WATCH: A fiery eruption from Mount Etna as recorded by Turi Caggegi on May 21, 2016.

Europe's highest active volcano, Mount Etna, put on a colorful show Saturday when it erupted on the island of Sicily. The pyrotechnics were recorded by journalist Turi Caggegi.

The eruption spewed forth from the Voragine Crater. In the video above, lava fountains and roiling smoke contrast against freshly fallen snow on the peak. (See more photos of Mount Etna.) 

One of the world's more active volcanoes, Etna has an elevation around 10,922 feet (3,329 meters), which actually varies based on daily eruptions. 

Etna is the largest active volcano in Italy and the country's highest point south of the Alps. It stands at the convergence of the African and Eurasian plates, and their movement results in the melting of rock and subsequent eruptions. 

The mountain had an important role in Classical mythology. It was thought to host the forges of the god Hephaestus/Vulcan. The monster Typhon was also said to be trapped under the mountain by the sky god Zeus/Jupiter. 

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