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Earthquake Risk in Italy

We are often asked where the earthquake risk in Italy is at its most dangerous. We've the answer for you: not only the most at risk but the least at risk regions too.

High Risk

A few areas in particular stand out, they are as follows:

  1. The central mountain range area running from Umbria and Le Marche all the way down to Calabria;
  2. South-western part of Calabria;
  3. North-eastern and south-western coasts of Sicily;
  4. The area north of Udine, bordering Slovenia, in Italy's far north-east corner region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Low Risk

The low risk areas include:

  1. Eastern parts of Piedmont;
  2. Most of Lombardy;
  3. Aosta;
  4. Trentino-Alto Adige;
  5. Southern Veneto;
  6. Southern coast of Tuscany;
  7. The southern half Puglia (from south of Bari to the southern tip of Puglia).

The One Italian Region With Virtually No Risk of Earthquakes?

When it comes to earthquakes there is virtually nowhere on earth that is zero risk. In Italy, the region with virtually no risk of earthquakes is Sardinia. It is pretty much as safe as the safest corners of the globe.

Earthquake Risk Map

For the official Italian seismic risk map for Italy click here.

Important Note

If you are going on vacation to Italy then the earthquake risk will probably not influence your decision on where to visit. I am no statistician, but I would think that the risk of an earthquake happening during your week or two in Italy would be tiny.

Of course, there is never a guarantee of anything these days so always make sure you are insured - see our important advice here.

However, if you are buying property then you need to seriously consider if it is wise to buy in an earthquake prone area.

Firstly, because any property you see may have previous earthquake damage that you are unaware of.

Secondly, there is always the risk of a future earthquake destroying your Italian dream and risking your life in the space of minutes.

The choice is yours! However, be sure you read our guide to insuring a home in Italy against earthquakes etc.

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