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the volcanic islands

Ischia, the largest island in the Gulf of Naples, belongs to the group of islands flegree (Ischia, Procida, and Vivara Nisida) designated as belonging to a common geological area of Campi Flegrei. The island is less than 30 kilometers from Naples and has a coastline of 34 km. With about 60 000 inhabitants (Istat 2007) is the third most populous island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. Ischia's climate is typically Mediterranean, made even more lenient characterized by the particular shape of the island from the heights of Mount Epomeo central: in winter the lowest average temperature is 9° C, with January the coldest month, while the highest average temperature occurs in August with 30 degrees.

Like all the other islands flegree Ischia volcanic in origin: it is formed as a result of various eruptions occurred in the distant past. Also its highest peak, Mount Epomeo (787 m) is of volcanic origin, but unlike what was believed until the early twentieth century is not a volcano, but the consequence of a lifting motion of volcanic rock 30,000 years ago. Although the eruptions and tectonic movements that gave rise to the island date back thousands of years ago, do not forget that even in recent times Ischia has been affected by eruptions and earthquakes, as the series of lava flows occurred around the thirteenth century in the town Arso and cream. Today, this activity is evident by the presence of numerous hot springs on the island. Do not miss the hot springs of Negombo and the Bay of Sogerto.