Vesuvius National Park
Vesuvius National Park
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The only active volcano on the mainland of Europe, Mount Vesuvius is famous for the calamitous eruption in 79AD, which buried the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
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  • sea2ski
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vesuvius climb
    It was a manageable hike up to the summit. It took about an hour. It’s very arid….so bring water. The volcano crater was pretty as steamed away. There are small gift stalls and snack bars as you go up….but no bathrooms. The only bathroom is in the parking area for customers of the one and only cafe. There’s lots of bus traffic in and out, so dont count on the absence of a long line. It was an interesting way to spend an afternoon. I looked at Vesuvius as teh start of the story…..the ruins of Pompéi as the ending.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Chloe B
    67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric but couldn't see anything in the rain
    Unfortunately we visited on a rainy day so couldn't see much beyond a few metres! Nevertheless it was an atmospheric experience and I'm glad we went up. Will have to go back another time to take in the crater and the views. We consoled ourselves that we'd been up Monte Faito a few days before so had views of Vesuvius from that (highly recommend that trip, with fantastic cable car from Castellamare)
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 7, 2023
  • anne-marie a
    Reading, United Kingdom42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vesuvius
    Well worth the small hike up to the Vesuvius. Choose a clear day if possible.amazing views of the crater.if going by public transport you get dropped off further away from the national park entrance where they check your ticket.you cannot go up the hike unless you have a ticket for the park. We found it impossible to book our tickets on the official website as no availability showing.had to go with a tour unfortunately. But be wary the ride up and down on the mini bus is an eventful drive.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Jennifer T
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan ahead
    What a great experience we had. Make sure you plan ahead with your time entry ticket as we struggled getting a ticket on arrival and then needed to wait a few hours before we could start the hike. The caldera is spectacular and being able to sense the proximity to Pompeii after exploring it is quite an intense feeling.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Andrew K
    Lightning Ridge, Australia5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completes the jigsaw of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Ercolano but be very prepared!
    The fundamentals. (1) book tickets online through an official site. You can only book 30 days in advance. They release 30 tickets per ten minute time slot. We logged on ten minutes after opening and just managed last two tickets for our preferred slot. (2) use a local tour company to take you right up to the top kiosk. If you self drive you’ll be sent to a parking area 2km from the kiosk then either walk (uphill) or pay for a shuttle. (3) resolve return time as there is no mobile reception up top. (4) no way to put this politely - go to the loo before you get there. We arrived today to one toilet cubicle for thousands of people, no water to flush and no toilet paper. (5) wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for loose gravel. If you visit Pompeii or Ercolano then Vesuvius is a must but it’s rough, very basic and you need a strong bladder.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, make sure to plan ahead.
    If you’re fascinated with the history of the area like we are, then what trip here would be complete without a visit to the cause of so much of the history. If you want to visit the rim of the crater – then know – this is a hike! It is not overly difficult compared to many others we’ve been on but you are hiking up a small mountain that has a dirt and rock path, which is sometimes unstable. We travel with hiking shoes which are definitely recommended but at least a sneaker with good grip should be worn. The view from the top is pretty spectacular on a clear day. On a cloudy day with low clouds around the mountain (which is common), there might not be much of a view. The mountain itself around the crater is pretty plain. There is no activity (fortunately) of course, otherwise you may not be here. Without the views, this is not an overly interesting place. Just thinking of the history, though, is pretty cool as you’re walking around. Make sure to plan ahead for this and book tickets on-line as you likely will not have phone service on the mountain and there is no ticket area there. We chose to book the park ahead of time from their website and the Vesuvio Express bus to get up there - we booked about two weeks in advance to get the time slot we needed around our work day. You have to coordinate your access to the park with your bus but if you book both ahead, you will take priority for your bus time over the walk-ins (which are MANY). Make sure to arrive ahead of time for the bus so you get your spot. It’s a little bit of work, but well worth having to wait a few hours if you don’t plan ahead. Though you could walk down to Herculaneum and see the amazing site there while you wait if you don’t want to plan.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • GlyderFawr
    347 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK, but could be done better.
    It really rained when we were there so we saw nothing but mist. However, it's supposed to be amazing. We will go back to see it one day. The 3 stars are because:- You have to book tickets before you go and they are pretty much sold out way in advance. If you plan to go, book your tickets now, even if you don't know what the weather is. The only way to get up to the park is by a bus from Pompeii train station or on a private tour. Despite this, we had to wait for over an hour on the bus to leave because the traffic is so terrible. You'd think they'd have it sorted by now. There are no toilets. You are on the side of a mountain with thousands of people, there should be public toilets. The walk from the entrance is only 20/30 minutes. It's not hard. It's a little lose under foot, but a steady path. The tour guide was rubbish. My Italian is better than his English and I can't speak Italian.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Leahthetourist
    London, United Kingdom112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool to climb a volcano/ pre book entry tickets
    We took a tour bus which goes fairly near to the top. The walk to the top is about 45 minutes at a medium pace and then about 15 minutes walking around the top. There are a couple of shops selling souvenirs and drinks. Amazing views of Naples. We didn’t see any “activity” or lava but was still very cool to go to the top. There are sticks offered at the gate, these seem free but they are not and you are charged on your way back down. I wouldn’t bother with a tour bus I’d just get the local bus but pre book your entry ticket.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • veljl
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Defiantly worth doing
    Good hike to top but even in hot weather you have time to do it easily enough- wear walking shoes though ! Brilliantly set out paths and route and so easy. Well with it as beautiful views and so interesting to see inside crater - definitely do it!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • tony w
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great.
    An amazing experience. Bus takes you within a 15 minute walk of the summit. Not to strenuous and an amazing view. There are small hut type stalls located at the top where you can but suverniers and drinks/snacks. Unfortunately there are no public toilets. Only one is in a shop located near the top and you must buy a drink to use it. It is grim. No paper/hand-wash or flush. The guide apologised for no toilet facilities. Considering this is a huge attraction the Italians haven't 'grasped the nettle' in terms of visitor toilets. You are actually told to go behind a disused shack. Other than that, a fantastic experience!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
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Jonas Gunnarsson
Stockholm, Sweden551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
First, the experience itself is great. You will be dropped of at approx. 1000 m, and then you walk the last 200 or so altitude meters. It is not too bad, but still takes some effort. Bring water, particularly if the temperature is high.

We picked a day when there were few clouds, and as a result, the views were spectacular. We could see Naples and Pompei below and the islands of Capri and Ischia in the distance. Looking down the crater from the 1944 eruption with sulfuric gases still coming out is an eerie experience.

So, in essence, the experience itself is highly recommended, particularly if you can do it on a day when you can admire the views.

But the arrangements to get there are horrible. In order to limit the number of the people on the cone, a limited number of tickets are sold for specific time slots. These tickets can (and will) run out for popular times of the day. You will have to buy tickets well in advance to be certain that you will be allowed to hike up the mountain when you want to do it. Hence, if you want to wait to see what the weather forecast says, you will most likely be out of luck.

One hour before every time slot, ten tickets are sold as "last minute tickets". However, these tickets sell out one or two seconds (literally) after they are released, so after about seven or eight attempts, I realized that I wouldn't be able to get last minute tickets on this beautiful day.

At Pompei train station, there are people who will be happy to take you to the mountain and back. Where they got the tickets, I have no idea, but since that was the only way to get tickets, I had to bite the bullet and buy the service from them.

My initial plan was to buy the tickets on line for around €11 and then take the local bus up and down the mountain for €7.20 per person r/t. But since the bus ride requires that you have a ticket to the mountain, which I couldn't obtain, I had to go with the other guys for €35 per person.

In essence, a great experience on a good day. But you have to make a decision if you want to plan well in advance to save some money, or decide to go when you know weather is favorable, but be prepared to potentially pay a premium for it.
Written April 13, 2024
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Paul s
Rickmansworth, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You definitely need to be confident at walking up a steep incline with a very rough/ uneven stoney terrain. Easy to trip or slip, but was with it to climb an active volcano!
Written April 5, 2024
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Charlotte
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
How have they made visiting a mountain so complicated? If you haven’t pre-booked days in advance you get to play a ridiculous game every 10mins where they ‘release’ 10 (just 10) last minute tickets online. The chances of even getting into the ‘buy’ stage is as unlikely as getting a good cup of tea from a Lipton bag. We tried every 10mins for the whole morning. We even went up just in case there was an alternative option at the top. There was not. Just dozens of other people trying to get lucky in this crazy rigged system. No one did.
But don’t worry. You can use an entirely different system and website to pre-book your car parking to the site.
It’s a complete racket to get you to use the overpriced group tour. Shameful.
Written April 3, 2024
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AAthanas
Geneva, Switzerland3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Impossible booking system for tickets. Couldn’t get in. Had to try to book last minute online tickets using an app that crashed and wifi that didn’t work. Only 10 tickets were available each hour, even though there were plenty of spaces open. The bus companies buy up all the tickets and hoard them. Total rip off. Very disappointing. Ended up just walking around the park but not going up to the rim. Workers at the main gate were officious. Back gate ladies were much nicer but still unable to help.
Written March 31, 2024
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Ole John N
27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When you drive up yourself you will encounter a person directing you into a parking street. Ignore this person and drive all the way to the top. Be sure to have made your entry tickets before you start driving up - preferably from were you are staying. The entrance people are very unfriendly. Be there before your allotted time. If your are late you miss the opportunity.
Written March 26, 2024
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Vita K
Corby, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When you buy the tickets you need to choose the time slot as they say this is to regulate the numbers of people coming up. OK, that is fair enough. We booked the slot for our visit at and were late (due to nothing matching what is stated on Google maps, bus numbers do not exist at bus stops indicated, times notmatching, etc, could write a separate topic about that) so when we arrived late we were refused entry, and were told to buy new tickets. There were not many people at all coming in and not sure how buying a second set of tickets did help to regulate the visitors numbers?
Really cynical approach in dealing with customers I would say. It is not that I am very sorry for the money spent, but it is more that you feel like you got scammed, as if you are the tourist they feel they have a right to rip you off at every opportunity.

Written March 19, 2024
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JL Groux
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The ticketing system is the worth in the world from many other tourist I met on the Vesuvius Cono
The staff was as well very bad with no help and agressive attitude
I would advise you to take your ticket well in advance but the timing of entrave is stricken and difficult to predict as the bus traffic jam along the road and wably shuttle before arriving there
The climb is steep but the view rewarding
If you don’t want all the trouble you can enjoy great view from view points below
The wifi on the entrance is wavly and you web site is of very poor design
Written March 17, 2024
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Wendy S
Basingstoke, UK261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Booked last minute from Herculaneum (by the train station ) Excellent price of €25 pp including entry to the crater.

The coach was very comfortable and the driver so skilled!!

The views are incredible on the way up.

The walk from the entrance to the crater took us about an hour (lots of photography) The path is good, a little rocky but it's fine.

The crater and views are out of this world and absolutely worth seeing.

Warning*** a man gave us walking stick to use on the way. At this point he was very nice. On return he asked for a €10-20 tip and was extremely rude, (I don't need to know Italian to know I was being cussed) when we stated we had no cash. Personally we don't usually when travelling - maybe I'm in the wrong.

Avoid if you not willing or able to tip it really did dampen the mood.

But otherwise this trip should be on everyone's bucket list!!
Written February 25, 2024
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MajaR
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I think I got lucky (compared to some other reviewer’s’ experiences) because our trip went smoothly. The crater looked just as majestic as I had remembered from my childhood trip and the views of Naples were great (although it was a bit foggy). Thanks to the friendly bus driver I pre-booked my online ticket on the way to the top (no issues with using the Last Minute option).

My tips:

- Visit in low season, the weather was perfect for a hike and it wasn’t too crowded.
- Go see Pompeii first, have some lunch, recharge your batteries and visit Vesuvius in the afternoon.
- Use the toilet somewhere in Pompeii before you get the bus.
- Get a EAV (?) bus from the Anfiteatro bus stop in Pompeii. The bus costs €3.80 one way but we were the only two passengers we got charged €2.50 each.
- Pre-book the tickets online (from Vivaticket, it’s €10 ish each, don’t pay for any rip off tours).
- The bus takes you to the ‘first base’ where you will find a shabby gift shop with some snacks and drinks. Be prepared for a short yet steep hike (it took us about 30 minutes to climb up but it might take longer depending on your pace). Wear ‘sensible’ shoes.
- There are private minibus drivers who park at the ‘first base’ who will take you back to Pompeii so ask around to find out who leaves first (the EAV bus wasn’t due to leave in an hour but thankfully we didn’t have to wait that long to get back).
Written February 14, 2024
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l1sabaxt
Yateley, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The best bit was the journey up and down the mountain road - views are amazing, as are the coach drivers that manage to creep past each other on a road that is in bits barely wide enough for one! The 'base camp' is a bit of an anti-climax. A hut selling overpriced drinks and tat, a market stall, and some entry points where miserable (who can blame em) workers grunt you onto the trail itself.

The walk up is tough if you are not a gym goer l - but if you take it slowly and take regular stops, with a bit of perseverance you soon see the hut at the side of the main event, the crater. The hut is the starting point for the more experienced trekkers, but for most, this is the end point where you can gaze into a ....hole...

Coming down was easier, but I was very grateful to reach the bottom, plus I needed a wee! - "where are the toilets" I asked (on the basis this is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Southern Italy...) to be told "there in shop - customers only" - so i had to buy an overpriced drink to benefit from a toilet cubicle that appeared to be last maintained following the last eruption in 1945.

after standing around (no seating) for 40mins for our bus, I limped to the bus (legs now like jelly) and enjoyed the trip back down.

Glad I did it . but wont be going back ni a hurry!!!
Written February 8, 2024
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