The highest active volcano in Europe dominates one of Sicily’s most important agricultural hubs. Its slopes are the fulcrum of the wine-growing activities of the province of Catania, thanks to an extremely fertile soil and a rich and bio-diverse vegetation.
Europe’s highest active volcano in Europe overlooks the plain of Catania and all the districts on its slopes from a height of 3,300 meters, extending over a massive 482 km2. Vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards cover an expanse of lava soil that extends to the city of Catania and its plain. A world of colours and scents that characterizes the landscape of eastern Sicily, a place where citrus fruits – in particular oranges – have found their ideal habitat. The plain of Catania also includes the provinces of Enna and Siracusa and is surrounded by mountains and hills: The imposing mass of the volcano dominates it from above and, thanks to the products of volcanic activity, makes this land rich and fertile – the slopes of Mount Etna are farmed up to an altitude of 1,000 meters a.s.l.