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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 Antonio Segni, 43, Pompei
     
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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.

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    Via Roma 99/101, Pompei
       
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      Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Villa Poppaea and 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Ercolano Ruins. Mount Vesuvius and Positano Town Hall are also within 25 mi (40 km). Pompei Station is 9 minutes by foot.

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

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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).

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          Via Vittorio Emanuele 4, Pompei
             
            4.3
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            Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pompeii Forum, House of the Faun, and House of the Vettii. Gracco Museum and Villa of the Mysteries are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pompei Station is 7 minutes by foot.

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            Via Bartolo Longo, 10, Pompei
               
              4.0
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              Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pompeii Forum, House of the Faun, and House of the Vettii. Gracco Museum and Villa of the Mysteries are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pompei Station is 5 minutes by foot.

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              Via Cesare Battisti, 80, Torre del Greco
                 
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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.

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                Via Plinio, 15, Pompei
                   
                  3.9
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                  Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Pompei Amphitheatre, Pompeii Archaeological Park, and Teatro Grande. Also nearby are Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Forum. Pompei Station is 11 minutes by foot.

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