(Italian: Monte Vesuvio, Latin: Mons
Vesuvius) is a volcano east of Naples, Italy. It is the only
volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last
hundred years, although it is not currently erupting. The only
other two such volcanoes in Italy (Etna and Stromboli) are located
on islands, independent from Vesuvius and still active.
Vesuvius is on the coast of the Bay of Naples, about nine
kilometres (six miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the
shore. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the
destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It
wasn´t clear to the people, that they were living close to a
volcano. The information of previous eruptions thousand of years
ago was lost and therefore so many people lost there life.
It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the
most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of
3,000,000 people now living close to it and its tendency towards
A volcano generally is an opening, or rupture, in the Earth's
surface or crust, which allows hot, molten rock, ash and gases to
escape from deep below the surface. Volcanic activity involving the
extrusion of rock tends to form mountains or features like
mountains over a period of time.
The Vesuvius is part of the Parco Nazionale Vesuvio and can be
visited by everyone. Please note the park's hours (09:00 to 17:00
or 18:00, season depending). It is wise to come in the early
morning or late afternoon, otherwise it could be overcrowded. A
normal ticket costs 6,50 Euro, but it is worth it. Reduced price is
4,50 Euro, children under 8 years are free.
: first go to the given
coordinates (volcano rim) and take a picture of you together with
your GPSr and the crater in the background. Please attach this
picture to your log after approval. Then you have to solve the
following task and send it to vesuvius(at)gmx-topmail.de
Task : Vesuvius has a special shape, because it is part of a second
volcano (mountain). Try to describe this unique shape and send us
an email together with the name of that second older volcano.
If your answer is correct, you will receive our logging
Note : log entries without a picture will be deleted - sorry
The terrain rating assumes that you are coming up by car or bus. It
is also possible by foot
Have a nice time, enjoy your visit on this great volcano and take
some nice pictures.