The Etna- The Mount of the mountains
The giant of the volcanoes is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Europe; it is also one of the largest volcanoes in the world.
The highest and largest volcano of Europe covers an area of approximately 1,400 sq. m and is at alternating volcanic activity about 3,400 m high.
Since many years the mount of the mountains has frightened and worried its citizens. Again and again, the mountain has endangered the environment with eruptions: earthquakes collapsed houses, ash clouds brought night and lava devastated the landscape. The Etna is never sleeping. According to the ancient legends, terrible gods brought the evil to the country.
The most devastating eruption in history was in the 17th century, as parts of the city of Catania were completely destroyed. The rebuilding of the city helped her to get her today’s beautiful baroque palaces and churches of dark lava.
Etna, between curse and blessing: Destruction and fertility determine the volcano Etna. The mineral-rich territory, in contrast to the other very dry and arid areas of Sicily, is extremely fertile. So for instance, the vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna are considered the best of the whole island.
More and more climbers discover the huge smoking mountain as a sports and leisure destination.
Whether summer or winter, whether cycling, hiking, skiing or cross country skiing, the mountain offers a spectacular ocean view over the azure sea and suggests all sports enthusiasts a rich variety for outdoor activities.