1906 in Italy

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See also: 1905 in Italy, other events of 1906, 1907 in Italy.

Events from the year 1906 in Italy.

Kingdom of Italy[edit]


Mount Vesuvius immediately before its 1906 eruption
Mount Vesuvius immediately after its 1906 eruption.

The Italian film industry takes shape, led by three major organizations: Cines, founded in 1906 in Rome; and the Turin-based companies Ambrosio Film, founded by pioneering filmmaker Arturo Ambrosio in 1906, and Itala Film. Other companies soon followed in Milan and Naples, and these early companies quickly attained a respectable production quality and were able to market their products both within Italy and abroad.
Giosuè Carducci is the first Italian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906 "not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces".


  • January 9 – Mount Vesuvius near Naples initiates activity; indications are that the volcano is becoming increasingly active.[1]



  • April 5 – Mount Vesuvius in Campania erupts,[6][7] killing over 100 people and ejecting the most lava ever recorded from a Vesuvian eruption. Italian authorities were preparing to hold the 1908 Summer Olympics when Mount Vesuvius erupted, devastating the province of Naples. Funds were diverted to the reconstruction of Naples, requiring a new location for the Olympics to be found.
  • April 10 – The lava flow from Mount Vesuvius, which had almost ceased, starts again in the direction of Torre Annunziata; reached the cemetery of that town and then turned in the direction of Pompeii.[8]
  • April 28 – The Milan International world's fair opens in Milan.[9] It would received 4,012,776 visits and covered 100 hectares (250 acres).[10]






  1. ^ Vesuvius and Etna Active; Funicular Railroad Damaged by Three Streams of Lava, The New York Times, January 10, 1906
  2. ^ Vesuvius In Eruption; Spouting Fire from a Fissure 400 Meters In Length, The New York Times, February 4, 1906
  3. ^ Menaced By Vesuvius; Eruption Now Alarming - Lava Is Causing Destruction, The New York Times, February 14, 1906
  4. ^ Vesuvius More Active; Wall Built to Protect the Railway Station Is Threatened, The New York Times, February 18, 1906
  5. ^ New Italian Cabinet; Baron Sonnino Premier and Count Guicciardini Foreign Minister, The New York Times, February 9, 1906
  6. ^ Vesuvius Causes Terror; Loud Detonations and Frequent Earthquakes, The New York Times, April 6, 1906
  7. ^ Vesuvius Threatens Destruction Of Towns; Bosco Trecase Abandoned, The New York Times, April 7, 1906
  8. ^ Pompeii in Peril; Ottajano A Ruin; Fury of Vesuvius Increases, The New York Times, April 11, 1906
  9. ^ Pelle, Findling. "Milan 1906". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  10. ^ Pelle, Findling. "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  11. ^ Italian Cabinet Resigns; Thursday's Vote Showed Unexpected Strength In the Opposition, The New York Times, May 19, 1906
  12. ^ New Italian Ministry; Giolitti Once More Premier, with a Cabinet of Conservatives, The New York Times, May 29, 1906