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Campi Flegrei, Naples

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A large volcanic area just west of Naples, Campi Flegrei include 24 craters and volcanic edifices. According to Greek mythology, this multi-crater caldera once provided a home for Hephaestus, the god of fire. Though currently dormant, the "supervolcano" probably holds enough eruptive power to devastate not only the surrounding area, but also most of the planet. For the moment, though, the massive volcano shows no sign of imminent eruption and remains part of a protected regional park. Visit this potentially deadly threat at Europe's doorstep to observe evidence of volcanic activity occurring deep below the surface, including effusive gas manifestations and small tremors. Plan your Campi Flegrei visit and explore what else you can see and do in Naples using our Naples travel itinerary maker.
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  • I found our visit to Solfatara and the Campi Flegrei to be very interesting. The gritty soil from the volcanic activity, the vents streaming pungent sulphurous gas and heat, the mud holes--all pretty ...  more »
  • The Solfatara is a small crater in operation, with a few scattered fumaroles. It is interesting only if you have never seen this type of event elsewhere. However this will delight your children: smells of rotten, fumaroles, seething eggs and a whitish Earth resembling a salt desert. the entry is in my view too expensive (8 euros) and in the adjacent campsite parking costs 3 euros. When the town of Pozzuoli, you can pass your turn without regrets.
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  • You will find all sorts of very different activities from each other: the volcano of Solfatara, the Amphitheater of Pozzuoli, Baia Castle,... We stayed at Pozzuoli to these activities. We were delighted.
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