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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
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 810 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pompei Amphitheatre and Pompeii Excavation Site. Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Teatro Grande are also within 15 minutes.

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    Viale Unita d'Italia 16/A, Pompei
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 506 reviews
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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 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Pompeii Excavation Site. Pompei Amphitheatre and PalaMangano are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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        4.7
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        Located in the heart of Castellammare di Stabia, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa Arianna, Villa San Marco, and Stabia Archaeological Site. Stabia Hall Cinema and Monte Faito Cable Car are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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        Via Piave 15, Pompei
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 201 reviews
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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 Excavation Site. Pompei Amphitheatre and Teatro Grande are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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          Via Cesare Battisti, 80, Torre del Greco
             
            4.2
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            Situated by the sea, this romantic hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Museo Archeologico Virtuale and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Ercolano Ruins. Cathedral of Naples and Santa Chiara are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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            Hotel del Sole

            Via Plinio, 15, Pompei
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 223 reviews
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              Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Pompei Amphitheatre, Pompeii Excavation Site, and Teatro Grande. Also nearby are Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Forum.

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              Via Vittorio Emanuele 4, Pompei
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 75 reviews
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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 Excavation Site. Pompei Amphitheatre and Teatro Grande are also within 15 minutes.

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                Piazza Porta Marina Inferiore, Pompei
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 117 reviews
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                  Situated in Pompei, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pompeii Forum and Pompeii Excavation Site. Gracco Museum and Villa of the Mysteries are also within 15 minutes.

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