Snowfall on Mount Vesuvius, Italy
The peak of Mount Vesuvius (center) is covered by snow
The height of the main cone has been constantly changed by eruptions but presently is 1,281 m (4,202 ft).
The slopes of the mountain are scarred by lava flows but are heavily vegetated, with scrub at higher altitudes and vineyards lower down.
Another volcano, Roccamonfina, can be seen to the northwest. It is notable for its caldera, which has a diameter of 6 km. Unlike Mount Vesuvius, it is not snow-capped here.
Offshore, an algal bloom is visible. It is stronger in the Gulf of Salerno (right) and along the coast above Naples (left). The bloom in the Gulf of Naples itself, however, is more clear.