|Metropolitan City of Naples|
Location of Somma Vesuviana in Italy
|Coordinates: 40°52′21″N 14°26′13″E / 40.87250°N 14.43694°E|
|Frazioni||Somma, Mercato Vecchio, Casamale, Rione Trieste, Santa Maria del Pozzo, Starza della Regina, San Sossio|
|• Mayor||Pasquale Piccolo|
|• Total||30.74 km2 (11.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||165 m (541 ft)|
|Population (April 2015)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Januarius|
|Saint day||September 19|
Before the Roman colonization, the area of today's Somma Vesuviana was probably inhabited by Italics populations like Samnites and Oscans. Later it became a vacation place for the rich patricians of Rome, who built here magnificent villas. A villa of emperor Augustus was discovered in the 1930s in the frazione of Starza della Regina, where he probably passed his last days of life. The villa was probably buried during the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 CE.
- The ancient quarter of Casamale has walls of Aragonese times.
- The Collegiata church
- Church of San Domenico
- Church of Santa Maria del Pozzo (15th century). Its cloister is home to a museum of the peasant culture of the area.