Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2013 and the Natural Park of Etna is intended to safeguard this beautiful territory since 1987.
Etna is located in Catania district, the volcano is called Mungibeddu by the inhabitants, with the continuous eruptions and the birth of new craters it has changed over time its appearance and the surrounding landscape, and so also changes its height, now around 3343 meters. the cohabitation between the inhabitants and the volcano is not always easy, but the mountain itself offers a fertile territory that for thousands of years has attracted the man who decided to live on its slopes.
Today the Etna Park aims to protect the environment and landscape, but also the traditions and organic agriculture in harmony with the surrounding nature. On the mountain slopes in fact there are vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and stones. The vineyards placed on terraces produce excellent wines.
Etna offers a wide variety of landscape situations, with snow over 1000 meters in the winter and the ski resort, and the many hiking trails in the summer in wooded areas or on old lava flows without vegetation. In the park there are different levels of protection and certain sensitive areas are excluded from visitors, not only for security reasons but also to preserve the delicate nature of the volcano, as the area of “strict nature reserve”, where the intervention of man is very limited.