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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mount Etna . . . ITALY

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in Europe and is Sicily’s best-known natural attraction. It is also the highest mountain on the island currently measuring 3,350m (10,990ft); the height varies each time the volcano erupts. Its mythical importance dates back to the Ancient Greeks who believed it was here that Cyclops helped forge lightning bolts for Zeus, deep within the volcano’s core. Mount Etna is situated within the Etna Regional Park (Parco Regionale dell’Etna), Sicily’s first national park that was established in 1987. The park offers skiing opportunities in the winter and some great hiking trails with mountain refuges during the summer. The park is popular with volcanologists all year round and drew particular attention in 2001, the year of the volcano’s last major eruption. The fertile volcanic terrain supports an array of flora and fauna including vineyards and magnificent forests.
Air: Catania Airport (Fontanarossa Airport) and Palermo Airport. Rail: Services from Catania to Riposto. Road: Bus: Public services from Catania.

Contact Addresses

Etna Regional Park, Via Etnea 107, Nicolosi, Sicily
Tel: (095) 914 588