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.
An active volcano, Etna's crater really is something to see.© Juergen Schonnop / 123 RF
These photos explain the fascination volcanoes have been awakening in people since the dawn of time, fuelling the many legends that exist about Etna© equilibriuman / 123 RF
Etna is an active volcano, meaning that there is a constant stream of white or grey smoke escaping from its vents© Ernst Wrba / age fotostock
We know that a volcano's appearance changes according to its eruptions; Etna currently has 4 active craters at its summit© Bilderundvektor / 123 RF
This photo shows the majesty of Etna, standing guard over the surrounding region© equilibriuman / 123 RF