The most active volcano in Europe is located in Sicily, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its name is Mount Etna and is the highest and most active volcano in Europe.
Etna lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Towering above the city of Catania on the island of Sicily, it has been growing for about 500,000 years and is in the midst of a series of eruptions that began in 2001. It has experienced a variety of eruption styles, including violent explosions and voluminous lava flows. More than 25% of Sicily’s population lives on Etna’s slopes, and it is the main source of income for the island, both from agriculture (due to its rich volcanic soil) and tourism.
Etna’s most powerful recorded eruption was in 1669, when explosions destroyed part of the summit and lava flows from a fissure on the volcano’s flank reached the sea and the town of Catania, more than ten miles away.
In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Source: geology.com, whc.unesco.org