The Italian volcanoes have played a pivotal part in the development of human interpretation of volcanic behaviour from the myths of the Greeks and Romans through to modern volcanology pioneered in Italy by Alfred Rittmann. This book is designed as a practical guide to what the authors identify as the four key volcanic districts: Somma Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, the Aeolian Islands and Etna. The authors have over 30 years’ experience each on Italian volcanoes and are well placed to write this book.

The first chapter provides a brief overview of the Quaternary volcanoes of Italy discussing their tectonic association and...

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