How it works:
- Happens as Italy lies on an active seismic line, so several can occur and also trigger landslides and avalanches.
- A few active volcanoes such as Mt Etna at Sicily, Mt Stromboli on Stromboli, Mt Vesuvius near Naples and several other dormant ones.
- Latest (June 2019): with Mount Etna’s erupting in end May, there have been a series of earthquakes and earth tremors affecting the Catania area and the eastern part of Sicily.
- Forest fires:
- June to August, particularly on Sardinia and Sicily.
- Rainy season:
- September to November
- Flooding and mudslides can occur in Veneto region (north), and Calabria and Sicily regions (south).
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Media reports, weather forecasts
- Information on avalanche risk
- European Avalanche Warning Service
- Information on active volcanoes
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track and alert you on natural disasters, severe weather and more so you don’t have to spend time tracking them. Click to learn more.
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
- Volcanic eruption: avoid areas downwind and river valleys downstream of the volcano, do not drive in heavy ash fall, seek shelter (if no need to evacuate) or high ground if no shelter (crouch down away from volcano, cover head with arms).
- Forest fires: make yourself seen (e.g. spread out something large and bright), find shelter with little vegetation, stay low to avoid smoke.
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice