San Gennaro Vesuviano

San Gennaro Vesuviano
Comune di San Gennaro Vesuviano
San Gennaro Vesuviano

Location of San Gennaro Vesuviano in Italy

Coordinates: 40°52′N 14°32′E / 40.867°N 14.533°E / 40.867; 14.533Coordinates: 40°52′N 14°32′E / 40.867°N 14.533°E / 40.867; 14.533
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Naples (NA)
Frazioni Aprile, Giugliani, Ruocco, Sommese
  Mayor Antonio Russo
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
  Total 11,966
Demonym(s) Sangennaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80040
Dialing code 081
Patron saint St. Januarius
Saint day September 19
Website Official website

San Gennaro Vesuviano is a comune and town located in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania, in southern Italy.


San Gennaro Vesuviano is located in the country-side area around Nola (the so-called “agro Nolano") approximately 25 kilometers east of Naples and nine kilometers from Nola.


The comune of San Gennaro Vesuviano is positioned in the site of the Pianura Campana (the Campania Plain – once named the Planum Palmae), surrounded by the Vesuvius and Monte Sant’Angelo.

Archeological findings date early settlements back to the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC, when a sudden eruption of the Vesuvius wiped out the ancient communities settled in the area. Only several centuries later did new settlers repopulate the area.

The area remained uninhabited until 1631, when it was donated to the monastic Order of Friars Minor, who built here a convent; the inhabited center which grwe around it was initially a neighbourhood of Palma Campania and later a self-governing entity by decree of King Ferdinand II of Two Sicilies.


Nowadays, San Gennaro Vesuviano belongs to a larger industrial district which consists of a territorial consortium of small businesses with a discernible specialization in the general manufacturing industry. Activities include mostly food processing.

Despite the overpopulation, agriculture is still performed by local farmers and small landowners: activities include hazelnut, grain and tobacco growing (nicotina tabacum: indigenous of North-America) as well as vineyards Pig and cow breeding are not relevant industries. There are several specialized horse breeders.


San Gennaro is connected to the A30 Caserta-Salerno highway both through the Palma Campania junction and the SS-268 (a state-run toll-free road).

It is also served by RFI station Palma-San Gennaro.


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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