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Etna and surroundings

Mount Etna (Αἴτνη (Aetnē) in Classical Greek, Aetna in Latin, also known as Muncibeddu (beautiful mountain) in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian (from the Latin mons and the Arabic gibel, both meaning mountain) is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Its Arabic name was Ǧabal an-Nār (“the Mountain of Fire”). According to Adrian Rooms book Placenames of the World, the name Etna is said to have originated from a Phoenician word attuna meaning furnace. He dismisses the theory that Etna is from a Greek source meaning “I burn”. It is the largest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the whole of the European region. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations

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 La Giara
Bed and Breakfast Viale della Regione, 12
Nicolosi tel. 095 7919022
cell. 347 9025049




Perla
Dell’Etna



Bed and Breakfast
Via Roma, 210 Zafferana
Etnea tel. 330 693057



La Vecchia Quercia
Bed and Breakfast Via Archimede, 2 Pedara tel. 095 919863
cell. 349 4933658




Villa Dagala  

Bed and Breakfast
Via D. Galimberti, 152
Santa Venerina
cell. 340 4995876





La Rena
Rossa



Bed and Breakfast

Via Luigi Capuana, 6/A
Nicolosi
cell. 333 2196198
cell. 340 3397490





Casa
Del Ponte



Casa
Vacanze

Via Roma, 415 Zafferana Etnea

Tel. +390957082762
Cell. +393296149499





La Ginestra dell’Etna



Bed and Breakfast
Via Delle Ginestre,
27/D
Zafferana Etnea
tel. 095 7081302
cell. 340 1837748