The chestnuts of Mount Etna

On the eastern side of Etna (from the north-east to the south-east) there are - due to the special climate - large occurrences of sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa). The chestnuts are edible, but are not grown or collected commercially, as most of them grow in the Etna Park and are therefore protected. In winter, people in Sicily also like to eat...
Experience Etna live – a personal report

Experience Etna live – a personal report

Seit dem 13.5.2022 ist der Südöstliche Krater wieder aktiv. Am Fuß des Kegels, auf seiner Nordseite, hat sich eine Spalte geöffnet. Ein Lavastrom ergießt sich seit dem ständig in das Valle del Bove, das riesige Tal auf der Ostseite des Ätna.Es handelt sich um eine subterminale Eruption, d.h. um einen Ausbruch eines Hauptkraters, der aber nicht...

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Catania and the elephants

Catania and the elephants

At first glance, Sicily and Catania have nothing to do with elephants. Yet a red elephant is emblazoned on Catania's coat of arms and in the heart of the city in Cathedral Square (in front of Sant'Agata Cathedral), a black elephant with an obelisk on its back stands in the middle of a fountain - Catania's emblem. What is this all about? The coat...

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Where do the names of Etna’s craters come from?

Where do the names of Etna’s craters come from?

Mount Etna has not only 4 main craters, but also almost 300 lateral craters. Every hill we see in the vast Etna area is an extinct lateral crater. Lateral eruptions are so-called monogenetic eruptions, i.e. openings that are active only once and then are so firmly closed that they never erupt again. The main craters, on the other hand, are...

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Etna Current – 13.5.2022

Etna Current – 13.5.2022

The south-eastern crater does not come to rest: the currently highest and most active main crater of Etna provides spectacular images again on the evening of 13.5.2022. This time the activity does not start with strombolian activity. A lava flow is descending on the northern side of the Southeast Crater and has already reached the base of the...

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Sicily – Culinary Diversity from North to West

Sicily – Culinary Diversity from North to West

A round trip for all the senses Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea located in the southwest of Italy, is not only home to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, but also has impressive cities to offer in addition to beautiful beaches. No matter which side of the island you are on, in each city you will find different...

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The plant diversity of Etna

The plant diversity of Etna

Die sizilianische Pflanzenwelt zeichnet sich durch viele endemische Arten aus. Sie machen etwa 10 % der Pflanzenarten der Insel aus. In diesem Artikel wollen wir euch von einigen der besonderen Pflanzen erzählen, die am Ätna wachsen. Denn wer glaubt der Ätna sei eine karge, leblose Steinwüste, der irrt. Der Ätna bietet Lebensraum für eine...

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