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Who are the Volcanological Guides of Mount Etna?
 
 
The Society “Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord” is composed of professional volcano guides and ski instructors, licensed to conduct and accompany tourists in the active volcano areas. Raised and educated in respect and knowledge of the volcano, they descend from a generation of men who have made the mountain their life and – starting from the 50s – have laid the foundations for the establishment and development of tourism on the northern side of Mount Etna.

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Nikos Lo Giudice

Nikos Lo Giudice

Volcanological Guide

Nikos Lo Giudice, A great admirer of mountain sports and a lover of rock climbing, as a young man he spent his days ploughing the slopes of the volcano. Given his skills as a free-climber, he was constantly on the lookout for places suitable for this type of activity. His days were punctuated by constant training, both in summer and winter, necessary to tackle the cross-country skiing competitions that were flourishing at the time on the Linguaglossa slope. He took part in numerous regional and other championships, achieving excellent results. Experience and skill would soon lead him to acquire the qualification of cross-country ski instructor; today he practises his profession on the Poiana slope at Etna Nord. Not only skiing and climbing, Nikos also loves canyoning, a sport that is constantly developing in Sicily. His constant frequenting of inaccessible environments combined with his continuous training in nature has allowed him to establish a deep knowledge and strong bond with the territory. His passion for the fascinating mountain that raised him, his experience and his strong bond with the volcano have allowed him to obtain the title of Volcanological Guide; now Nikos leads tourists to discover Mt. Etna’s charms.

Vincenzo Greco

Vincenzo Greco

Volcanological Guide

Vincenzo Greco attended the Faculty of Geology at the University of Catania and spent his childhood in close contact with the volcano. The grandson of a mountain guide after whom he was named, his parents took him to Piano Provenzana a few months after his birth. Little Vincenzo spent his days playing in the woods and running among the bare tongues of lava. The curiosity born of constant frequentation of the natural environment allowed him to establish a special bond with the mountains, for him a true teacher of life. At the age of 4, he learnt what downhill skiing was; at 5, he visited the summit craters for the first time. At 8, he witnessed the great eruption of 2002 that destroyed Piano Provenzana. Fascinated and impressed by such power, he began to dedicate himself to studying the volcano and eruptive phenomena, while he continued his winter and summer ascents with Mt. Etna’s guides. His passion continues to grow and – firm on the values passed on to him – he decides to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who died when he was only 6 years old. At 18, he was entrusted with the task of cataloguing the scientific material of Salvatore Cucuzza, a well-known volcanologist at the University of Catania. Thus began his collaboration with INGV researchers. Thanks to his continuous research, he realised a project with the help of Dr. Stefano Branca which he presented at the Etna Park site, entitled: “The documentary and photographic archive of Salvatore Cucuzza”.  Also a sports enthusiast, Vincenzo falls in love with ski mountaineering, an ideal activity to practice on the volcano. He also devotes his time to rock climbing, running and trail running competitions. In 2016, he had the opportunity to take part in the course to become a guide and in February 2017 he managed to crown his dream, obtaining the title of Volcanological Guide, the youngest person to achieve this goal in the whole of Italy.

Domenico Domanti

Domenico Domanti

Volcanological Guide

Domenico Domanti, grandson of a mountain guide and son of a cross-country ski instructor, descends from a family that has made love for the mountains its bread and butter.  Educated, especially by his grandfather Domenico, in the culture and respect of the volcano, he grew up on skis from an early age. He discovered that he had winter sports skills, managing to achieve great satisfaction in many cross-country races. The young man’s love for the mountains is great: any excuse to climb and have fun. The many days spent at high altitude have allowed him to increase his bond with the volcano, so much so that he wanted to work in its area one day. It wasn’t easy, but Domenico didn’t lose hope and became passionate about snowboarding, managing to qualify as a snowboard instructor in March 2013. He currently practices his profession in the Piano Provenzana ski resort. But he is not satisfied, he wants more, so, thanks to the advice of his dear grandfather, the engine that fuels his passion, he manages to pass the tough tests to become a Volcano Guide, obtaining the most coveted title. Now Domenico transmits his passion all year round to anyone who wants to learn the secrets of our wonderful mountain that has raised him.

Daniele Maugeri

Daniele Maugeri

Volcanological Guide

Daniele Maugeri, class of ’84, was born and grew up on the slopes of Etna, where he immediately took his first steps. At the age of 3, on the shoulders of a historical Mt. Etna guide, he first stepped onto the rim of the central crater; at the same age he started skiing, beginning to experience Mt. Etna at 360 degrees, freely following its seasons and learning about it in all its nuances and multiple aspects. Always in search of new ways to get involved and get to know ‘a muntagna’ (the Sicilian name for ‘the mountain’), he started free climbing as a child and, at the age of 16, he gave up competitive skiing for good to devote himself full-time to ski mountaineering on Mt. Etna; With the passing of time, his immense passion for outdoor activities led him to broaden his horizons, moving to the Alps at the age of 23, where he continued to practice ski mountaineering (including Telemark), mountain biking (without disdaining the occasional bikepacking trip), long route climbing and also began practising classic mountaineering and ice climbing. In 2010, he began working as an alpine ski instructor in South Tyrol, where he obtained his diploma; he then moved to Madesimo (Lombardy) where he sometimes still practices. As a Volcano Guide, he now has the pleasure of passing on – thanks to his outdoor activities – his passion for Etna and volcanoes, making them discoverable in safety and sharing small great adventures while having fun.

Filippo Greco

Filippo Greco

Volcanological Guide - Volcanologist

Filippo Greco was born in 1969 in Linguaglossa, a small village on the NE slopes of Etna. Son of an Alpine Guide, he grew up with his father’s stories about the extraordinary beauty of Etna and the daily activities experienced at the top of one of the most active volcanoes in the world.The passion and love for the mountains and volcanoes is a family legacy in which he recognizes himself and which over the years guides and shapes his life.After getting his high school degree, he served in the Alpine Brigada Taurinense of the Italian Army. During his military service he was awarded, for commendable service, a written commendation and the title of Military Mountaineering Instructor. From that moment to the end of the service, he assumed responsibility for the rescue team during the Alpine marches in the mountains.After completing his military service, he obtained a degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Catania. After graduating, he began his training path leading him to become researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). As a researcher he deals with the study and monitoring of the main active Sicilian volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano).He teaches various university courses and masters in the fields of volcanology, geophysics and geo-hazards. He is a teacher of volcanology and volcano hazard assessment in the training course for volcanological guides.He has gained important experience and skills in teaching groups of national and international university students and/or researchers in a volcanic environment.

Paolo Aghemo - Poldo

Paolo Aghemo - Poldo

Mountain Guide

Paolo Aghemo, born on 19/09/1971, resident in the Aosta Valley in a small mid-mountain village: Fontainemore.
Inspired by the mountains from a young age by my father, I continued my path becoming Asp. Alpine Guide in 1996 and Alpine Guide in 1999, founder of the Guidemonterosa company in 1999 where I still carry on my activity mainly on Monterosa. Since 2012 I also started working on the Stromboli volcano, gaining a good knowledge of volcanoes. My work on Etna has continued since 2022, collaborating with the group of volcanological guides Etna Nord.

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