I’ve just spent a week on the Eastern side of Sicily, half of that time around Taormina and half of it at the foot of the imposing Mount Etna. Unexpectedly, I preferred the country side and Mount Etna had a lot to do with this. It’s an impressive mountain that always looks like it’s looming over the island, ready to spew more lava – which it actually did while we were there (although it was a small event and we were nowhere near the eruption). In one of the days we actually hiked up to one of its craters (there are over 300 craters dotted around the mountain), which was the crater responsible for a huge eruption in 2002 which lasted just over three months. The photograph above is of Etna’s peak which seems to always put out smoke just to remind you who’s in charge.