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Guardians of Etna




Volunteering Type


Vegetarian Food

Nearest Airport

Aeroporto di Catania (CTA)

18 - 99

21/08/2024 - 31/08/2024


Renovation, Environmental, Educational



Nearest Bus/Train Station

The project

The activities at the camp will be closely coordinated with the team from Legambiente Circle and will be structured around three main areas:

Flora and Fauna Initiatives: This segment is dedicated to the observation, protection, and preservation of local species. Volunteers will engage in projects aimed at monitoring and conserving native flora and fauna, ensuring the health and diversity of the ecosystem.

Path Improvement and Ecological Corridors: The second part of the work involves enhancing existing trails and establishing ecological corridors. These efforts are designed to improve accessibility and connectivity between different habitats, facilitating the movement of wildlife and promoting biodiversity.

Fire Prevention Awareness: The final aspect of the volunteer work emphasizes the importance of fire safety. Through educational activities and community engagement, the aim is to increase awareness about fire prevention measures, reducing the risk of wildfires and protecting the natural and human environments.

This comprehensive approach not only aids in the conservation of the environment but also educates and involves the community and volunteers in meaningful conservation efforts.

Accommodation & food

A vibrant multicultural hub designed for global knowledge exchange, focusing on environmental education and forest-fire prevention. This versatile space offers adaptable accommodation options to suit various needs. It fosters collaboration with local providers for an authentic culinary experience, emphasizing sustainability and community engagement.

Location & leisure

Piano dell'Acqua: A Serene Getaway Near Ballo, Zafferana Etnea

Nestled about 700 meters above sea level and a stone's throw from Ballo, a charming hamlet of Zafferana Etnea, lies the tranquil flat area known as Piano dell'Acqua. Its name, which translates to Water Plane, is derived from several water emergence points located along the Valle di San Giacomo's slope. These springs provide water to the towns below, making this area a crucial water source.

Piano dell'Acqua serves as a crossroads for several hiking paths, including the 704 and 724 routes and the picturesque Sentiero delle Ginestre. From here, adventurers can embark on trail 742, leading to the summit of Monte Calanna. This peak offers an exceptional vantage point over the expansive Valle del Bove, providing hikers with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

For those looking to explore this serene destination, the nearest major airport is Catania-Fontanarossa CTA Airport, situated approximately 40 km from Zafferana Etnea. Reaching Piano dell'Acqua requires a two-bus journey: the first leg from the airport to the central station aboard the Alibus, which runs until 24:30 and stops at Piazza Giovanni XXIII, followed by the AST bus heading towards Zafferana Etnea, with the last departure at 20:30. This journey offers a blend of convenience and adventure for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and tranquility of Piano dell'Acqua.

Project host

Legambiente Circolo Etneo: Guardians of Europe's Tallest Active Volcano

Legambiente Circolo Etneo is a volunteer-driven association, united by shared goals to safeguard Europe's highest active volcano. Our mission is multi-faceted: we strive to defend and enhance the beauty of our territory, protect its natural and cultural heritage, and fight against all forms of pollution and disfigurement. We aim to promote sustainable tourism to bolster the economy of the municipalities around Etna and facilitate a more informed and safer engagement with the volcano.

Our vision is to preserve, for current and future generations, the landscape, biodiversity of flora and fauna, and the deep connection of local communities with their land. This is achieved through raising public awareness and the active involvement and support of everyone who stands with us.


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