The word volcano is derived from Vulcano stratovolcano in Italy's  Aeolian Islands. Vulcano was constructed during six volcanic  stages during the past 136,000 years. Two overlapping calderas,  the 2.5-km-wide Caldera del Piano on the SE and the 4-km-wide  Caldera della Fossa on the NW, were formed at about 100,000  and 24,000-15,000 years ago, respectively, and volcanism has  migrated to the north over time. La Fossa cone, active throughout  the Holocene and the location of most of the historical eruptions of  Vulcano, occupies the 3-km-wide Caldera della Fossa at the NW  end of the elongated, 3 x 7 km island. The Vulcanello lava platform  forms a low, roughly circular peninsula on the northern tip of Vulcano that was formed as an island  beginning in 183 BC and was connected to Vulcano in about 1550 AD. Vulcanello is capped by  three pyroclastic cones and was active intermittently until the 16th century. The latest eruption from Vulcano consisted of explosive activity from the Fossa cone from 1898 to 1900.  Vulcano Location: 38.404° N, 14.962° E Elevation: 500 m HOME Vulcano, May 1979