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Mount Vesuvius

Admire the view up the coast of Naples from this mountain summit and walk through the famous ruins of the lost city of Pompeii. 

Mount Vesuvius is a 4,000-foot (1,200-meter) high volcano six miles (nine kilometers) east of Naples. In ad 79, the volcano erupted, burying the town of Pompeii and killing thousands of people. Today, the area around the volcano is a national park. Explore the summit crater of Vesuvius and walk the cobblestoned streets of the lost city of Pompeii.

Climb to the summit of Vesuvius for an unbeatable view over Naples and the surrounding area. The walk up the mountain takes about 30 minutes and can be challenging, particularly in summer. The crater stretches 1,600 feet (500 meters) across and is 1,000 feet (300 meters) deep. Volcanic rock and patches of grass litter the ground inside the crater. Notice the steam gently rising from the ground, an indication of the heat below. The view out across the Italian coast makes for great photos.

The city of Pompeii sits five miles (eight kilometers) from Mount Vesuvius. The city was buried under 20 feet (6 meters) of ash after the ad 79 eruption. Thousands of people died, and the city was lost for 1,500 years. Today, the preserved area is a World Heritage Listed site and one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. Plaques and information boards explain the story of the eruption. See skeletons of people and animals as well as household items that were preserved by the heat and ash.

Mount Vesuvius is easily accessible from Naples. Driving takes about 40 minutes. The roads around Vesuvius can be narrow, winding and poorly signed, so use caution. There is a paid parking lot at the base of the mountain. Buses leave regularly from Piazza Piedigrotta and Piazza di Garibaldi in Naples. There are no restaurants on the mountain, but there are snack bars selling drinks.


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Via Roma 99/101, Pompei
     
    4.6
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    Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Forum. House of the Faun and House of the Vettii are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pompei Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Resort Bosco De' Medici $85
    Resort Bosco De' Medici

    Resort Bosco De' Medici

    Via Antonio Segni, 43, Pompei
       
      4.5
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      This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, close to Pompei Amphitheatre, Teatro Grande, and Pompeii Archaeological Park. Also nearby are Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and House of the Vettii. Pompei Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Poseidon $65
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      Via Cesare Battisti, 80, Torre del Greco
         
        4.1
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        Situated by the sea, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gulf of Naples, Ercolano Ruins, and Museo Archeologico Virtuale. Pietrarsa Railway Museum and Rinascenza are also within 9 mi (15 km). Torre del Greco Station is 15 minutes by foot and Miglio D'oro Station is 29 minutes.

        Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast $87
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        SS 145 Sorrentina Km 12.4, Castellammare di Stabia
           
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          Nestled on the beach, this Castellammare di Stabia hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gulf of Naples and Famous Beach. Tartaruga Beach and Giardini Pubblici are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Pompei Resort $50
          Pompei Resort

          Pompei Resort

          Viale Unita d'Italia 16/A, Pompei
             
            4.1
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            Situated in Pompei, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and within 3 mi (5 km) of PalaMangano and Pompeii Forum. House of the Faun and House of the Vettii are also within 3 mi (5 km). Pompei Station is 12 minutes by foot and Scafati Station is 20 minutes.

            La Medusa Hotel & Boutique Spa $117
            La Medusa Hotel & Boutique Spa

            La Medusa Hotel & Boutique Spa

            Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 5, Castellammare di Stabia
               
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              This family-friendly Castellammare di Stabia hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Villa Arianna, Villa San Marco, and Stabia Archaeological Site. Giardini Pubblici and Stabia Hall Cinema are also within 1 mi (2 km). Castellammare di Stabia Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Vittoria $53
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              Hotel Vittoria

              Piazza Porta Marina Inferiore, Pompei
                 
                3.9
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                Situated in Pompei, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pompeii Forum, Gracco Museum, and House of the Faun. Villa of the Mysteries and House of the Vettii are also within 15 minutes. Pompei Station is 18 minutes by foot and Torre Annunziate Central Station is 24 minutes.

                Apollo $42
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                Apollo

                Via Carlo Alberto 18, Pompei
                   
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                  Situated in Pompei, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei, Pompeii Forum, and House of the Faun. House of the Vettii and Gracco Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pompei Station is 5 minutes by foot and Scafati Station is 28 minutes.

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