Il Principe Hotel Catania - Etna Hotel
|Mount Etna (Aetna in Latin, also known as Muncibeddu
in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian, both meaning mountain)
is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to
Messina and Catania. Its Arabic name was Jebel Utlamat
(the Mountain of Fire). It is the largest active
volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,340 metres (10,922 ft) high.
It is the highest mountain in Italy, south of the Alps.
Etna covers an area of 1,190 kmē (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest. Mount Vesuvius.Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of eruption. Volcanic activity at Etna began about half a million years ago, with eruptions occurring beneath the sea off the coastline of Sicily.Eruptions at this time built up the first major volcanic edifice, forming a strato-volcano in alternating explosive and effusive eruptions. The growth of the mountain was occasionally interrupted by major eruptions leading to the collapse of the summit to form calderas.
Etna is also an uninterrupted destination of tourists interested in the volcano and its manifestations because it's one of the few active volcanoes in the world that everybody can reach with any type of transport. There are in fact specialized guides that bring to the summit craters. Large parts of its slopes are situated in the natural park that is a destination for tourists who love nature and relax.
It' s also possible to practice winter sports as ski and snowboard. The snow guarantees the opening of the two ski resorts. You can also get a ski lift, enjoying beautiful landscapes.
During the winter, from December to February, takes place the skiing activity. The society FUNIVIA DELL'ETNA offers to lovers of winter sports 2 tracks approved, extended for over 10 km. The activity has recently been strengthened to meet the needs of the growing number of winter sports lovers.
Rifugio Sapienza is a mountain hut located at 1910 meters on the etna southern area. It is a small hotel with fifty beds, a restaurant and a bar. It is located near the departure station of the cableway. The refuge has many times been threatened to be overwhelmed by the eruption of Etna, but it has never been destroyed.
GEO ETNA EXPLORER - Full day excursions on Mount Etna for individuals and groups, every day of the year.
Trust to the etna experts, that for over 10 years performing with passion every day and special excursions on Etna. The excursions are made every day of the year (including holidays). The departure is from your hotel or other locations on request, by jeep. An expert guide will show you every aspect of Etna. The excursions are suitable for everyone.
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