Volcanic monitoring – Tourist use

etna agosto 2020

Update of 6 Jul 2021

At the moment Etna is showing only “paroxysmal” activities on a periodic basis (approximately every 24/48 hours). They are very intense eruptive phenomena from one of the four summit craters (South East) lasting a couple of hours. These spectacular activities are characterized by very tall lava fountains that can reach one kilometer in height and beyond. If they happen at night, the show is guaranteed and visible from almost all of Sicily and Calabria. At the same time, enormous quantities of volcanic ash are emitted which, depending on the direction of the winds, fall on the slopes of the volcano and beyond. On these last occasions, rock falls of a few centimeters in diameter have also occurred. During the paroxysms there were lava flows from the sides of the crater towards the Valle del Bove and on the southwest side, in deserted places. In any case, this type of activity does not involve risks for the population. In the photo beside (author Emilio Messina, naturalistic guide) the activity of February 24th from our headquarters of our meeting point is represented.

Further information on the website of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology: www.ct.ingv.it

TOURIST FRUITION – All our excursions, with the exception of the tours to the summit craters (see below), are active.

FRUITION OF SUMMIT CRATERS – The summit craters are currently off-limits to the public, even accompanied by authorized guides, for safety reasons related to the volcanic activity mentioned above (ordinances available on the site of the Etna park and / or territorially competent municipalities). The maximum altitude that can be reached is currently 2700 meters (Loc. Ex Torre del Filosofo, at the base of the summit craters). Our tours to the summit craters are currently suspended as the violation of these provisions is a criminal offense and the coverage of the insurance policies expires.
For those wishing to climb as high as possible in compliance with the provisions in force, we recommend the Etna 3000 tours (more touristic) and the High Altitude trek (for good walkers).

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