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Monte Vulture, Potenza
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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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  • Active volcano until the late Pleistocene, isolated and outermost position towards the Apulian foreland, compared with coeval Tyrrhenian volcanic complexes, today its slopes are completely covered by a thick and luxuriant vegetation benefited from the natural soil fertility which develop from volcanic rocks. Immersed in the verdant scenery at a height of about 660 m, relaxing the two lakes of Monticchio, typical volcanic Lakes occupying the main crater of the volcano in existence during his final phase of activity. Extensive and valuable are the chestnut: light brown of Melfi D.O.P. is the protected name of the delicious chestnuts produced in these places. In the area of Mount Vulture extend beyond 1500 acres of Red vine Aglianico. Aglianico del Vulture is counted among the greatest red wines of Italy. There are about forty companies and produce, annually, about two and a half million bottles. On the slopes there are many mineral water bottling plants and several towns, including: Melfi, Rapolla, Rionero in Vulture, Barile and Atella.
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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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