Phlegraean Fields, Sorrento/Bay of Naples
This area west of Naples provides a full day of exciting geographical opportunities away from the hustle and bustle. Begin in Pozzouli by considering the Temple of Serapide on the main square. Its broken columns slowly rise and fall over time due to the areas tectonic uplift, with water marks as evidence. The old town also provides further evidence of the tectonic action the area has seen. Next up is Solfatara, which never disappoints, as this crater formed by the Eurasian Plate and the Pacific Plate colliding provides much activity to witness including bubbling mud pools, rocks of crystallised yellow due to the sulphurous fumes rising out of the earth filling the air. You'll then make the short journey to climb Monte Nuovo, a cinder cone volcanic created in a single week in 1538 following several damaging earthquakes. Finally, walk down to see Lake Avernus , a volcanic crater lake located in the Avernus crater which comprises part of the wider Campanian volcanic arc. We recommend a guide to accompany you on this day.
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