Between Pompeii and Vesuvius, strolling through the vineyards and having lunch like the ancient Romans

On the volcanic slopes of Vesuvius – which dominates with its grandeur between Pompeii and Naples – the vine has grown since ancient times, and delicious wines are produced. Inevitably, the mind goes to themost famous volcanic eruption in history,the one that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. You can spend a day dedicated to the magnificent wines of Campania,live the all-encompassing nature of the Vesuvius National Park and discover the ancient Roman society.

A volcano of wine!

Close to the Vesuvius volcano, the drink of the ancient Romans was born for the first time, the famous Falerno. If Bacchus loved Falerno above all, today the region is entirely dedicated to refining the certainly complex winemaking processes – but very rich in aromas – of volcanic grapes. The soils made up of Vesuvian minerals, the altitude of the vineyards which reach up to 700 meters above sea level, the exposure to the sea give native vines such as Piedirosso and Aglianico a particularly intense flavour.

Work in a Vesuvius vineyard
Work in a Vesuvius vineyard

Among the most representative wines of the Vesuvius area are the red and white Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, produced with Piedirosso and Coda di Volpe grapes respectively, the Taurasi DOCG, made with Aglianico grapes, and the Caprettone, a white with a fresh and fruity taste .

The Vesuvius area does not mean only high quality wines, but also breathtaking landscapes. Between the mountains and the sea, the perspective extends as far as the Island of Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula.

The Vesuvius National Park, between nature and ancient necropolis

The Vesuvius National Park was established in 1995 with the aim of preserving the ecosystem and biodiversity of the area surrounding the volcano, promoting environmental education and scientific research. But beyond these scientific and environmental purposes, the Park is an extraordinary destination for relaxing and leisure walks immersed in an all-encompassing nature, crossing ancient rural villages, castles, necropolises and archaeological sites from the Roman era. The great volcano dominates everything, with a height of 1,281 meters above sea level.

Mount Vesuvius dominates all the trails in the National Park
Mount Vesuvius dominates all the trails in the National Park

In Pompeii to have lunch like an ancient Roman

A day among the antiquities of Pompeii and Vesuvius
A day among the antiquities of Pompeii and Vesuvius, ph. Canmandawe

At the foot of Mount Vesuvius and with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples is Pompeii, whose natural beauty is sometimes hidden by archaeological discovery. For the neapolitans, the ancient Roman city is the destination for a trip out of town, ideal for the sunny days that the Campania climate offers in abundance. Of course, Pompeii is an extraordinary experience of immersion in ancient history. Not even the best preserved archaeological sites in Rome are able to awaken the unique emotions given by the city buried by the violent eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. And what about the beauty, the richness of the houses, the vivacity of the colours, the sumptuousness of the imperial squares – a surprise at every corner of the remains buried for 1700 years.

Get involved in the suggestion of being among the streets of Pompeii with an immersive experience of Roman antiquity, like eating a typical lunch of the ancient Rome. Dress in ancient fashion, take a seat in a roman-furnished space, taste the dishes that were eaten in antiquity, try one of those explosive wines coming out of the Vesuvian soil.