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e-borghi travel 1, Mountain and villages: Etna, a mythical mountain

The Etna, “the mountain”«a muntagna» in the Sicilian dialect is the place where nature and myths inextricably come together for the people of Catania and its surrounding area. According to the Ancient Greek people, Eeolus, the God of winds had been confined in its caves while Efesto had chosen the volcano for his forges. Even in a more recent time there are many beliefs that connect these places full of mysticism to miracles. The votive chapels and altars remind of that, they are spread along the volcano’s slopes, mainly the “tre altarelli” built in the village of Nicolosi exactly on the spot where the lava stopped its running in 1.776 or the sanctuary of Moncalieri that was built exactly where the simulacrum of Madonna delle Grazie had been erected by the Virgin Mary according to tradition. It is 3.350 metres high and it is fifty kilometres long, Etna dominates the whole Sicily and its unique shape of a cone rises straight up out of the Continent, from Sicily to Carriddi or the Strait of Messina.

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