New Strombolian eruption on Mount Etna that occurred during the night of 13 December 2020. A new eruption from the South East crater began on the volcano. The lava flow during the night was visible from a great distance, amid particularly strong volcanic rumbles and tremors. Following are the latest details collected by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Etneo Observatory. Known in acronym as INGV, it is the Italian research institute responsible for the study of geophysical and volcanological phenomena and the management of the respective national monitoring networks for seismic and volcanic phenomena.

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Sicily is the biggest of the Italian islands, top places to visit and a wide range of activities to do. Home to a wide variety of archaeological sites, famous beaches, archipelagos and several islets. Moreover, thanks to its mild climate, Sicily offers many opportunities throughout the different seasons. Here I give you a good source of travel ideas if you are planning a holiday in Sicily.

History, good food, night life and, above all, a warm atmosphere.

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Sicilian cuisine: color, flavor and tradition

Sicilian cuisine is closely intertwined with its historical, religious and cultural events. It is an art that has developed since ancient times and the various invasions has been enriched with new dishes and flavors. One of the most interesting notes to underline is certainly the fact that even today we prepare and serve recipes of ancient origin on the Sicilian tables. Food is something that the Sicilian people have in common. e are talking about a kitchen that is in any case complex: because of the influence it has undergone, but also current and above all exported to many foreign locations given to the phenomenon of emigration.

Today as yesterday, little has changed at the table

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A paradise for every wine lover: the Etna area

Hundreds of wineries await you with their wines and their history

For those who enjoy a good wine and are visiting the Etna cannot fail to visit one of the many wineries that produce excellent wines in the Etna DOC territory (DOC means “Di Origine Controllata, lit. Denomination of Controlled Origin). In recent years, international attention has been given to this unique area which offers a variety of wines with deep historical roots and thousand-year-old vines. Visiting an Etna winery is not just a simple visit. You will immerse yourself in an atmosphere of the past … it is a leap into the past, in that Sicily that produced wine for family use, but which today has a place of honor in the international wine industry.

A terroir unique in the world gives to the Etna wine its mark

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Visit Taormina, “the pearl of the Mediterranean”

A timeless beauty that fascinates the whole world

One of the most well-known and renowned centers and an unmissable stop is definitely Taormina. In relatively little space, if we want to say so, Taormina has an immense archaeological and cultural heritage. In addition to being an elegant and refined town, Taormina impresses with its privileged position on a cliff overlooking the sea from which you can admire the beaches and the breathtaking view.

Its narrow streets are picturesque and it is a real pleasure to stroll through the characteristic streets where time seems to stand still. There is a wide choice of restaurants and bars where you can taste typical Sicilian dishes or refresh yourself with an original “Granita”. Precisely for its beauty and uniqueness Taormina has also been chosen as a set for various films by international directors such as for example “Le grand bleu” by Luc Besson, “The little devil” (orig. Il Piccolo Diavolo) by Roberto Benigni, “The godfather-part III”; of Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen’s “The Goddess of Love” to name a few.

Greeks, Romans and Arabs; A mixture that still resists today

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Welcome to the largest active volcano in Europe: Mount Etna.

Birth and development of a wonder of the world

Symbol of the island that has always marked and still marks the life of the inhabitants of Etna. The Sicilian territory is characterized by its presence and its majesty. In what is now the surroundings of the city of Catania and which was once a gulf, Etna was born from underwater eruptions, about 500,000 years ago. Etna (also called “Mungibeddu” or “à Muntagna”, in Sicilian language) is the highest volcano in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

The altitude of Etna reaches today about 3,330 m.a.s.l, its diameter is approximately 45 km and occupies an area of ​​1,570 square kilometers. The volcanic soil has unique characteristics in the world in that around the craters, lava flows are noticeable: black if they are recent, gray when instead they date back to more distant times. The incessant activity of the volcano is testified by the aforementioned flows, occasionally interrupted by some newly built road. A multitude of eruptions occurred in ancient times but it was in 1669 that the most devastating eruption took place. A river of lava reached the sea, partly devastating the city of Catania.

Eruptions in recent times

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