What Are the Top 10 Facts on Mount Etna?

Mount Etna is the tallest mountain in Italy south of the Alps and it is one of the world's most active volcanoes; its most violent eruption occurred in 1669. Approximately 70 people have died as a result of Mount Etna erupting. It is a volcano that holds the longest record of eruptions. Covering 460 square miles, Mount Etna is usually covered by snow. Etna is believed to be the workshop of Vulcan and lava on the mountain is around 300,000 years old.

This volcano is located on the east coast of Italy. It is along the shores of Sicily and is considered to be in a Mediterranean location. The lava that is present as a result of the volcano makes the soil extremely nutrient rich and makes farming an easier task in the area. While the most major eruption of Etna occurred in 1669 and wiped out an entire village, the majority of its major eruptions have occurred since the beginning of the 20th century. The lava that is on the side of the mountain is extremely old and resembles the terrain of Mars. For this reason, space robots have been tested on the side of the volcano.

Despite its violent eruptions, Etna is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Sicilian coast of Italy; people enjoy hiking, skiing and sightseeing on the hills that make up the outer mountains of Mount Etna.