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The Mt. Vesuvius National Park is provided with a network which is articulated into 9 paths: they allow tourists to enjoy the beauty and the peculiarity of the whole volcanic complex Somma-Vesuvio and to experience the direct contact with the magic of the surrounding landscape. There are some ring-routes called "sentieri natura" whose difficulty depends on the training level of tourists. There are also some uphill panoramic paths to reach the crater of Gran Cono, an educational and an agricultural path. Each path is well-signalled and provided with information panels dealing with the features of the route, its geological, historical and natural characteristics. As far as the safety of these paths is concerned, new techniques which do not damage the environment have been exploited.

  • La Valle dell'Inferno

    Departure from Ottaviano - via Ottaviano Augusto (Valle delle Delizie)
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    It is one of the most suggestive itineraries in the Park. It is the key-site to observe the typical structure of the volcano - fence layer of Somma-Vesuvio. Along the itinerary tourists will see how the volcano is imposing, in fact they will see the slopes of Monte Somma and of Vesuvio from below: they are covered with some pyroclastic deposits, while the lichen Stereocaulon vesuvianum covers the lava stream dating back to 1944.

    Total length: 9972 m
    Highest altitude: 965 m above sea-level
    Difficulty: high
    Nearest stop: hours 2,45’’ back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 4 back and forth
    Final stop: hours 9 back and forth


     

  • Lungo i Cognoli

    Departure from Ottaviano - via Ottaviano Augusto (Valle delle Delizie)
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    The path leading to Cognoli di Ottaviano and to Valle dell’Inferno gives tourists the opportunity to live the charm of the volcanic environment and the freshness of the pinewood and the broom thickets thanks to an itinerary leading to very particular sites: the most beautiful formation of ropy lava in the Vesuvio and the Stereocaulon vesuvianum covering the lava stream dating back to 1944.

    Total length: 8134 m
    Highest altitude: 1112 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: high
    Nearest stop: hours 2,30’’ back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 4,30’’ back and forth
    Final stop: hours 8 back and forth


     

  • Il Monte Somma

    Departure from Ercolano - via San Vito
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    From this itinerary it is possible to reach Punta Nasone through the closed stretches of the mixed mesophyle wood and the open stretches of the broom thickets. Tourists will reach the Cognoli di Trocchia and Sant’Anastasia and finally the peak of Mt. Somma. From here it is possible to reach the Sanctuary of Santa Maria a Castello.

    Total length: 7650 m
    Highest altitude: 1132 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: high
    Nearest stop: hours 1,30’’ back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 3’’ back and forth
    Final stop: hours 5 back and forth


     

  • La Riserva Tirone

    Departure from Ercolano - via San Vito
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    The itinerary goes through the Riserva Forestale Tirone-Alto Vesuvio which consists of pinewoods and ilex groves. The undergrowth is rich in brooms. In the open spaces tourists will see valerian and mullein. Near the Baracche Forestali tourists can enjoy a wonderful view on the wood and on the Somma-Vesuvio.

    Total length: 8413 m
    Highest altitude: 690 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: low
    Nearest stop: hours 3 back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 5 back and forth
    Final stop: hours 7 back and forth


     

  • Il Gran Cono

    Departure from Ercolano - via San Vito
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    Through this itinerary tourists get to the crater of the Vesuvio.
    Going uphill tourists will admire Monte Somma and Valle del Gigante which was covered by the 1944 lava stream. On the edge of the crater it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view: the Riserva Tirone and the old Strada Matrone dating back to the 20s and 30s together with the Gulf of Napoli and the Piana Campana.

    Total length: 3807 m
    Highest altitude: 1170 m above sea-level
    Difficulty: medium
    Nearest stop: hour 1 back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 2 back and forth
    Final stop: hours 3 back and forth


     

  • La Strada Matrone

    Departure from Trecase via Cifelli
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    It is the most panoramic of these itineraries. Going along it tourists will reach Gran Cono through the road which was marked out by brothers Matrone in the 20s - 30s. The most suggestive stretch is the one on the valley of the Piana Campana, on Riserva Tirone and on the 1937 lava dome. This area also includes the Vesuvio, the lava mouths of 1906 and Mt. Somma. Once tourists reach the Piazzale it is possible to admire the Southern edge of Vesuvio and Punta Nasone in front of Cognoli di Ottaviano.

    Total length: 6877 m
    Highest altitude: 1050 m above sea-level
    Difficulty: high
    Nearest stop: hours 2 back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 3 back and forth
    Final stop: hours 7 back and forth


     

  • Il Vallone della Profica

    Departure from San Giuseppe Vesuviano - via Zabatta - località Santa Maria la Scala
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    This itinerary gives the opportunity to enjoy the view on the Eastern slope of Mt. Somma with Cognoli di Ottaviano and Levante. Behind it, it is possible to see the Eastern slope of Vesuvio. Here it is also possible to observe a variety of typical habitats: from the cultivation of typical land products (such as "pomodorini del piennolo" - a particular kind of cherry tomatoes) to woods and pinewoods.

    Total length: 1718 m
    Highest altitude: 430 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: low
    Length of time: hours 1,30"

     

  • Il trenino a cremagliera

    Departure from San Sebastiano Vesuviano - via Panoramica Fellapane
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    The trenino a cremagliera (rack-train) once led to the station of Pugliano all’Eremo and to the cable railway "Stazione Inferiore". Along this path it is still possible to observe the lava streams of 1872 and 1944.

    Total length: 1188 m
    Highest altitude: 520 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: medium
    Nearest stop: hour 1 back and forth
    Intermediate stop: hours 1,30’’ back and forth
    Final stop: hours 2,30’’ back and forth


     

  • Il fiume di lava

    Departure from Ercolano - via San Vito
    It is a ring-route. The departure point coincides with the arrival.

    Through a mixed wood of chestnuts, hazelnuts, black hornbeams and oaks tourists reach the 1944 lava stream. It has been completely covered from the lichen Stereocaulon vesuvianum. The view is among the most suggestive: the slopes of Vesuvio and Mt. Somma together with the Gulf of Napoli with its islets. (R.B.)

    Total length: 690 m
    Highest altitude: 540 m above sea- level
    Difficulty: low
    Length of time: hours 1,30’’ back and forth


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