Piano dell’Acqua

This is a small flattish area, at a height of about 700 metres, a short distance from Ballo, a district of Zafferana Etnea. Its name comes from the fact that it contains some drainage points on the side of Valle di San Giacomo, which supply water to the towns below. Trails 704 and 724 can…

Sciare di S. Venera – C.da Edera – Lago Gurrida

This is an area with a rare hydrogeological phenomenon: the River Flascio and the Torrente della Saracena stream, which flow down from Monti Nebrodi, breaking against the low slopes of Etna in a flat area, occupied by thick, ancient lava rock, which is fractured and permeable. The result is that, here and there, especially in…

Piano dei Grilli

Piano dei Grilli is the Base Point for Hike no. 6 in Parco dell’Etna. It can be reached directly from the town of Bronte, using a road paved in lava rock, which ends in a gate that marks the beginning of the state property where motorised vehicles are prohibited. The area in front of the…

Case Caldarera

A small hospitality structure at 1000 metres on the North face of Etna in the municipality of Randazzo. It has been adapted from a rural building and was recently renovated and made available by Parco dell’Etna. From here, it is possible to access the trails 717, 718 and 719, which lead onto the Altomontana Path…

Rifugio di Monte Manfrè

This is a small structure that can sleep up to 10 people. It is located at the bottom of Monte Manfré, a lateral cone, at 1460 metres, covered in woods of chestnut trees, hazels and oaks, and featuring a deep cleft in its steep sides. It is crossed by the Trail 786, which starts in…

Rifugio Citelli

Built for Prof. Salvatore Citelli on the edge of Monte Concazze in 1935, on an area made available by Cav. Paternò del Toscano. The refuge and the land were donated to Catania Section of the CAI (Italian Mountaineering Club). It is located at 1741 metres and can be reached via an asphalt road, while until…

Casa della Capinera

A hospitality structure, at 905 metres, created by Parco dell’Etna after purchasing a building used for some years as storage and accommodation by farmers working the surrounding land. It is a short distance from Monte Cicirello, a small volcanic cone with summit at 1098 metres. From Casa della Capinera, you can take trails 740 and…

Park Headquarters

The headquarters of Parco dell’Etna are just a little uphill of the town of Nicolosi, about 831 metres above sea level. They occupy what was once the 18th-century version of the Benedictine monastery of San Nicolò la Rena, founded in 1156, during Norman rule, by Simon, son of Henry of Policastro, brother-in-law of the Great…