Mt. Etna has a unique relationship with Sicily, particularly with its surrounding towns. In 1669, Mt. Etna erupted, killing tens of thousands of inhabitants in Catania and other nearby towns. In the aftermath of this catastrophe, Catania rebuilt itself using the dark, volcanic rock from Etna’s eruption (giving much of Etna’s old center is dark color). Today, Mt. Etna serves as a popular ski location and sees visitors from all across Europe late into the spring. Riding a gondola partway up, I could not help but feel that there is something sad about the taming of this great natural landmark. Still, the sight of pure-white snow next to the absolute black of volcanic rock towering above the green hills and blue Mediterranean add a final layer of contrast in this great island. Who could imagine that we would end our incredible journey with spring break snowball fight?