Parco dell’Etna

The charm of the volcanoes of Sicily

Active volcanoes are considered to be those that have had some eruptive manifestations in the last ten thousand years . Based on this classification, in Sicily Etna and Stromboli are considered active as well as Lipari , Vulcano Island , Pantelleria and Ferdinandea Island.

For excursions it is always advisable to go with an environmental hiking guide more than anything else to conduct the climb in total safety .

The eruptions are called "pillow lavas", literally "pillow lavas", because they are predominantly effusive.

On the island of Vulcano the activity is characterized by short pulses, accompanied by a "bomb throw" with radial fractures. This island owes its existence to the function of some volcanoes, of which the largest is the Vulcano della Fossa.

The activity of Stromboli, on the other hand, involves real explosions with the launch of incandescent slag .

Located between Sciacca and the island of Pantelleria, the Ferdinandea island is a vast rocky platform of volcanic origin now submerged.

The seven Aeolian Islands are the emerged part of an almost semicircular volcanic arc . The largest island that is Lipari is none other than the emerged part of a large volcano. The territory of Pantelleria is also of volcanic origin and the last eruption took place in 1891, in the submerged part.

The secondary effects of all these volcanic activities are warm waters and steam puffs that intrigue tourists.