Etna

Etna, also called Mongibello , is considered the most active volcano in Sicily. It rises on the eastern coast of Sicily, southwest of the Peloritani Mountains and is crossed by the fifteenth meridian, from which it takes its name. Click here to find out more. This volcano, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site , fascinates thousands of visitors every day who venture to the top to admire its majesty and red surface.

In fact, it is possible to visit the Etna Park which in turn offers numerous attractions including:

  • Silvestri Craters: two huge extinct craters located on the southern side of Etna. The Silvestri Craters are the expression of the strength of Nature, which first creates and then destroys. Even today it is possible to smell the sulfur of the craters and the heat of the volcanic stones.
  • Sartorius Mountains are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating destinations of Etna. These are ancient craters that were formed during the 1865 eruption.
  • Grotta del Gelo , defined as the hidden wonder of Sicily the Grotta del Gelo. The cave is known for the perennial presence of ice that has accumulated inside it for over three hundred years.
  • Summit craters , the three volcanoes from which to start the complete tour of Etna. The main craters are the central crater (consisting of Voragine and Bocca nuova), the north-east crater and the south-east crater.
  • The caves: inside the Etna Park, there are in fact over two hundred of them. Known since ancient times. The caves were used as shelters, burial places, sacred places, or as places intended for the accumulation of snow. Among the most famous caves we must at least mention the cave of the Lamponi, the Tre Levelli, the Gelo, the Palombe.
  • Valle del Bove , a huge basin located in the eastern part of Etna: it measures about 7 kilometers by 5 kilometers, and its walls reach up to about a thousand meters in height.
  • Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò La Rena , in addition to having a great historical and architectural value, this monastery is also the seat of the Etna Park Authority.

Finally, it should be remembered that Etna in addition to breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience can also offer innovative and engaging activities. Visitors can, in fact, choose to practice some healthy trekking, hiking in nature, or even a nice ride among the craters. Moreover, for the more “comfortable” it offers the opportunity to visit Etna comfortably by train, exploring the paths that surround the volcano.

If you feel like running and discovering this magnificent work of art that nature has given us, Etna, click here and discover our GO HORSE trip planner.

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