13 May Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Telling about Pompeii means telling about Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which overlooks the city and the skyline.
You can see it with its majesty right in back of the Temple of Jupiter in the Forum – inside the archaeological site – or simply from Hermes café on the 4th floor of Hotel del Sole.
After all Mount Vesuvius is a peculiar part of the panorama of the Gulf of Naples, usually represented with smoke plumes rising form its crest, how it was until 1944.
Goethe described the scenery as “the world most beautiful bay” in his Italian Journey.
So a visit to Mount Vesuvius is required during your vacation in Pompeii.
Mount Vesuvius inspired a lot writers, musicians and poets. Leopardi, who lived in Naples during the last years of his life dedicated his last poem to the Broom, the plant which grows on the slopes of the volcano.
content with deserts:
here on the arid slope of Vesuvius,
that formidable mountain, the destroyer,
that no other tree or flower adorns,
you scatter your lonely
bushes all around.
Also Magica De Spell, a character of the Donald Duck Universe in Disney cartoons, lived on the slope of Mount Vesuvius. A charming brunette which attempts to steal Scrooge McDuck’s Number One Dime by using her magic.
In order to satisfy a last curiosity, one of most famous Neapolitan songs “Funiculì Funicolà” – text by Giuseppe Turco, music by Luigi Denza – was written in 1880 to promote the funicular railway to go up the crater.
MOUNT VESUVIUS NATIONAL PARK
You can reach the park by car from Torre del Greco and choose among several naturalistic itineraries. Panoramas, a luxuriant flora and the crater are there for beginners and expert hikers who want to enjoy this wonderful experience. The visit to the Great Cone with the park guides is truly recommended and let you discover the wild nature and the breath-taking view on the Gulf of Naples.
Mount Vesuvius is now 1281 metres high (the elevation of a volcano often changes) and a getting there will be an unforgettable experience.