Places to visit near Catania: Aci Trezza

Places to visit near Catania: Aci Trezza

Aci Trezza is located just under 10 kilometres north of Catania on the so-called Cyclops Coast. Once a small fishing village, it is now a popular holiday destination. The small town with about 5,000 inhabitants has a picturesque harbour, and directly off the coast are...
Lava and snow: when extremes meet

Lava and snow: when extremes meet

The particularly low temperatures at the beginning of February 2023 and intense precipitation on 9 and 10 February 2023 transformed Etna into an idyllic winter landscape with snowdrifts that were four metres high in places and posed considerable challenges for some...
The feast of St Agatha in Catania

The feast of St Agatha in Catania

Last weekend, from 3 to 5 February 2023, all of Catania was in a state of emergency: for three days, one of the biggest religious festivals in the world was celebrated. Millions of people flooded the streets in intense adoration of their city patron, Saint Agatha. The...
Accidents on Mount Etna

Accidents on Mount Etna

In view of the occasion, here is another article today on the subject of “how dangerous is Etna? – this time, however, not primarily with reference to volcanic eruptions, falling rocks, lava flows and sulphur mist. It is about solo attempts, misguided...
How dangerous is Etna?

How dangerous is Etna?

It is a mighty phenomenon; at around 3347 metres, it is considered the highest and most active volcano in Europe. It is constantly active, with eruptions almost every year. And yet it is densely populated: Catania with its more than 300,000 inhabitants lies at its...
Mount Etna in autumn

Mount Etna in autumn

Mount Etna is worth a visit at any time of the year and offers a different sight every season. Especially the north side, where the barren, black lunar landscape alternates with forests, bushes and flowers, offers an ever-changing play of colours as the months change:...
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