This book serves as a guide to discovering the most interesting volcano sites in Italy. Accompanied by some extraordinary contemporary images of active Neapolitan volcanoes, it explains the main volcanic processes that have been shaping the landscape of the Campania region and influencing human settlements in this area since Greek and Roman times and that have prompted leading international scientists to visit and study this natural volcanology laboratory. While volcanology is the central topic, the book also addresses other aspects related to the area's volcanism and is divided into three sections: 1) Neapolitan volcanic activity and processes (with a general introduction to volcanology and its development around Naples together with descriptions of the landscape and the main sites worth visiting); 2) Volcanoes and their interactions with local human settlements since the Bronze Age, recent population growth and the transformation of the territory; 3) The risks posed by Neapolitan Volcanoes, their recent activity and the problem of forecasting any future eruption.
Stefano Carlino is a researcher in volcanology at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Vesuviano in Naples. His scientific activities have focused on several fields of volcanology and geothermal research including geothermal exploration and exploitation of volcanic areas; the dynamics of resurgence calderas and the physical modelling of volcanic processes, the scientific drillings in active volcanic areas together with innovative techniques for borehole and marine monitoring of active volcanoes. He has visited volcanoes in Central America and the West Indies, the Philippines, Chile, Patagonia, the Cape Verde and Canary Islands. In addition to his research activities he is interested in scientific communication in the field of Earth Sciences.