Excursions : Phelegrean Fields
Just to the west of Naples is a large complex of craters and fumaroles known as the Campi Phlegrei or Phlegrean Fields. In 1538 a new volcanic cinder cone had arisen in the area pratically overnight, and although Monte Nuovo, as it was called, that never erupted again.
The area comprises 24 craters and volcanic edifices some of which present hydrothermal activity at Lucrino, Agnano and the town of Pozzuoli and effusive gaseous manifestations like the solfatara crater, mythological home of the roman god of fire, Vulcan. The area also features bradyseismic phenomena, which are most evident at the temple Serapis in Pozzuoli.