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Craters Excursion of 2002 - Piano Provenzana - Etna Nord

Bottoniera of 2002, fractures and eruptions of Etna in 1911 and 1923.


The night between 26 and 27 October begins a strong seismic crisis on the north and south sides. On the northern side of Piano Provenzana in a few hours starting from an altitude of 2650, a particular eruptive activity begins to form, called a bottoniera. The lava came out of the eruptive fracture and in a few hours destroyed two buildings used for restaurants and hotels.

The 2002 eruption was one of the most impressive and devastating in recent years.

The start of the trek is along the dirt road that from Piano Provenzana leads to the summit craters of the volcano, after the first kilometer you cross the eruptive fracture of the eruption of 27 October 2002 on the path of “Monte Nero - Timpa Rossa ”, the route allows you to discover and study the multiple volcanic morphologies relating to the eruptions that have taken place on the north side of Etna. A few tens of meters you can also visit the flank eruptions of 10 September 1911 and 17 June 1923 that threatened the town of Linguaglossa.

Rifugio di Timpa Rossa

You can also reach the marvelous and suggestive Timpa Rossa Refuge, immersed in a fantastic birch forest. Picnic break and for the more trained you can reach the Grotta dei Lamponi.

After visiting the particular volcanic morpho-structures called Hornitos from the Spanish "Small oven", you will go up along the pyroclastic cones of the 2002 eruption until reaching the maximum altitude of 2100 meters on the edge of the craters, and then descending into a sandy channel to the starting point in Piano Provenzana


Duration: 5/6
€ 30 for person

Tipologia di Trekking

  • Meeting point: with the Alpine or Volcanological Guide at the Ticket Office of Piano Provenza
  • Meeting time: Meeting at 10:00, departure at 10:30.
  • Treeking: About 3 hours.
  • Visit Craters: Tour and visit of the craters in 2002.
  • Arrival: Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa) (1800 mt).
  • Difference in height: 200 D +
  • Difference in descent: 200 D-.
  • Return time: Approximately 13:00
  • Difficulty: For families with children - Easy
  • Certified volcanological or Alpine guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Helmet
  • Funicular and 4x4 jeep (50 € per person)
  • Food and drink
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker
  • Backpack

Compulsory equipment:

  • Trekking shoes (possibility of rent)
  • Windbreaker or down jacket (possible to rent)
  • Water - minimum 1,5 L

Recommended equipment:

  • Snak - Packed lunch
  • trekking poles
  • K-way (waterproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen / cocoa butter
  • Spare shirt


  • The excursion may undergo changes at the discretion of the Guides or be interrupted should the environmental, atmospheric or volcanic conditions change, such as to compromise the safety of the entire group.
  • The excursion will take place within the limits set by the ordinances in force.
  • Also suitable for children over 7 years of age.
  • This itinerary, in relation to the type and altitude, is suitable for people in a good state physical health, which is not suffer from particular pathologies ( cardio-vascular, respiratory or hypertension ).

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