piazzale vesuvio
80056 Ercolano, NA


Vesuvius is an active volcano located in the sleeping/resting state since 1944. It is 1281 m high and is one of the most studied and most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Approximately 700,000 people live in its environment. In 1997, the Vesuvius was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
If you want to visit the large crater at 1000m above sea level you have to reach the parking lot of the community Hercolaneum from where a walk leads to 1281m above sea level to the crater rim. From there you can admire the unforgettable panorama of the surrounding area.
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How to get there:

By train or bus:

For those who arrive by plane to Naples Capodichino Airport - take the bus direction Piazza Garibaldi Stazione Centrale (Central Station) . From there, you get into the Circumvesuviana train line to Sorrento or Pompeii Via Poggio Marino a (prices and times can be found here: – get out at station "Ercolano Scavi " . For those arriving from the other direction, we also recommend the Circumvesuviana train line Napoli Sorrento or Pompeii - Napoli. At the station forecourt of the station Ercolano Scavi you have the opportunity to take a shuttle to Mount Vesuvius

(info about this: - here you can also pre- purchase tickets online to bypass waiting times)

By Car:
Via motorway A3 Napoli -Salerno, exit at Torre del Greco or Ercolano
If you take the Ercolano exit, turn left onto Via Boscocatene and follow the road straight up the hill (just follow the signs).

From the exit Torre del Greco take the third exit at the roundabout, turn left at the next intersection, turn left into Via Scappi , after 100m turn right into Via Montedoro and then after about 100m left into Via Tironi - keep it there right at the fork, this leads into the Via Enrico De Nicola - which leads to Mount Vesuvius (follow the signs) .