Italy (1,281 m) – Most Famous Volcanic Eruption in History
Mount Vesuvius is one of the world’s best-known volvanoes. Located in the scenic, heavily touristed area of southern Italy, it is one of the most visited and most photographed mountains in the world. It is most famous for its eruption in 79 AD. Located close to the densely populated city of Naples, Vesuvius is universally recognized as the worlds most potentially destructive active volcano.
Vesuvius is western history’s most storied volcano. Located close to the heart of the Roman Empire, it was considered a sacred place of several Roman gods. Its eruption in 79 AD is the most remembered and best recorded in ancient history, when it famously destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It has since erupted dozens of times, as recently as the 1940s, and is the most active volcano in continental Europe.
Mount Vesuvius today is located in one of Italy’s most densely populated areas. It forms the backdrop of the city of Naples, and can be seen far out into the Mediterranean. Visitors come to climb the mountain as well as to visit the ruins of Pompeii. The area is easily accessible from Naples, approximately five miles to the west, and is 130 miles southeast of Rome.