The (Non) Volcano of Monte Busca

The (Non) Volcano of Monte Busca

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Today, we want to share with you a fascinating and somewhat unusual story about the so-called “volcano” of Monte Busca. If you’re a foreign tourist who loves organizing your own trips and seeking unique and off-the-beaten-path experiences, then this is the perfect read for you.

The Call of Mystery

There’s something captivating about mystery and the unexpected that attracts the attention of every adventurous traveler. Monte Busca, located in a remote and lesser-known region of Italy, has been the subject of curiosity for many years due to an unusual geological feature that has led some to call it a “volcano.”

However, what makes this story even more intriguing is the fact that Monte Busca is not a true volcano. This unusual characteristic and its intriguing history attract curious travelers and lovers of the extraordinary from all around the world. For those seeking unconventional experiences, visiting Monte Busca presents a fascinating challenge.

What is the “Volcano” of Monte Busca?

What we call a volcano is actually another type of phenomenon that cannot be categorized as such. It is, in fact, a perpetual source of methane gas that emerges from the ground and is intentionally ignited to prevent gas leaks. Although the belief is that the “volcano” ignites on its own, listening to the locals confirms that they themselves reignite it to keep it burning. Violent weather events, such as heavy rainfalls, can extinguish it, and it is necessary to reignite the fire to prevent gas leaks.

Therefore, it is not a real volcano but rather a spontaneous release of methane gas from the ground that sometimes ignites spontaneously, while other times the locals play a part in reigniting it. More specifically, it appears as a small cluster of rocks from which flames emerge and grow, their height varying depending on the day and the strength of the wind.

How to Reach the Volcano

The volcano of Monte Busca, also known as the smallest volcano in the world, is located in the hills of Romagna between the Val Tramazzo and the Val Montone.

As the name suggests, the volcano is situated on Monte Busca, reaching an altitude of 740 meters above sea level. It is about a 15-minute drive from Tredozio or Portico di Romagna, and approximately an hour from Cesena or Forlì. More precisely, we are in the Inferno locality (a fitting name) of the small municipality of Tredozio.

Once near the volcano, which is not signposted but easily traceable on Google Maps, you can park your car in front of the abandoned farmhouse that hides the natural phenomenon behind it and continue on foot for about two minutes. This farmhouse, located in the Cà Forte estate, is at kilometer 7+700 of the Provincial Road 22.
To the right of the farmhouse, you will find a narrow path that winds through trees, bushes, and shrubs, leading to a large open field that clearly outlines the contours of the hill. Right in the middle of the field lies the volcano of Monte Busca.

In conclusion, although not a spectacular attraction, the volcano of Monte Busca is a one-of-a-kind place, nestled amidst rolling hills far from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism. A visit in the evening, illuminated by torches, provides a unique atmosphere that is worth experiencing.

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