Vulcano is an island located about 25 kilometres south of Sicily and is one of the Aeolian Islands. The Roman name Vulcano, over the years changed to Volcano, which makes this little Stratovolcano (its highest cone is only 501 metres high) the godfather of all the other volcanoes around the world. On the island there are several craters stretching from south to north. In the south is the highest cone called Monte Aria, and two other cones. In the middle of the island is the Gran Cratere at the top of the Fossa cone, which caused the most recent eruption from 1888 to 1890. At the north of the island is Vulcanello, which is 123 metres high. It emerged from the sea during an eruption in 183 BC, and was active until 1550, over time creating a small ishtmus, becoming part of the island. Both the Greeks and the Romans mention Vulcano as a workshop of the Gods.
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