There are thousands of volcanoes we could have gone to, each with its own unique lure. Hot springs in Iceland, jungles in Central America, romance in Italy. The “chosen” one had to have historical significance in the western world. It had to be relatively easy to get to – I am not willing to take 9 students to remote locations in Indonesia or Africa. What location combines tectonics, volcanism, archaeology, good food, leisure, and cultural enrichment all at once? My vision narrows to the Mediterranean. Santorini: the most beautiful island in Europe.