The impressive Mount Vesuvius volcano is a constant presence in this part of Italy
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Mount Vesuvius

Italy > Naples

History of Mount Vesuvius

The imposing Mount Vesuvius dominates the skyline in and around Naples. Though it's dormant now, this massive volcano infamously erupted in 79 AD, blanketing the nearby Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and killing more than 1,000 people in the process.

On that fateful day, an avalanche of lava and rock descended upon Pompeii, killing its victims instantly but also preserving it almost perfectly for the past 1,500 years. You can visit the nearby archaeological sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum for a glimpse at what life was like back then.

Why go to Mount Vesuvius?

At just six miles from Naples, Mount Vesuvius is one of the top destinations in the area - and for good reason. Not only does it have a mythic allure and a fascinating history, but it's also a stunning example of the powers of nature.

It's a relatively easy hike to the top of the mountain, which reaches 1,281 metres high. And if you pay for a guided tour, you'll be able to walk along the edge of the crater and peer inside, where steam can be seen emitting from small vents. Definitely a sight to remember!

Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Open Daily: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Price Information

Guided tour

  • General : 6.50 EUR

Entry to park

  • General Free


Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio


Italy 80044