Enjoy a walking around the crater.
Mount Vesuvius is famous as the volcano that erupted in Roman times (A. D. 79) and buried Pompeii.
The volcano is just 6 miles from the modern city of Naples and is a very popular visitor attraction with a lot of visitors coupling a half day at Pompeii with a visit to Mount Vesuvius. It is one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes. It has an eruption cycle of about 20 years and the last eruption was in 1944.
Vehicles do not go to the top but will drop you off at an altitude of around 1, 000 mt.
The trail to the top climbs just under another 200 mt.
For most people in reasonable condition it's no problem but if you are not 100% fit or have a medical problem you may want to take advice first.
The most common mistake by tourists is simply not to come prepared. Many turn up in T-shirts not realising that it is a lot colder at this altitude than on the coast.
We will reach together the starting point.
At road's end, there is an official ticket desk/building and a shanty town of bars and restaurants before you get to the entrance to the track up to the crater.
** Note, best assume there will be no toilets available during your entire visit!
After paying for the ticket and going through the ticket barrier, there are 15-20 minutes grind up a wide gravel path. The path is not steep, but it's relentless and you'll need a rest or three along the way. Only if you are totally out of shape will it be an issue.
Once you've got the worst of the climb behind you and almost at the crater edge, there is a hut where, if you want, you can wait for a scheduled tour by a volcanology guide. This is free and is part of the admission ticket. It's only a short tour of 10 minutes or so but it gives a good overview of what you are seeing.
The tour is available in several languages including English.
At the end, we will go back together.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Suggested by Guide: At Pompeii Villa dei Misteri Circumvesuviana station or Herculaneum Scavi Circumvesuviana station and from where we will take a bus.
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station
Duration: 3 hours
We will take the bus from Circumvesuviana Train Station or we go by private car if you will hire one.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 euro - - Entrance fees
- Bus ticket (between 3-7 Eur depending on the distances).
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Our tour was amazing! A huge shout out to Andrea for making this day a success. He is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and interacted with all our group members. He is a funny guy, and very bossy (but in a good and funny way). Our family got a kick out of him telling other people how to behave, not to use flashes, stay out of restricted areas, don't get too close to the edge, etc.... While taking his job very seriously he made it fun and interesting for us. We strongly recommend him!!