Giants of Mt Etna, stories of big trees


There are giants, on Mt Etna. Big, large beings leaving you breathless for their beauty and elegance. Do not be scared … they are not aliens! They are plants. Trees, to be exact. The giants of Etna are wonderful age-old trees that, from their nest in the woods, have seen armies, kings, events pass by. […]

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Magazzeni, where the lava changed its course


At about 6 km off the small town of Sant’Alfio, in a place almost wild and unhabited, you will find a small church with the typical alpine architecture. The Magazzeni Church. The name is quite strange, it reminds of a noble family or of “magazzini” (warehouses) used to keep agricultural tools. But it refers to […]

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Etna, the mysterious “pyramids”


Are there pyramids on Mt. Etna? According to some historians, mostly foreigners, yes. Research published about five years ago by a French historian, Antoine Gigal, identified forty “mysterious” buildings in the countryside at the foot of the volcano. They are very similar of the sacred buildings of Central America. Just like the Mexican square pyramids, […]

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Milo, the small Fornazzo chapel in the hug of the lava


Going on with our itinerary of the Etnean churches buried or touched by the lava, we will visit the Sacro Cuore. After the surprising churches of Nunziata, Mompileri and Campanarazzu there we go along the road leading from the eastern flank to Etna North. You take it in the village of Fornazzo, a part of […]

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Etna Wineries, home to great wine


It is not a casuality if Mount Etna is the home to great Sicilian wines. It is a volcano, in fact, and this matters. Especially when you cultivate vines. The lavic soil is rich of nutrients and the grapes take them all. This is the element – together with the special local climate – that […]

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