Mount Vesuvius has to be one of the most famous volcanoes on Earth. Of course, what it’s most famous for is the destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii (and four other towns) in AD79.
To the east, is the city of Naples and, closer at hand, the modern towns of Ercolano and Torre del Greco. The Roman predecessors of Ercolano (called Herculaneum) and Torre del Greco were two of the other towns destroyed by the same eruption that buried Pompeii. I hope to be visiting Herculaneum in April.
Of course, standing on the top of Vesuvius, there’s another type of view. One much closer at hand, but no less impressive: down into the volcano’s crater.
It’s possible to drive up into the Valle del Gigante (Giant’s Valley), which lies between the rim of the older crater of Mount Somma and the more recent cone of Mount Vesuvius. But the last part of the climb must be made on foot.
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