(G.La Pira: Eruption of 1861)
This is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe, at present dormant after the last disastrous eruption of 1944 when streams of lava poured down its sides and showred Naples and sorrounding towns with pebbles and ash.
It is famous the eruption of 79 B.C. that destroyed Roman cities of
Pompei and Ercolano.
Many roads lead to Vesuvius but the easiest are those from Ercolano, Torre del Greco and Boscotrecase, from the end of wich paths lead up to the crater,
from this point the visitor has a breathtaking view of the two Gulfs of Naples and Salerno, a sight hardly equalled in any part of the world.