CALTANISSETTA ETNA


10 May 2018
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Thursday
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169 km
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ETNA

Catania’s INAF (National Astrophysic Institute) Astrophysic Observatory Mario Girolamo Fracastoro stands at the heart of Etna’s park, in Serra la Nave, Piano Vetore. The Observatory, at an altitude of 1,725 m, is home to the professional astrophysics telescopes that are located at the highest elevation in the country.

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WINE

Etna red and rosé (Nerello cappuccio, Nerello mascalese), white (Carricante, Cataratto, Minnella, Bianco, Trebbiano, Grillo).

MAIN SIGHTS

It is Europe’s largest volcano (3,346 m high, covering an area of 1,250 km), and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is part of the Mount Etna Regional Park, a protected area established in 1987 and covering approx. 60,000 hectares. Mount Etna is covered in snow for many months a year and becomes a real skiers’ paradise.

HISTORY

Ancient name: Aetna

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