The Western slope of Mount Etna

western slope

A Hidden Treasure

The wild Western slope of Mount Etna is a natural gem waiting to be discovered. 

Less urbanized than other areas of the volcano, this side offers an authentic and untamed spectacle, enchanting in its pristine beauty.

Western slope: unexplored landscapes

The ancient lava flows that appear as intricate cords, the broom forests enveloping age-old craters, and the freshwater springs emerging on the surface in numerous “favare” make this slope unique. 

These environments are virtually unexplored, known and appreciated only by the most adventurous trekking and mountain excursion enthusiasts.

Responsible tourism: a new opportunity

Only recently have authorities begun to consider the tourism potential of this area, previously closed to visitors for environmental protection reasons. 

However, this limitation may have contributed to preserving the natural beauty of the place, protecting it from the negative effects of mass tourism.

The future of mount Etna’s Western slope

It is now time to consider a more balanced approach to tourism on this side of Mount Etna. Controlled and targeted tourism could allow access to this hidden treasure without compromising its environmental integrity. 

This opening could not only offer new economic development opportunities for the region but also promote greater awareness and appreciation for the beauty and fragility of this unique environment.


The Western slope of Mount Etna represents an extraordinary opportunity for those who wish to immerse themselves in wild and authentic nature. 

With a responsible approach to tourism, we can preserve and enhance this precious natural heritage, ensuring that it remains a treasure for future generations to discover and appreciate.

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