the destructive eruption of 1669

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

Acireale and its “timpe”


Etna: a marvellous group of microclimates and vegetation

Empedocles and his passion for Etna

The “notches” of snow

An ever-evolving volcano

A fauna context yet to be discovered

The continuous evolution of the Etna summit craters

The fault system of the “Timpe” of Acireale

The Elliptical, the first great volcano of Etna

The eruption of 1928 that destroyed the town of Mascali

Volcanic monitoring and eruption forecasting

The Etna viewpoint

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

The Grand Tour in Sicily

The different names of the “Muntagna”

The senses tell The Etna viewpoint

The senses tell Acicastello and Acitrezza

The earthquake that changed the geography of eastern Sicily in 1693

Valle del Leone and the Elliptical

Acireale and reconstruction after the 1693 earthquake

The first Etnean volcanic events between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza

Why did Etna form in that specific geographical position?

The senses tell The Summit craters

The senses tell Val Calanna

Lachea Island and the Aci Trezza Stacks