Recent eruptions: since 2002, no dangerous eruptions occurred on Mount Etna. The volcanic activity caused only "quiet" lava flows on the Bove Valley and also a lot of spectacular paroxysms, with many episodes of lava fountaining from the new south-east crater (AKA pit-crater). Is possible to safely watch lava fountaining from the "Serracozzo trail" and from the "Schiena dell'Asino" trail.
2002: It has been named as "The perfect eruption", even our logo picture refers to this spectacular explosive eruption. The magma flowed from many craters both at north and south Mount Etna flanks. At the north side, Piano Provenzana was totally destroyed (the hotels has never been rebuilt); at the southern side, the cableway was destroyed as well as the "Torre del Filosofo" refuge, at 2900 meters above sea level. Once again, the Sapienza refuge was not destroyed from the eruption. You can look at some of those craters just at the cableway landing point, on the south side. It is also possible to see the lava flow walking in the "Monte Nero degli Zappini" nature trail
2001: The eruption went really close to Sapienza refuge, one of the craters appeared just 100 meters faraway from it. You can look at those craters walking from the Silvestri crater or from the cableway landing point (Mount Escrivà)
1991-1993: This long-lasting eruption seriously threatened the town of Zafferana Etnea. It completely destroyed the Bove valley and the Calanna valley orchards, it only stopped a few hundred meters faraway from the houses of Zafferana. You can walk on these (cold) lava flows going at Calanna valley trail or through the Carmelo e Riccardo trail, leading you at the very bottom of the valley. Besides, you can look at the desertified Bove valley walking on many trails leading you at the valley edge: "Schiena dell'Asino", "Acqua Rocca"," Monte Zoccolaro"", "Monte Fontane", "Serracozzo trail", "Serra delle Concazze"
1986-1987: This eruptions destroyed the north side of the Bove valley, you can walk over it going to the "Monte Fontane" nature trail
1983: This was the first eruptions that humans tryed to divert from its way, using both large stone walls and explosives. It is possible to look at the quarry used for the big stones walking on the "Monte Nero degli Zappini" nature trail
1971: Is the Serracozzo cave eruption. The magma flowed from many craters, destroying the Mount Etna Observatory at 2600 meters above sea level. One of the craters left us the wonderful Serracozzo cave, you can visit it following our description
1928: This was the last eruption that destroyed a whole town (Mascali). It is possible to observe the highest section of the flow walking through the "Serra delle Concazze" trail
1892: The eruption of the "Crateri Silvestri". It left us those two enormous craters, easy to reach by car and bus as they are really close to Sapienza refuge.
1865: The Sartorius Mounts eruptions, left us those nice craters without seriously damaging people or houses. Is possible to walk on those craters going at the Sartorius mounts nature trail
1669: The most destructive eruption in historical times. The magma flowed from many craters, even at just 1000 meters above sea level: the "Monti Rossi", at Nicolosi. Such an eruption today would destroy thousands of houses and probably kill many people. The magma reached and damaged Catania, turning around the city walls and the Ursino castle. At that time, the castle was shore, but the magma filled the sea creating a lot of new land. Now, the castle is placed at the city center. You can walk among the Monti Rossi on their easy nature trail at Nicolosi
Here we reported just a few Mount Etna eruption, linking them to the nature trail you can walk on the see the cold lava flows or the craters. For further information, visit Wikipedia