The track is located within the Tirone-Alto Vesuvius Forest Reserve, which covers about 1,000 hectares.

After the entrance gate you immediately enter a pine forest, which is the result of reforestation works carried out by the State Forestry Corps to consolidate the unstable Vesuvius slopes.

On the dry lava stone walls that flank the path, it’s easy to recognize the navelwort, a herbaceous plant that owes its curious name to its particular fleshy, navel-like and round leaves, with a central recess. In spring, several species of wild orchids bloom in the undergrowth, the most beautiful of which are Orchis Serapias cordera, with crimson red flowers, and Orchis morio, with flowers varying from white to purple. The thick undergrowth includes the spindle and the smilax along with other species that are typical of the Mediterranean flora, such as the mastic tree, myrtle, bay tree, Phillyrea, rosemary. The holm oak, an autochthonous evergreen oak, prevails among the pinewood of the reserve.

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 11.260 metres in total
Maximum altitude 625 metres above sea level
Duration 6 hours in total
Difficulty Medium
Departure/arrival S.P. Ercolano-Vesuvio

There are many animal species that inhabit these woods: the rare Aesculapian snake stands out among the reptiles and is a large and harmless snake with bright brown-yellow livery.

After the broom thicket, the path weakly climbs, until it reaches Baracche Forestali, where the house of the Disney Magica De Spell represents the close destination. If you keep going straight and don’t turn on the left, you will see the most beautiful part of the itinerary, with a continuous alternation of shaded and open spaces, with wide views of the blue sea of ​​the Gulf of Naples and the barren slopes of the majestic Gran Cono. A panoramic view on a secondary arm of the lava flow of 1944 represents the intermediate destination.

If you continue walking, you reach the ancient Strada Matrone (path n.6), from which the path is taken in reverse. On the way back, after about 2.3 km, you reach the crossroads. Go up to the right and admire the lava flow of ‘44. From here you need to go backwards for a while, then descend to the right at the first junction until you reach Baracche Forestali and return to the entrance gate, which represents the intermediate destination. The path also offers a pleasant variant which, from the lava flow, continues up to the fence of a restaurant, from which you can walk along the old route of the cogwheel train and go up to the area of ​​the former funicular railway; when you reach the asphalt road, turn left and you’ll find a nice panoramic square with a rest stop.

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

Closed nature trail where maintenance interventions will be introduced

Closed nature trail where maintenance interventions will be introduced