The tradition of the "Dead Souls": witches and ghosts of Mt Etna

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In Sicily we do not celebrate Halloween, or rather we celebrate it now but without much conviction. This brand new Anglo-Saxon tradition, in fact, could not replace yet our age-old “Dead Souls’ Night”, linked to myths and legends and … yes, even to witches and typically local ghosts. (more…)

Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2018/10/03 Updated: 2018/10/04

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Spontaneous vegetation of Etna

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What a great show is the spontaneous vegetation of Etna!,  Usually everybody thinks about a volcano without vegetation instead is the same volcanic ash that creates a fertile environment for trees and plants and  also the right balance of the minerals present in it.


Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2018/07/13 Updated: 2018/07/13

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5 Etna Facts & Mythos

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Mount Etna is the one of the most popular tourist areas in Sicily, and it can be either hiked or driven up using suitable vehicles, and it is also a leading site of volcanic research.

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Mount Etna is also known as Mongibello which means “mountain-mountain”. The ancient Romans believed that Vulcan–the god of fire and metalworking–had his forge beneath Mount Etna and that this was the cause of its eruptions. The word “volcano” originates from his name.

The famous active volcano is surrounded by numerous communities, that, in the event of an eruption, are generally protected from lava flow using diversion tactics that include deposits, explosives and holes. Let´s find out 5 most interesting curiosities about Mount Etna


Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2017/11/07 Updated: 2018/07/13

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Magma versus Lava - The difference

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Did you know that .. Lava is not the same as magma. We often use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a differentiation.

The red-hot magma masses are located under the earth’s crust. Inside of Mount Etna there are 3 magma chambers. The largest of the three is 30 km in the deep, the middle about 10 km above the first and the smallest about 2 km below the highest point of the volcano. In this chamber, the magma accumulates in small holes in the rock.

Author: Etna Excursions Posted on: 2016/09/14 Updated: 2017/03/15

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