Activities & Tours
Paleosols in the Vulsini Volcanic District, Central Italy: pedological evidences of climatic and geomorphological evolution in the middle Pleistocene

Dates: 22-23 May, 2024. Possibile second round on 24-25 May, 2024

Duration: two days; departure and arrival in Florence.

Field trip goals: observation and analysis of paleosols with different ages and features in a context of widespread volcanic and volcanic-sedimentary successions of Middle Pleistocene (Vulsini Volcanic District).

Destination: Civita di Bagnoregio, Canino, Sermugnano (Lazio, Viterbo province); Pitigliano (Toscana, Grosseto province).

Soil-related topics: soils genesis and development in different geological, climatic and morphological contexts; volcanology; paleoclimatology; paleogeomorphology; geochemistry.

Other multidisciplinary topics: natural climate changes (glacial and interglacial periods); erosion, landslides and “città del tufo” (“tuffs town”) landscape; overview of Bolsena lake in the volcanic caldera geological context; archeological evidence of Etruscan culture; geo-tourism.

Socio-cultural themes: at the border between Lazio and Umbria visiting the enchanted little town of Civita di Bagnoregio, at the top of a high tuff spur exposed to a fast erosion (Civita is the birthplace of San Bonaventura, 13th century, religious philosopher, theologian and biographer of St. Francis of Assisi); land planning and management; archeology.

Socio-cultural themes: At the border between Lazio and Umbria, stop in Orvieto city, visit to the cathedral (XIII century), get an overview of Bolsena volcanic lake in the geological context, visit Civita di Bagnoregio, the medieval village birthplace of San Bonaventura.

Locations: Civita di Bagnoregio, Sermugnano, Canino, Pitigliano
Civita di Bagnoregio (VT) and the “badlands valley”
Etruscan necropolis
Buried paleosol in Sermugnano (VT)
Buried paleosol in Pitigliano (GR)
Buried paleosol in Canino (VT)