8 Km
All Year

The trail is an excursion in the heart of the Vesuvius National Park and it’s among the most evocative
and complete routes to admire the Somma-Vesuvius volcanic complex from all points of view!
The hike starts from the square at 1000m asl at Hercolanum from which you’ll leave for the ascent to the Crater of Mount Vesuvius to reach the crater edge formed with the eruption of 1944 at 1170 m asl.
The route is particularly evocative and panoramic and has repeated views over the mouth of the crater and the Naples and Sorrento gulf.
After reaching Capannuccia continue downhill towards the Inferno Valley path that separates the Vesuvius from the ancient volcano Mount Somma.
After descending into the valley you reach first the Arena, the natural Arch and then the Levante’s Cognoli on which is located the most beautiful formation of lava “string” of Vesuvius dating back to the eruption of 1929 and engraved by a deep crevasse in which live many species of fern and in which you can enter, just as if you were in the bowels of the Earth!
The trail then continues along the Levante’s Cognoli of Somma Mountain a spectacular panoramic ascent on one of the most landscaped trails of the entire Park!
Once at the top it will be possible to descend to the valley along a steep section of lapilli and ash which leads to the Arena with the natural Arch of the Valle dell’Inferno.
From there you will then return to the starting square at 1000m, destination of itinerary.

Recommended clothing and equipment Hiking shoes or with not sole smooth, snacks and beverages, fleece sweatshirt, windproof or k-way, clothes suitable for the season, mesh parts, cap, sunscreen, camera, long pants and the front light.
Environmental hiking guide
RCT insurance
Not Included
Hiking Equipment
Snacks and drinks
Shuttle for parking lot – ticket office (€ 1 each way)
Ticket Crater (10 € each)
Parking tickets (bus with a maximum length of 10.5m 50 € – car 5 €)
Additional informations
Not suitable for children and those suffering from vertigo, heart patients and those with blood pressure problems.
Groups are composed of up to 15 people per guide. Upon reaching 15 + 1 participants, another guide will be available.
For groups of more than 15 people request information.
Cancellation Policy


Trekking from the Great Cone of Vesuvius to Somma Mountain crossing the Inferno Valley for groups up to 15 people € 300.00

At Arrival

You’ll meet your hiking guide on arrival, who will show you the path to follow and will instruct you on safety measures and all that useful you need to know before departure, answering all your questions.

The Hiking

The route that goes from the Gran Cono del Vesuvio to Monte Somma is a fascinating route that will allow you to fully understand the geological structure of Somma-Vesuvius and its geological and natural features, with a view of this incredible volcano in the history.

Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio, Ercolano, Strada Matrone, 80056 Ercolano NA – Biglietteria del Parco – Rifugio Imbò

The Team

The team is composed by Official and Exclusive guides of the Vesuvius National Park.The association founded in 2013 is made up of professionals linked to the world of Sciences as Naturalists, Geologists, Biologists, Conservationists and Official and Exclusive Guides of the Vesuvius National Park, who are committed to promoting knowledge and respecting the natural beauties.A team that brings together different skills in various languages.


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