Italy Volcano Facts

Mount Etna in Sicily Italy
Mount Etna Eruption
Most people have heard of the famous Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius which erupted in 79 A.D. burying the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing over one thousand people. However, you might not be aware that Italy has 3 active volcanoes including the only active one on mainland Europe; and numerous other volcanoes that have erupted in historic times. No discussion of Italian Geography would be complete without information on volcanoes. On this page we list the volcanoes found in Italy along with interesting facts about the main ones. This information includes where they are located, when they last erupted, and how dangerous they are. This information is written for both kids and adults.

Italy's 3 Active Volcanoes

Mount Etna


Mount Vesuvius

Italy's Dormant Volcanoes

Italy has several volcanoes that are classified as dormant but have erupted within the last few hundred years. They are listed below. The most dangerous of these is considered to be Campi Flegrei, near Naples. Many scientists are concerned that this massive volcano could erupt soon and, due to the dense population of where it is located, put thousands of people's lives in jeopardy.