Mount Etna is an active strato volcano on the east coast of
Sicily close to Taormina. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe
at 3,329 metres high although this varies with each summit eruption
The mountain is 21 metres higher than it
was in 1981.The base of Etna covers an area of 140 kilometers in circumference.
It is also the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps.
This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes
in Italy at two and a half times the height of the next
largest Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it
in the whole of the European-North African region.
In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god
of the sky and the ovens of Hephaestus were said to be also located underneath it.
Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost
constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture
with famous family vineyards, orchards and many small towns spread across the lower slopes
of the mountain benefiting from her magic