Etna means "furnace" or "chimney", from/through Phonecian/Greek - see the wiki link below. Aetna Insurance, by the way, is the direct descendant of Aetna (Fire) Insurance Company, which was named after the volcano.
Reminded me of this:
More on Etna here (free on Amazon Instant video) and here (wiki).Various accounts of Empedocle's death are given in ancient sources. His enemies said that his desire to be thought a god led him to throw himself into the crater of Mount Etna so that he might vanish from the world completely and thus lead men to believe he had achieved apotheosis. Unfortunately the volcano defeated his design by throwing out one of the philosopher's sandals.~ Empedocles
Here's a decent shortish documentary on Etna:
And video of Etna blowing smoke rings:
via Breitbart. More at CSM. There are several youtube videos of eruptions that look pretty spectacular to me, but were smaller than the current one.