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San Sebastiano al Vesuvio
is a comune
In Italy, the comune is the basic administrative division, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality.-Importance and function:...
in the province of Naples
The Province of Naples is a province in the Campania region of Italy. Its capital city is Naples, within the province there are 92 Comuni of the Province of Naples.-Demographics:...
, located on the western slopes of Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting...
. Its elevation means that it is often a few degrees cooler than the neighbouring metropolis of Naples
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In 1944 it was struck by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius during the Allies' occupation
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of southern Italy
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. The main attraction is the church of San Sebastiano Martire
from the 16th century.