Last night mother Etna shook her inhabitants from their sleep with constant roars and this morning lots of houses and streets are all black. It is not the first time that in Catania and the neighbouring villages, people have woken up covered by a layer of ash. For a couple of hours high incandescent lava fountains followed one another, creating fire games in the sky visible even from hundreds of metres from the inhabited centres.

In addition to the ash, lapilli and pyroclastic material fell which arrived not only in Catania, but as far as Syracuse. People have been working on cleaning up their houses by sweeping the ash off from balconies, terraces, and roofs.

Unfortunately, the costs are high too: damage to vehicles, roofs of houses, extraordinary cleaning of the streets, spoiled crops and the closing of Fontanarossa airport in Catania.

So yesterday for the umpteenth time Mount Etna demonstrated how fascinating an active volcano can be.

Etna is a tourist destination, because it is one of the volcanic parks that can be visited and accessible with tourist guides, also you can practice winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering and cycling.

In addition, you can take advantage of a chairlift and cabin lift to reach the slopes, from where you can admire a wonderful panorama of the east coast of Sicily.

It was also included as a destination of the Tour of Italy last year and for some years Mount Etna has even been regarded as an Italian Unesco Heritage Site.

Although Sicilian citizens sometimes fear the volcano, they know “She” represents a natural resource, that is unique all over the world.

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