4,203 ft / 1,281 m

#178 in Campania

#11,688 in Italy


4,042 ft / 1,232 m

#1 in Campania

#30 in Italy


26 summits

#1 in Campania

#4 in Italy

Top climbing months

August   23%

May   15%

June   15%


  • Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano on the Bay of Naples, Italy, about 6 miles east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.
  • It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last 100 years, although it is not currently erupting.
  • The two other major active volcanoes in Italy, Etna and Stromboli, are located on islands.
  • Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • The towns' locations were eventually forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century.