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Etna Volcano, Italy

From series “Volcanoes and Traps That Changed the Face of the Planet”
In Italy, there is one more powerful volcano, Etna. It has directly influenced on the formation of the modern reliefs. That’s is one of the main attractions of Sicily and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The first violent eruption of Etna occurred in the 16th century BC. Researchers and historians officially recorded 150 violent eruptions of Mount Etna to these days. A number of less powerful eruptions can’t be calculated precisely.

Etna Volcano, Italy One of the largest eruptions, which were historically recorded, occurred in 1669. Volcanic flows literally wiped out more than 40 adjacent towns and villages. This eruption lasted for three days. During it, a large crack of 7 km long appeared and the hot lava was continuously flowing out there for more than 60 hours. A few years later, lava flows cooled down completely. The dense vegetation appeared there later. The land on the slopes of Mount Etna became incredibly fertile.

Locals hurried back to the place of grace. Even now, they grow vineyards, olive trees, and orchards on the slopes of the volcano. The geological implications of the volcanic activity are enormous too. For hundreds of years, mountainsides were collapsing after each of the next series of explosions. So, new huge basins and craters appeared close to the volcano. Scientists believe that after one of the regular eruptions of Etna, the water took a large settlement of Atlit Yam in Israel. All of its residents fled from the disaster, but many of them died later. Next - Columbia River Traps


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Banca Popolare Di Lodi' located in 14 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'autonoleggio la madonnina' is located in 16 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'STAZIONE DI SERVIZIO IP' in 16 km
Supermarket: 'Ottobrata Zafferanese' in 11 km
Parking: 'Soccorso Stradale Economico Catania Alberti Car Auto Usate e Noleggio' in 18 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacia Maria Ausiliatrice' in 16 km
Police station: 'Polizia Municipale di Castiglione di Sicilia' in 17 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Ristorante Monte Conca' in 5.62 km
Railway station: 'Ferrovia Circumetnea' in 13 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Fontanarossa Airport CTA - in 32 km
 »  Sigonella NAF Airport NSY - in 39 km
 »  Tito Menniti Airport REG - in 67 km
 »  Lamezia Terme Airport SUF - in 168 km
 »  Falcone-Borsellino Airport PMO - in 172 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Etna Volcano

Hotel Corsaro

Located in 6 km from Etna Volcano
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Rooms: 17
Breakfast includes croissants and cakes, fresh fruit juice, and eggs, ham and cheese. The restaurant serves a varied buffet of homemade pasta, … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Villa Dorata

Located in 7 km from Etna Volcano
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Rooms: 9
Rooms at the Dorata have views of Mount Etna, and feature antique furniture and flat-screen TVs. All have a bathrobe for extra comfort. On site you … More: photo, rates and booking
Ai Vecchi Crateri

Located in 10 km from Etna Volcano
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Rooms: 9
Offering free Wi-Fi, Ai Vecchi Crateri's rooms come with a TV, minibar and private bathroom. They overlook the garden and the mountains. A sweet … More: photo, rates and booking
Wine Resort Villagrande

Located in 11 km from Etna Volcano
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Rooms: 4
With a terrace and views of the sea, the air-conditioned rooms have free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. They come with a TV, sofa and telephone. … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Etna
0 km - Etna
The largest active volcano in Europe is Mount Etna; it has formed about 3500 years ago. According to scientists, it has erupted at least 200 times during its existence. Small eruptions take place regularly attracting fans of extreme tourism to Sicily. Etna is about …
Teatro Greco Antico di Taormina
28 km - Teatro Greco Antico di Taormina
The Italian town of Taormina has also its own unique antique symbol - a beautiful amphitheater that recalls the culture and traditions of the past. According to researchers, the construction of the theater took place in the 2nd century BC. For the erection of the arena …
Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco
81 km - Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco
Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco is one of the most beautiful sightseeing in Cecilia. It was constructed for the Arezzo family in the medieval times. However, the today’s look the building took from the late 18th century. The palace is built in the Sicilian Baroque …
Filicudi Island
98 km - Filicudi Island
Filicudi Island is a great example of an isolated vacation. There you can escape from the city noise and unwilling thoughts. This 9,5 square kilometers long Italian island has population for more than 230 people. There you can see several small villages but the main …
Azure Window
202 km - Azure Window
The picturesque Maltese island of Gozo has an amazing landmark - the natural arch named Azure Window. It was formed in a limestone rock, which extends far into the sea. This natural attraction has got its name due to a special azure colour of the coastal …
Megalithic Temples of Malta
213 km - Megalithic Temples of Malta
In Malta, the archaeologists have discovered the astonishingly preserved ancient temples whose age is more than 5 500 years. Seven megalithic temples, which today belong to the historical objects of the world, have been used for a thousand years and are now regarded as …

Top destination around Etna Volcano - Taormina

The Romans captured the city 200 years after its foundation. Later, the city had been under the control of rebellious slaves for quite a long time and then resisted the Arab conquerors for more than 50 years. The Arabs have managed to capture the impregnable city at the beginning of the 10th century, but a hundred years later their reign was broken - the coastal city has become Norman. Formation of Taormina as a popular resort began in the 19th century. Representatives of noble European families attracted by amazing seascapes and a favorable climate of these lands began to flock here.

By the early 20th century, Taormina has already become the most visited and famous Sicilian resort. Beautiful beaches and amazing culture of the city make it irresistible in the eyes of many modern travelers. An incredible number of ancient monuments, as well as amazing medieval structures, have been preserved in the city and its environs. Guests of the resort can see its beautiful amphitheaters, which are currently used for holding all kinds of cultural events. Despite the fact that many antique buildings date back over 2,000 years, most of them are striking in their spectacular look, being almost completely restored.
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