Environment and Nature, Naturalistic places and wildlife parks
Environment and Nature, Naturalistic places and wildlife parks.
The Etna Park covers 59,000 hectares in a unique natural environment: the extraordinary landscape that surrounds the highest active volcano in Europe, has become, since June 2013, a World Heritage Site.
The proximity to the city of Catania and the A18 Messina-Catania highway allows easy connections to the Park. The towns that surround the Etna Park (Adrano, Belpasso, Biancavilla, Bronte, Castiglione di Sicilia, Giarre, Linguaglossa, Maletto, Mascali, Milo, Nicolosi, Pedara, Piedimonte Etneo, Ragalna, Randazzo, Sant'Alfio, Santa Maria di Licodia, Trecastagni, Viagrande, Zafferana Etnea) are connected with Catania and with each other.
In the summit area, at 3,326 m above sea level, there are four main craters that can be reached in two ways: going to the meeting points where you will be accompanied by authorized volcanological guides; going up to 2,900 m above sea level (Torre del Filosofo) by cable car.
During the winter, the volcano offer the chance to enjoy an almost "alpine" atmosphere while continuing to appreciate the sea. While trekking in this season you might need to wear snowshoes or cross-country skis, mountaineering skis, crampons and ice axe.
TRAILS AND PATHS
Etna Park trails
In the Park area there are many different paths that will lead you to the discovery of the Etna, trails with different difficulties and durations. Here below a selection of trails with a detailed description on the Etna Park website and interactive maps.