Mount Vesuvius - Pompei

Travel Guide
Mount Vesuvius - Pompei which includes mountains, general coastal views and a city

Climb this volcano for arresting views over the bay of Naples before exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the city Vesuvius destroyed.

Mount Vesuvius stands nine kilometres east of Naples, dominating the skyline. In 79 AD, this 1200-metre volcano erupted, covering the town of Pompeii in ash and soot, and simultaneously taking the lives of thousands of people. The area around the volcano is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most famous attractions around Naples. Peer into the summit crater of Vesuvius and step back in time to tread on the old Roman stone roads of the lost city.

The 30-minute hike up Vesuvius can be challenging, particularly in summer, but the spectacular views make it worth the effort. The volcano’s crater is 500 metres wide and 300 metres deep, and the inside is littered with volcanic rock and patches of grass. The only indication of the tremendous heat below is the steam gently wafting up from the ground.

Just eight kilometres from Mount Vesuvius is the city of Pompeii, lost for 1500 years when it was engulfed in 6 metres of ash after the eruption in 79 AD. The eruption preserved the city perfectly, and visitors can view intact frescoes, mosaics, fountains, household items and even mummified remains of people and animals that were preserved by the heat and ash. An amphitheatre that seats 20,000 people, a gymnasium with a pool in the middle, a theatre, public baths and various other fascinating structures within the site tells of an ancient but well-civilised city.

Mount Vesuvius is easily accessible from Naples. Driving takes about 40 minutes, while buses leave regularly from Piazza Piedigrotta and Piazza di Garibaldi in Naples. Wear comfortable shoes as there are many tiny rocks during the hike up Vesuvius while the streets of Pompeii are cobblestoned. If you're driving, be extra careful as the roads around Vesuvius can be narrow, winding and poorly signed. A paid car park is located at the base of the mountain. There are no restaurants on the mountain, but there are snack bars selling drinks.

Tenuta Le Fornacelle
Tenuta Le Fornacelle
Via Cupa Lupo Vecchio, 8, Torre del Greco, NA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$87 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Situated in a national park, this country house is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Gulf of Naples and within 6 miles (10 km) of Herculaneum and Pietrarsa Railway Museum. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (32 reviews)
"Lovely views, towels weren’t clean, bath had small black hairs in it before our use and had holes and rips in them. No wifi like it said, no restaurant like it said. Renovations being done on the whole place. Beautiful dogs were on the property. The gates get locked at night so you can go and come ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Tenuta Le Fornacelle
Parco Vesevus
Parco Vesevus
4 out of 5
Via Cifelli 37, Boscotrecase, Città Metropolitana di Napoli
Situated in Boscotrecase, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Boscoreale National Antiquarium, Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Poppaea. Porta Marina ...
3.3/5 (6 reviews)
Remote, tranquil, friendly staff, on Volcano
"Positives: 1. Isolated location with outstanding views 2. Staff very friendly and cordial. Extremely friendly! 3. Room size large Negatives 1. Swimming Pool not in operation. 2. Breakfast only cold bread continental. A bit disappointing I was expecting buffet 3. Air conditioning unit does not really ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2019

Get rates
Parco Vesevus
B&B Hotel Pizzeria La Romantica
B&B Hotel Pizzeria La Romantica
Via Osservatorio No. 10/A, Ercolano, Naples
Situated in Ercolano, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Herculaneum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Vesuvius and Gulf of Naples. Pietrarsa Railway ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Una vista increíble a un bajo costo!
"El servicio es como si estuvieras en tu casa, impecable y todo el tiempo pendientes de que la estes dando bien! Las habitaciones bien aunque austeras. De afuera el hotel se ve con bastantes años pero la vista increíble del golfo de Nápoles hace que valga la pena. Es indispensable contar con ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2018

Get rates
B&B Hotel Pizzeria La Romantica
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vesuvio Wine Cottage
Vesuvio Wine Cottage
Via Tirone della Guardia 5, Trecase, Campania
The price is AU$361 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this historic villa is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Gulf of Naples and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Villa Poppaea. Pompeii Forum and Sorrento Peninsula ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing holidays
"Giovanni was very kind with us. I recommend him without hesitation !"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2021

Vesuvio Wine Cottage
Villa Gianna
Villa Gianna
Via Vesuvio 67, Ercolano, Città Metropolitana di Napoli
Situated in Ercolano, this holiday home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Herculaneum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Gulf of Naples. Mount Vesuvius and Pietrarsa Railway Museum ...
Villa Gianna
Il Giardinetto - Near Museo Archeologico Virtuale
Il Giardinetto - Near Museo Archeologico Virtuale
Via Viulo 47, Ercolano, Città Metropolitana di Napoli
Situated in Ercolano, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Herculaneum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Vesuvius and Gulf of Naples. Pietrarsa ...
Il Giardinetto - Near Museo Archeologico Virtuale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in Mount Vesuvius - Pompei