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Etna is the highest volcano in continental Europe, though its altitude, which is somewhere around 3,340m, varies according to its eruptions

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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Etna

Mount Etna is undoubtedly the most striking feature of the Sicilian landscape. Rising up to 3,350m, it is the highest active volcano in Europe. From Catania, continue to the Rifugion Sapienza, where you can start the climb up the volcano to the Philosopher's Tower (2,920m). The walk will probably take you just over five hours in total, as the path is uneven in places. But those who make it to the top will be rewarded with stunning sea views, well worth the tough climb.


Etna , The Etna crater , Italy
The Etna crater

An active volcano, Etna's crater really is something to see.

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Etna , The Etna crater , Italy
The Etna crater

These photos explain the fascination volcanoes have been awakening in people since the dawn of time, fuelling the many legends that exist about Etna

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Etna , Italy

Etna is an active volcano, meaning that there is a constant stream of white or grey smoke escaping from its vents

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Etna , Italy

We know that a volcano's appearance changes according to its eruptions; Etna currently has 4 active craters at its summit

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Etna , Italy

This photo shows the majesty of Etna, standing guard over the surrounding region

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