Viewpoint: Mount Etna

At well over 3,000 metres tall, despite its southerly location, and subcutaneous magma, Mount Etna is perfectly capable of holding a little snow

Last month, in our Winter in Italy issue, just after our features on Cervinia and Alta Badia, we showed you a Viewpoint of Urbino in the snow, pointing out that some skiers went to the Apennines rather than the Alps or the Dolomites for their sport. Well, that isn’t the end of it.

If you were really following the weather forecasts, and you weren’t averse to a little risk, in terms of whether or not there will be snow, or an eruption, you could try Mount Etna. Yes, the volcano, in Sicily. There are two resorts here: the busier Rifugio Sapienza and the prettier Piano Provenzana. See for conditions and forecasts.