Vesuvius is said to be the only active volcano in the main part of Europe and has been the cause of some of the biggest volcanic eruptions. Found on Italy's west coast, it seems to be watching over the city of Naples. The Famous eruption that destroyed (as well as preserved) Pompeii and Herculaneum is what the mountain is often known for. Being here is a very eerie way to be a part of history.
The last eruption occurred in 1944 and it is largely considered to be dormant but the mountain is still a source of concern since it is so close to the city of Naples. Nevertheless it is a wonderful sight to see and a rare part of nature that is a privilege to witness. Coming to Naples and not seeing the famous Vesuvius would be a real shame, so do put this on your list.
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- Ticket office close 1 hour before the crater.
- The timings given are for the Parconational inside which Vesuvius is located.
- Hiking may be required.
- Timings may vary for the tours taken from different private tour operators.
- By rented bus or car from tour operators.
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66.03% of people who visit Naples include Mt Vesuvius in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
25.46% of people start their Mt Vesuvius visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Mt Vesuvius
56.18% of people prefer walking in order to reach Mt Vesuvius
What a place to visit. There's disabled parking closer to the first 'checkpoint' and toilets there. It's €1 to use the toilets but they are kept very clean, particularly the disabled one. €5 to park, €10 to go up, although disabled plus carer are free. There are 4x4 Fiat Pandas that travel up the crater between the three 'checkpoints' and there's somewhere to sit and get a drink at each. There's no bins, so please take your rubbish back with you! There's litter everywhere, which is disappointing, so do your bit for the environment. You get about halfway round the crater and can see right to the crater floor at one viewpoint. Pick a windy day if possible as it will keep the haze away and make for a spectacular view! Sensible footwear are a must and, depending on the weather, something warmer to wear at the crater. The path is gravelly and slippery underfoot, so taking walking stick/poles, although they do have some there for hire. Definitely worth the money and effort for the view and experience.
We joined the local tour to visit the oldest chapel along with the mount Vesuvius. Upon we arrived the entrance (parking lot), it took us around 45 mins to hike up the mountain and arrived the crater. It was amazing to be so close to the volcano as it was the one which destroyed Pompeii. Even no eruption since 1944, still feel like it can be back anytime. You can still see some volcanic rocks along the trek and if you like nature, should come feel for it. Recommended
I only saw this from a distance but it was kinda neat seeing the "smoke" coming off this volcano. I have a picture of it somewhere. That was back in 1975 or so, not sure it is still smoking like that. Every other volcano I've been to didn't do that at all. You can see it from Naples which is where I was then.
My wife and I climbed to the mouth of Vesuvius while stationed in Naples. We would recommend everyone visit Naples and make the same climb. Naples is a history buff's Paradise. So much history to see and the food and people are fantastic.
Amazing location if you are lucky& the weather works for you. We were less lucky and have seen the volcano covered in fog-such a pity!the entry tickets are 10€ per person and 5 € for car parking. From car park you may hike up or take the shuttle for 1 € per Person. The last hike is pretty tough but worth the view.