Students from Court Fields Community School, Wellington, have just returned from a GCSE Geography field trip to the Mediterranean island of Sicily. Activities included guided ascents of the north and south flanks of Mount Etna (Europe’s highest and most active volcano), visits to the Alcantara river gorge, the island of Vulcano and the tourist honeypot of Taormina. The undisputed highlight, however, occurred on day 2 of the trip when the students experienced (from the safe distance of the Greek theatre in Taormina!) a spectacular eruption of Mount Etna sending clouds of ash 2 km into the sky and thunderous booms which could be heard more than 10km away. At night the glowing red lava flows could also be observed.