Volcanoes of Italy: Mount Vesuvius

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Mount Somma (left) and Vesuvius, Naples

Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is an active volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, southern Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples. The height of the cone is 1,281 m (4,203 ft). It is the only volcano in Europe to have erupted within the last 100 years (the last eruption occurred in 1944).


The volcano was formed as a result of the collision of two tectonic plates, the African and the Eurasian. It has erupted many times since it originated less than 200,000 years ago. In 79 A.D., Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum by volcanic ash in about 25 hours.


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Hiking trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

The summit of Mount Vesuvius

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View over the Bay of Naples

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The 650 m (2132.55 ft) wide crater of Mount Vesuvius

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The crater of Mount Vesuvius

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The crater of Mount Vesuvius

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The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

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The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Flora of Mount Vesuvius

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Flora of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Mount Somma – a high semicircular ridge

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Mount Vesuvius rising above the ruins of Pompeii

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Mount Somma (left) and Vesuvius from a distance, Naples

Have you ever visited Mount Vesuvius? Feel free to post a comment below.


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2 comments

  1. Such beautiful pictures! I hiked Mount Vesuvius last year, it was more overcast (and started drizzling towards the top) so my photos didn't come out as vivid. The flowers are gorgeous! Makes it hard to believe it's still active and capable of widespread destruction. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wow, absolutely beautiful photos! I definitely want to visit Pompeii and the volcano itself.

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