Etna volcanic land
Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Called by the Sicilians Mungibeddu o 'a Muntagna, to indicate its recognition as The Mountain par excellence, Etna is located 30 km from the city of Catania, on the eastern side of Sicily.
Apart from the Alps, it is the highest Italian peak, despite its size constantly varying over time as it is a volcano. At present, its height is 3340 m. s.l.m, with a diameter of 45 km.
“The microclimate of this mountain and the fertile soil characterized by a high mineral content give life to some of the best wines in Italy.”
Etna has a great geological and landscape variety (dense woods with endemic species, desert areas covered with volcanic rocks which, during the winter, are covered with snow): this is why a large part of its territory has been included in the Park Natural of Etna.
World heritage site
In June 2013, Mount Etna was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. With its inclusion, the Sicily region boasts six Unesco sites among the 48 total in Italy.
Every year, many tourists and onlookers decide to take an excursion to Mount Etna and visit the homonymous Natural Park. The beauty of the lunar landscape, the sea view and the volcanic activities are an experience not to be missed when visiting Sicily and the Catania area. Travelers can choose a half-day or full-day excursion, combining the unique experience of visiting the volcano with the discovery of local food and wine.