Etna is the highest volcano of Europe and it is considered both a lovely and fearsome “mother” by the citizens of Catania. Its eruptions are in fact terrifying and spectacular at the same time.
Etna is definitely a must destination for your trip around Sicily.
Mount Etna, also known as Mongibello, is a sicilian stratovolcan on the east coast of Sicily, in Catania and covers an area of 1,265 km 2 . Etna is the tallest and most active volcano in Europe. In 2010 it was 3350 meters high (10990,81 ft) , though this varies because of the constant state of activity.
The origin of the name is still uncertain: probably the name “Etna” comes from the Greek αἴθω (aithō), meaning “ to burn” and the name “Mongibello” comes from the Latin mons and the Arabic جبل jebel, both meaning mountain.
Etna eruptions are constant, the longest eruption was in December 1991 and lasted 473 days.
There are many myths and legends about Etna concerning King Arthur’s Castle or the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
In Etna there is the possibility to take part to guided tours or play many sports such as ski, snowboard and climbing.
In Etna it’s easy to find many beautiful nature paths to discover the amazing ecosystem of the mountain. For example the path Acqua Rocca leads to the Bove Valley, the path Schiena dell’Asino leads across a pine forest from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Catania and the Ionian Sea. For a family trip the suggested path is Grotta del Gatto or Monte degli Zappini.
Besides these, there are many others like Monti Sartorius, Case di Pietracannone, Pineta della Cubania,Val Calanna. Lago Gurrida, Monte Fontane, Monti Rossi, Serra delle Concazze, Crateri Silvestri and so on.
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