Vesuvius: History


All the bells, and more generally the Neapolitans, are fond of their beloved volcano. Vesuvius is awe-inspiring, but also beautiful: Thousands of tourists are fascinated and try to understand its history.


Vesuvius is famous for reproduceing some of the worst volcanic eruptions in continental Europe. If you are passing through Naples, you will admire its magnificence, because it looks out right on the bay and on the city: it seems that it watches over it, but in a particular way.

The history of Vesuvius: Here are all the volcanic eruptions that have put Naples at risk

Famous are the walks in the Neapolitan promenade, where on one hand you can be kidnapped by the Blue Sea and on the other side feel the power of Vesuvius. The most important eruption of Vesuvius is probably known all over the world: it dates back to 79 A.D. During this volcanic eruption, the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii were razed to the ground.

Of the two cities, remains some ruin that you can visit: Many make the route from Herculaneum to Pompeii, observe how the landscape has changed. We advise you to rely on the wisdom of a tour guide to discover everything you need to know about it.

Returning to Vesuvius, the last eruption dates back to 1944. Currently, the volcano has been dormant for more than 70 years. It is probably better this way, because it could represent a real danger especially for the Neapolitan metropolis.

The eruption of 79 A.D.: When the Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum

In over 17,000 years of history, there are about 8 eruptions of disastrous proportions. It seems that in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, 16,000 people died. The latter is known by the term “Pliniano”, since it was narrated by Pliny the Younger: The historian lived and saw the eruption with his own eyes and decided to leave his testimony.

His business has always been very discontinuous. If from 1631 Vesuvius has kept constantly active but without creating inconvenience, there is a rather high activity apart from the end of ‘ 700 until the beginning of ‘ 900, where the constant flows of lava, the roars and the explosions were constantly putting at risk the Life of the bells.

Vesuvius has always destroyed part of Campania, not to mention that many people have found death. In one of his last eruptions, that of 1906, one counts that more than 100 people have lost their lives.

The last eruption of Vesuvius: It was March 8, 1944, lasted more than twenty days

As we mentioned before, the last eruption is on March 8th of 1944. They were stormy days for the inhabitants of the city, in which for over 20 days the eruption was protracted, between lava, gas and ashes. It ended on March 29: In this case, to lose sight were the people who lived in less robust homes. Many deaths were recorded as a result of earthquake shocks that caused the roofs of the houses to collapse.

The history of Vesuvius is certainly fascinating, but at the same time it inspires fear and respect, for a volcano that, for now, sleeps and watches over the city of Naples.

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