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Monte Etna, Catania

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Europe's tallest active volcano, Monte Etna is a World Heritage site surrounded by a sprawling national park. The volcano is in an almost constant state of activity. It produces fertile volcanic soils that support the vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad surrounding plain. The national park encircling the volcano encompasses nearly 590 sq km (193 sq mi) and includes more than 20 towns. The park features snowy mountaintops, dense woods, and vast deserts of black lava. Due to the volcano's frequent and often dangerous activity, which is monitored by at least 100 seismic stations, this area is occasionally off-limits to tourists. Be sure to check for any current advisories before you make the trip. Plan your visit to Monte Etna and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Catania trip builder.
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  • Great experience up to 3000 metres a bit expensive but worth it when I had the chance I would have regretted it
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  • Wherever you go in Sicily - as you face east you are in the lea of this active volcano, which has swallowed thousands of lives in its time, but in its area of previous devastating lava flows and explo...  more »
  • Etna is an active volcano on the East coast of Sicily, between the provinces of Messina and Catania. It has around 3,322 meters in height. The volcano is active with greater height of Europe the Etna erupting almost constantly. Although sometimes it can be very destructive, it is not referred to as a particularly dangerous volcano, and thousands of people live in the surrounding area and even in their skirts. The fertility of the volcanic soil makes extending the extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards, along the slopes of the mountain. In June 2013 Etna was declared patrimony of humanity by resolution of the Committee of UNESCO
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