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Mount Vesuvius , Italy
Mount Vesuvius

Nicknamed 'A Muntagn' by the Neapolitans, Vesuvius is composed of two summits: the summit of Mount Somma and that of Mount Vesuvius.

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Mount Vesuvius Italy
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Mount Vesuvius

To climb to the summit of Vesuvius via Ercolano, allow around three hours. The atmosphere at the top is one of unusual beauty, with dark slopes almost devoid of vegetation beneath the cone of the only active volcano in Europe, and a stunning view that stretches from the Sorrento Peninsula to Cape Posillipo. Go there at dawn or dusk and your tiring efforts will be rewarded by the stirring sights that unfold below you. The area around the volcano, which also encompasses the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Ercolano, Oplontis, and Miglio d'Oro, is part of the Vesuvius National Park, which was created in 1991 and is registered as part of Unesco's 'Global Network of Biosphere Reserves'.

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Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius , The great Mount Vesuvius , Italy
The great Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is located in a nature park, still active, its last eruption was in 1944.

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Mount Vesuvius , The Gulf of Vesuvius , Italy
The Gulf of Vesuvius

Located in the inner part of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius is about ten kilometers from the city.

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Mount Vesuvius , Italy
Mount Vesuvius

At an altitude of 1,287 metres, the top of Vesuvius is often covered with snow in winter.

Mount Vesuvius , The crater of Mount Vesuvius , Italy
The crater of Mount Vesuvius

It is possible to hike up to the crater to enjoy a beautiful view of the bay of Naples.

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Mount Vesuvius , Representation of Versuvius , Italy
Representation of Versuvius

Vesuvius and its eruptions are immortalized in many paintings from the seventeenth century.

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