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Monte Vulture, Potenza

Categories: Volcanos, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Mount Vulture is an extinct volcano located 56km north of the city Potenza in the Basilicata region . As a prominent landmark it gave its name to the Vulture region, the most significant viticultural zone in Basilicata growing the DOC wine Aglianico del Vulture.With a height of 1326m, it is unique amongst large Italian volcanoes due to its location east of the Apennine mountain range. At the summit is a caldera, known as Valle dei Grigi, whose precise origins are disputed.Volcanic historyThe earliest eruptions of the volcano occurred around one million years ago, explosive activity producing ignimbrite. The explosive eruption phase finished around 830,000 years before present, when the nature of the activity changed to a mix of pyroclastic and effusive, lava eruptions which built up the mountain and which have been dated to around 500,000 years ago. One of the explanations advanced for the Valle dei Grigi is that it is the result of the collapse of a sector of the mountain, as occurred during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the 1792 eruption of Mount Unzen.The most recent phase involved further lava flows and the growth of lava domes in the Valle dei Grigi, including the formation of two calderas. The most recent activity is thought to have been phreatomagmatic explosions around 40 ka ago which produced maars and small cold surges.
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  • A wonderful walk on Mount vulture, we were immersed in greenery is appropriate to say to breathe pure air at about 1000 meters high.
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  • The area of Mount Vulture is rich in places of interest, both natural and historical heritage. Definitely worth visiting the oasis of Monticchio Lakes, with large and small lakes and the Abbey of San Michele. Also very beautiful Rag, Melfi and Venosa. The whole thing then accompanied by the excellent Aglianico del Vulture ...
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  • Truly gorgeous the natural environment surrounding the ancient volcano: Woods where light barely manages to penetrate, the two beautiful gems of Monticchio Lakes with their blue surrounded by lots of green and white top, massive construction of the Abbey. An exceptional panorama that deserves excellence, although would be better preserved by assault and enhanced tourism in its original purity.
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