The path corresponds to the ancient road traced by the Matrone brothers to go back to the Gran Cono from the side of Boscotrecase; after almost thirty years of work, several destructions caused by sudden lava flows and subsequent reconstructions, the carriage road was inaugurated on 4th January 1927.

After crossing the entrance gate of the Forestry Barracks, you walk along a paved road that climbs through curves and hairpin turns, crossing thick pine woods in which the stone pine prevails. The most common animal species are the fox, the marten, the dormouse, the wild mouse and several birds that are typical of the woods, such as the Certhia, the Eurasian jay, the great spotted woodpecker, some species of tits and the sparrowhawk.

After about 2.5 km, you reach the junction with the path of the Tirone- Alto Vesuvio Forest Reserve, where the close destination is located. The environment begins to change considerably, as the pine forest gives way to the holm oak; along the successive series of hairpin turns, the holm oak is gradually replaced by the typical plant associations of the Maquis shrubland: the broom, the red valerian, the Helichrysum, the cistus, which in late spring create a wide range of colours and perfumes.

Please be extremely careful on the trails, always check weather conditions and wear appropriate shoes.

The Park Authority has no competence for safety and so it is not responsible for any damage to people and things that may occur during the use of the Park territory.

Length 14.175 metres in total
Maximum altitude 1.060 metres above sea level
Duration 7 hours and in total
Difficulty Medium
Departure/arrival Via Cifelli (Trecase)

The path continues for another stretch of asphalt, up to 800 m above sea level, where there is a rest area. From here the path becomes paved and particularly evocative. You can admire panoramic views of rare beauty and valuable interventions of naturalistic engineering, such as the grates “Vesuvio” and dry lava stone walls. After about 1,200 m you can see an amazing view of the area that goes from the Sorrento Peninsula to the Gulf of Naples, up to Campania’s plain and Tirone Reserve.

The route continues uphill until you reach a square, where there is a garrison of the Park Authority. Here you can admire the ridges of Mount Somma with Punta Nasone, the cognoli of Ottaviano and the wide expanse of Valle dell'Inferno. You then go back to the route of the downward journey to the entrance where the destination is located.

You’ll soon be able to travel along Strada Matrone also using public transport system with low environmental impact, by virtue of a Programme Agreement between the Park Authority, the Municipality of Boscoreale, the Province of Naples and Campania.

Visit the other paths

The trail network is in overall redevelopment and maintenance and some paths may not be equipped with signs. Contact the Park Authority for more information.

Nature trail towards Somma Vesuviana temporarily closed

Nature trail from Somma Vesuviana temporarily closed

Nature trail under maintenance

Closed nature trail where maintenance interventions will be introduced

Closed nature trail where maintenance interventions will be introduced