Lat: 37° 45' 9.106776" N - Long: 14° 59' 50.52429" E
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Mount Etna is 3,340 meters high above sea level.
It's a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The beginning of its activity dates back to about 600,000 years ago, and it's currently one of the most active volcanoes in the world and the highest active in Europe.
Its eruptions are characterized by effusive and explosive activities, and offer wonderful shows, especially at night.
Etna has about 300 eccentric craters in its territory, and it is so large as to host other gigantic formations, such as the Valle del Bove, where most of the lava flows have been poured out for decades.
The views from anywhere are always breathtaking, and it's one of the very few places in the world where you can ski watching the sea.
In 1987 the Etna Park was established, which has an area of 59,000 hectares hosting numerous species of plants and fauna.
In it there are numerous caves and countless paths.
You can find here the superb golden eagle, returned to nest.
Of remarkable geological interest there is the Gelo Cave: a cave that has inside a temperature that even in the summer months does not exceed -6 degrees, causing the presence of perennial ice inside.
The Castagno dei Cento Cavalli, in the municipality of Sant'Alfio, is a chestnut tree which is considered as the most famous in Italy.
It has been studied by various botanists and visited by many famous people.
On the north-west side of the volcano the pistachios (Bronte) and the strawberries (Maletto) thrive, unique for their taste and color due to the typicality of the territory and the microclimate.
Another noteworthy production is that of pears and peaches, particularly the "tabacchiere dell'Etna".
The Circumetnea Railway train circumnavigates Etna, always offering new emotions.
The summit of the volcano can be reached from the south side, taking the funicular from Rifugio Sapienza and continuing with the trucks.
In the case of large eruptions, access possibilities may vary considerably.
Today we discover...
Castle of Forza D'Agrò
A fortress-shelter with a majestic view of the sea
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