Rifugio Galvarina

This is the best known of the bivouacs owned by the State Forestry Agency and located in sequence along the 38 km of the Altomontana Path, which can be reached in an hour-and-a-half’s walk from Piano Vetore. It is located at 1878 metres and is always open so that it can be used by excursionists,…

Piano del Vescovo

A small flat area, now crossed by the provincial road, S.P. 92 from Zafferana Etnea to the area of Rifugio Sapienza. The name is a reminder that the area and much of the Bove Valley was owned by the Archbishopric of Catania, who used it to earn money from trading snow and lumber. Piano del…

Stazione di arrivo della Funivia

The intermediate station of Etna’s cable car was located at 2500 m until 1971, but after the top part was destroyed by lava, it was decided not to rebuild it and to use off-road coaches to take tourists up to the summit area. However, the bottom half was also destroyed by lava by an eruption…

Case Bosco Chiuso

Before it was bought by the State Forestry Agency, it was known as Case Pappalardo, named for the last owner of the houses, which were built to serve the lumber business carried out there. They are located at 1219 metres and are one of the two natural access points to the middle area of Etna,…

Casermetta Forestale (o Rifugio) La Nave

From the village of Maletto, it is possible to access the middle area of the volcano, on a road that can be travelled using a private vehicle, which must be left alongside Monte La Nave, the start of Trail 713. The barracks is located along the trail, a short way from the Altomontana Path and…

Case Bosco Prato Fiorito

This is a long, sun-kissed hamlet at an altitude of 1077 metres in the municipality of Adrano, which in the past was dedicated to such agriculture as was possible at such a height and which suffered the snow in winter. It is also a starting point for Trail 708, which leads up to an area…

Case Bevacqua

The rural complex of Case Bevacqua is a large group of houses, sheds and production facilities at an altitude of 1013 metres. The story of this structure reflects the story of Etna’s whole eastern slope, prevalently used to grow wine since the first decades of the 19th century. An inscription on the keystone of the…

Filiciusa Milia

This is the name given to a district extending from an altitude of 1300 to 1600 metres, bordering the district, which is used to grow olives, and where the state property is occupied by a dense wood of lariccio pines. Just past the bar bordering the state property, there is a refuge belonging to the…

Piano Fiera

This is a flattish area with a particular charm that comes from the natural setting and silence all around. It is dotted with pines and enclosed by three volcanic cones, set out in a semicircle (Monte Gallo, Monte Testa and Monte Forno). From here it is possible to access the trails to the Altomontana Path…

Pineta Ragabo

This is a part of the much larger Pineta di Linguaglossa pine wood, at 1400 metres, and borders an area known as Piano della Pernicana. It is located along the provincial road from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana. It offers two eating areas and also the end of the long route (approx. 38 km), known as…

Piano Provenzana

A very large flat stretch at an altitude of 1900 metres, where the pine forest, Pineta di Linguaglossa thins out towards the bare volcanic slopes above. It is a known station for winter sports and has a sequence of five lifts and numerous eating spots. It also offers an off-road coach service to take you…

Rifugio Sapienza

Located at 1910 metres, this is a hotel converted from a barracks, known as “Capanna Montagnola”, built by the Voluntary Militia for National Security (Blackshirts) and left unfinished with the outbreak of the second World War. With the fall of Fascism, the facility was given to the Catania section of the CAI, which completed it…