Mount Etna


Etna - the largest active volcanoe in Italy.

Mount Etna eruption

Etna erupting in May 2015. People in Taormina are watching.



Lava on Mount Etna

Signs of vegetation as I was driving up Mount Etna.



Mount Etna

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcanoe can be seen from large parts of Sicily. This view is from Taormina.




Lava on Mount Etna

Etna erupting in May 2015. View from Taormina.



Mount Etna

Driving around Mount Etna.


The Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli tells of his soft spot for Sicily: "Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, is also one of the most beautiful areas of Sicily. You can take the cable car up to 2,500m and then walk to the crater. Make sure you wear warm clothes, even in summer. The view from the top is unbelievable.
Read more in The Guardian


Photo: Mark Elderton

Photo: Mark Elderton




Etna crater.

Photo: Mark Elderton


Lava river on Mount Etna.

Photo: Mark Elderton





Climbing Mount Etna In A Car (funny archive footage from 1938)



Mount Etna Disaster - Sicily (1923)

British Pathé item title reads: The Etna disaster. Avalanche of molten lava destroys everything in its path, rendering 100,000 people homeless. Sicily.


Mount Etna Erupts (1960)

Mount Etna, Sicily. Cut story with Italian commentary. (British Pathé)


Etna In Eruption (1928) - short version


Eruption Of Etna (1950)

Unused footage. Source British Pathé


Mount Etna Eruption Again (1964)


Birdwatching in Sicily

In the spring, many migrants is passing over Sicily, so this is consider a good time for bird watching. Sicily has a long coastline with good opportunities for watching and bird photography.

The salt pans in Trapani is a good place for flamingoes, spoonbills, egrets, herons and other smaller waders.

Protected since 1984, the nature reserve Vendicari (Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari), some 10-15 minutes drive from Noto, is a wetland of great interest for its wildlife.

In the spring, many birds cross the straits between Sicily and the mainland.

Climbing Etna you can see birds of prey.

Sicilian Sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List

  • Agrigento: Archaeological Area of Agrigento (UNESCO)
  • Aeolian Islands: Isole Eolie. The group consists of seven islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea) and five small islets (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca) in the vicinity of Panarea. (UNESCO)
  • Caltagirone (UNESCO)
  • Catania (UNESCO)
  • Cefalù Cathedral
  • Militello Val di Catania (UNESCO)
  • Modica (UNESCO)
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Mount Etna (UNESCO)
  • Noto (UNESCO)
  • Palermo: Palazzo dei Normanni (The Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Cappella Palatina (The Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti
  • Palermo: Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (also known as the Martorana)
  • Palermo: Church of San Cataldo
  • Palermo: Cathedral of Palermo
  • Palermo: The Zisa Palace (La Zisa)
  • Palermo: The Cuba Palace (La Cuba)
  • Palazzolo Acreide (UNESCO)
  • Ragusa (UNESCO)
  • Scicli (UNESCO)
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (UNESCO)