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Villaggio Monte Busca, Italy

Monte Busca Volcano

This natural gas vent certainly earns its name as the smallest volcano in Italy. 

A thundering mountain of flame and ash this is not.

The Monte Busca Volcano is so named more as an inside joke among locals than an accurate geological description. This small mound of rocks would be an ominous mountain only to an insect but does have a constant jet of flames issuing from its apex. The flame is the result of a natural gas vent that combusts when the gas reacts with the surface oxygen. While the flame is mainly an oddity for tourists, the Monte Busca Volcano’s fire was used in WWII, for minor cooking and production. 

 

Know Before You Go

From Portico, at km 7+700 near Inferno, along the road no. 22 leading to Tredozio.