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A Sneak-Peek of the Active Volcanoes in Italy

Prerana Jamdarkhana Jul 31, 2019
We all remember Italy for Rome, culture, cuisine, fashion, but never for Volcanoes, let alone the active ones. The only European country to have active volcanoes, Italy has three major volcanic sites and many dormant ones.

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Mount Etna, Sicily

Etna is the largest and tallest active volcano in Europe.

  • Etna is chosen as Decade Volcano by United Nations.
  • Although a major eruption occurred in 1928, it is always in state of activity.
  • In June 2013, Mount Etna became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A quirky hike to this unique volcano is popular, as people wish to visit the crater at the top.

Stromboli, Aeolian Islands


  • 926m above sea level and 2,700m feet above the sea floor, Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes of the world.
  • Three active craters exist on the top of the mountain that have slight activity.
  • Mild eruptions of volcanic bombs occurring at intervals, ranging from a few minutes to hours is called as Strombolian eruption.
  • A large horseshoe-shaped depression has been formed by collapses occurring since ages on the island.
  • Stromboli is known as “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean” as one can see the eruptions from a safe distance.

Mount Vesuvius, Naples

Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano on the bay of Naples, Campania region, is widely popular and gravely dangerous.
Vesuvius is known to have buried the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD.

Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia

A group of submarine volcanoes include Graham Island and Empedocles.
  • Mild seismic activity has been observed over years.
  • The vent titled Pinne was last erupted here in 1867.
  • Hiking tours to the volcanic mountains are popular among the locals and tourists alike.

Pantelleria, Sicily

Pantelleria, an island above a drowned continental in Strait of Sicily, has been the focus of tectonic activity.

A walk on this island reveals the hidden beauty of this tucked-away paradise.

Lipari, Aeolian Islands

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. On your visit you can check out the world-wide popular Pumice rock and Obsidian glass.

Monte Albano, Giulia

A beautiful place to hike and popular for mountain climbing, the only confirmed historical activity of Monte Albano is a submarine eruption in 1891 from a vent.

Vulcano, Aeolian Islands

Derived from Vulcan, The Roman God of Fire is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Do not miss out the island’s famous mud-bath and do hike at the Gran Cratere.