The Etna, called also Mongibello and to sicilian “A Muntagna”, today is an active volcano of Sicily and is a World Heritage Site. In the last few months the population of the Etna villages has witnessed rains of lapillus and 14 paroxysms that have mainly affected the villages of: Pedara, Zafferana, Giarre, Acireale, and Viagrande. The loud roars kept the population awake at night and to the surprise people, the next day found volcanic sand everywhere.
The earth covered not only the Etna villages, but also the villages of Syracuse. The frequent eruptions over the years have changed the landscape and represented a threat to the population. Its eruptions occur both on the top and on the sides. The craters on the top are 4: the Voragine, the bocca Nuova, the North-East Crater and the Crater of South-East.
Etna rises on the eastern coast of Sicily and occupies an area of 1265Km, is characterized by urban landscapes and woods, used by the population to often make outings, mountain bike competitions, and guided excursions along the various paths. Inside the Etna Park on eastern side, we find a huge basin called Valle del Bove and the Grotta del Gelo in which has formed perennial ice.
During one of its oldest eruptions, the lava arrived in the city and desperate devotees of St. Agatha, patron saint of Catania, carried the red veil of the saint in procession to try to stop the flow that had reached the Cathedral. On February 5th, 252 they succeeded and since then every year the city of Catania celebrates Saint Agatha.
Now, spring has come and we have this wonderful Natural site all for us to be discovered and strolled on!