A place travelers can visit Mount Etna
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General description: Mount EtnaMount Etna is the symbol of Sicily. It towers over the eastern coast of the island and is the highest volcanic cone in Europe. A circuit of the volcano is 145 kilometers, and its height is constantly changing due to eruptions, and it is currently about 3320 meters above sea level.
Despite the fact that Etna is an active volcano, its slopes are densely populated, and to a height of 900 meters above sea level extend cultivated fields, orchards and vineyards. It is caused by a fertility of a volcanic soil. Above the fields, there grow forests, mainly oak, chestnut and beech. From about 2200 to 3000 meters above sea level, there are only alpine grasslands, as well as a vulcanological observatory. Above them, there is only a frozen lava.
The crater of the volcano constantly blows out steam and gases. Etna has also more than 270 side craters.
Since the fifth century, 80 large explosions of Mount Etna were recorded. The strongest one occurred in 1669, when it completely destroyed Catania. The last, very violent eruption of Mount Etna happened in January 2012.