Valle del Bove

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Etna-Valle del Bove
Etna – Valle del Bove

The “Valle del Bove” (Ox Valley) is a huge natural amphitheater that covers almost the entire eastern side of the volcano. This vast, horseshoe-shaped depression, looks likes a caldera, but the formation process is different stretching approximately 5 kilometers wide, serves as a testament to the raw power and beauty of nature’s forces. The Valle del Bove, or ‘Valley of the Ox,’ offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to explore a landscape that is as majestic as it is unique, providing insights into the geological history and volcanic activity of Mount Etna.

The valley’s steep walls, covered in ancient lava flows and dotted with rugged outcrops, tell a story of eruptions and natural transformations spanning thousands of years. As you traverse this extraordinary terrain, the surrounding scenery offers panoramic views that are nothing short of awe-inspiring, including the contrasting lush greenery against the stark, volcanic landscape.

Moreover, the Valle del Bove is not just a feast for the eyes; it plays a crucial role in the ecosystem and volcanic activity of Mount Etna. Acting as a natural basin, it channels lava flows away from populated areas during eruptions, thus shaping the interactions between the volcano and the communities that reside on its slopes.

This unique feature makes the Valle del Bove an essential subject of study for volcanologists and geologists from around the world, adding to its allure as a destination for educational and scientific exploration (still evolving daily).

Read more here or from the INGV.

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