Welcome di Rifugio Piano dei Grilli website
Here you can find information on the area of Piano dei Grilli and Piano delle Ginestre, the paths of the west side of Etna, the city of Bronte and the beauties of its territory, Nebrodi, Alcantara and Simeto.
Explore the site to discover routes and naturalistic and cultural information of this beautiful corner of Sicily.
The “Piano dei Grilli” Refuge (official base of the Parco dell’Etna n. 6) has been managed by the Etna E Dintorni association since May 2015. It is located in the homonymous plateau that rises above Bronte, declared a SIC site (Site of Community Importance) and SPA (Special Protection Zone), due to the remarkable naturalistic interest that can be found. The fauna includes species of scientific and conservation interest, especially raptors. Of some interest also the species of insects, which in Sicily are often located only on Etna. The flora is distinguished by the extensive coverage of both deciduous and evergreen forest formations, among which of particular interest is the suggestive broom wood of Etna, an endemic species. Surrounded by volcanic cones, caves, numerous anthropic traces (snowhouses, sheepfolds, shepherds’ shelters), “rope” pahoehoe lavas, Etna endemic broom and evergreen woods, Piano dei Grilli is the ideal place to visit Mount Etna, starting point for hiking that climb on the volcano.
HOW TO REACH US: Piano dei Grilli can be reached along a monumental basalt road that starts from Viale J. F. Kennedy di Bronte. Coord. GPS: 37 ° 44 ‘44,14 ° 52’ 15 (to be inserted arrived in Bronte).