Visit Vesuvius “A Muntagna” is the ‘mountain’ in Italian and is the name by which Neapolitans call Vesuvius, the most famous volcano in the world, symbolic of the city of Naples, its perfect form looming over the Gulf of Naples.
Visit Vesuvius! Standing on the edge of the crater you become aware of a disturbing but at the same time evocative atmosphere. The landscape, characterised by wild beauty and an amazing panorama which stretches from the Sorrento peninsula to Posillipo, provides you with a lasting and unforgettable impression, especially in the clear light of dawn or against a red-hued sunset sky!
Vesuvius is the only active volcano in continental Europe and also one of the most dangerous in the world as the land at its foot is extremely densely populated with houses, hotels, restaurants, villas, buildings and offices that have been built up to an altitude of 700 metres. The villages that surround Vesuvius are rightly called, the Villages of Vesuvius.
After the famous eruption of 79 A.D which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum and that of 1944, filmed by allied troops, the volcano entered a period of dormancy and its only activity now is to emit steam from fumaroles within the crater.
Visit Vesuvius by car or with our transfer service. You will arrive at the parking area from where you can walk up to the crater. The mouth of Vesuvius can be reached after an ascent of about 800 metres.
The easiest access routes are from Herculaneum, Ottaviano and Somma Vesuviana though the most interesting is the one from Herculaneum because of the wonderful views it offers over the gulf and for the extreme fascination of the natural scenery.
This area contains typical Mediterranean vegetation and quite a high number of orchids, 23 to be precise, have been recorded together with broom plants which were so dear to Giacomo Leopardi, a famous Italian poet.
The first part of the ascent goes through vineyards but at 1000 metres it is necessary to proceed on foot along a lava-strewn path until you reach the mouth of the crater.
Agriculture around Vesuvius, thanks to a mineral-rich soil, excellent drainage and a Mediterranean climate offers excellent products which richly deserve to be sampled, apricots, cherries and the celebrated a piènnolo cherry tomatoes!
The excellent grapes cultivated at the base of Vesuvius produce fine dry and aromatic wines such as the well-known Lacryma Christi.
On your return journey, make a stop in Torre del Greco, where famous craftsmen create splendid coral jewellery.
For more information visit the Vesuvius National Park website: http://www.parconazionaledelvesuvio.it/