My father's family migrated to America from Italy in the early 1900's. Specifically, they came from the town of Castiglione in Sicilia. I have seen some incredible photos of the volcano that happens to be the next door neighbor to Castiglione , but with today's mapping tools it is pretty compelling to see how close Mt Aetna truly is. Check out this photo ... notice the dark green spot to the southwest o the green arrow? That is Mt Aetna. The green arrow is Castiglione.
Here is a closer view of the town and Mt Aetna. Now that is a house with a view!