As you might guess, the park is a circular shape and surrounds the volcano. At the very center is the Crater of 1944 at a height of 95 meters above the glistening bay.
The flora of the Park is one half arid Mediterranean scrub with pine trees and 'leccio' or holm oak, and another half of humid woods normally associated with the Appennines.#mce_temp_url#
The wildlife is limited to foxes, hares and wild rabbits as well as kestrels, woodpigeons and the wonderfully named 'upupa' or hoopoe
Our map of the area features famous lava flows marked by the date. The oldest is from 1631 while the most impressive is from 1834. It was so big it even has its own name 'Lava di Caposecchi' and extends straight out of the Park perimeter.
Visiting Vesuvius is easy enough. From Naples central station take the Ferrovia Circumvesuviana line which basically runs around the base of the volcano. Buy your ticket to Ercolano.
Once at Ercolano 'Herculaneum' outside the station is the bus stop of the 'Compagnia Trasporti Vesuviani' which will bring you to the (almost) top of the volcano. You will then be at 1000 meters.
The traditional event which most represent the park is the Festa delle Lucerne which takes place every four years at Borgo Casamale, Somma Vesuviana, during the first week of August.
Naples' Archaeological Museum - Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli