Geographical Setting and Natural Features

Geographical Setting and Natural Features

The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum are situated on the western coast of Italy in the Bay of Naples and are part of the region known as Campania. Perhaps the most significant geographical feature within this region is the volcano, Mt Vesuvius. For a comprehensive overview of the geographical landscapes of modern and ancient Campania browse the mapping project undertaken by the University of Massachusetts.

Pompeii Mapping Project


Further Resources

Below is a collection of resources, ranging from encyclopedic entries, useful websites and scholarly articles relating to the geography and landscape of Mt Vesuvius and its surrounding areas.



Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii: Facts and History

Analysing the Rural Landscape around Pompeii before the Eruption of Somma-Vesuvius in AD79

Geography of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum

Ancient Pompeii’s Geography

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