Solfatara Volcano

Born about 4000 years ago and situated almost in the middle of the Phlegraean Fields, the Solfatara (whose name comes from the late Latin Sulpha Terra – land of sulphur) is a volcano more recent than the ones of Agnano and Astroni. Its fumarolic manifestations, the cyclic deformation of the soil and the seismic shakes are the suggestive aspect of its active volcanism. (ulixes.it)
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@ 2005-06-28 15:08:15
The west part of the crater is a camping (under the trees). So the place must be safe (??!!??)
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@ 2005-06-30 12:33:43
I used to live in Pozzuoli just to the west. It is safe out in the crater. There are tours out into the crater where there are large holes in the floor with bubbling sulfurous mud. The heat coming up is so hot that paper held out over the vats ignite.

One disturbing thing the guides do is drop a big bolder from shoulder height. The vibrations in the ground make you want to run for "solid ground."

The whole area smells stongly of sulfur at many times of the year. Funny, growing up with the smell of sulfur makes the smell evoke very positive emotions.