Vesuvius National Park

Historical and naturalistic heritageVesuvius National Park
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Mount Vesuvius is one of the most well-known and studied volcanoes in the world for its structure, its eruptive history, and its position, being situated in a densely populated area a few kilometers from the city of Naples.

The current volcano structure is the result of the union of an older external cone, Mount Somma, and a younger internal cone, Vesuvius, formed as a result of violent eruptions. The two cones are separated by a depression called Valle del Gigante which is itself subdivided into the Atrio del Cavallo to the west and the Valle dell’ Inferno to the east.

The origin of the Somma-Vesuvius volcanic structure dates back to about 400,000 years ago. Currently, Mount Vesuvius is a phase of “active rest” and is constantly monitored to control any significant variation in its activity.

BandierinaHeight1127 m
CirconferenzaCircumference450 m
ProfonditàDepth300 m

The Volcano SiteVisit the Crater

Mount Vesuvius is part of a vast volcanic area enclosed in the Vesuvius National Park, a treasure trove of biodiversity to explore. 54 Km of paths to be walked in the green where you can admire the naturalistic views, flora and fauna.

A unique and exciting experience to live inside the Park is the visit to the crater, going up along the path that leads to the Gran Cono with an exclusive view on the entire Gulf of Naples, from the Sorrento Peninsula and Capri to Capo Miseno, Procida, and Ischia.

Mt. Vesuvius

Nature & Biodiversity in the Park

The Vesuvius National Park was born 5th June 1995 with the aim of preserving the various animal and vegetable species present, the biotypes, and the natural shape of the area.

The flora currently present in the Park counts about 744 entities typical of the Mediterranean area. Moreover, the favorable climatic and environmental conditions have made the reserve the perfect habitat for a populated faunal community.

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