Under the Volcan (2015)

by: Daniele Cini and Claudia Pampinella
Directed by: Daniele Cini
Cinematography: Maurizio Felli
Editing: Maria Cristina Marra
Executive Producer: Claudia Pampinella
Runtime: 26’27”
November 17th, 2016 broadcast on Rai3 Geo


Catania and the twenty villages in the Etna National Park have something in common: the lava stone with which they were built, which characterises their landscapes, colours and climate. To put it simply, they live literally under the threat of the largest active volcano in the Mediterranean, Etna, which destroyed Catania back in the late 1600s. Etna remains a marvelous feature of the Sicilian landscape, above all, an extremely varied national park with all the shades of autumn on view. We climb the slopes of the crater along Etna’s extraordinary nature trails, seeking out the traditional trades that still exist here, the basket-weavers, embroiderers, blacksmiths and pastry chefs of yore. A full immersion in a natural setting and an array of traditions that still thrive here.