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Vesuvius National Park

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Vesuvius National Park

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G.B. wrote a review Dec 2020
226 contributions106 helpful votes
I visited this place as part of the organized tour "Pompeii and Vesuvius Group Tour from Naples by PNS". You have to make a walk (uphill) of about 35-40 minutes. This walk might be a bit heavy (because it is a bit long and uphill) but the show is definitely worth it. There is a small bar at the end where you can enjoy a nice coffee at high altitude! There are guides along the way who, for free, will explain many interesting things to you.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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QueenCherryUK wrote a review Oct 2020
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom91 contributions60 helpful votes
We are so glad that we went. It was worth the effort and the stress of getting there. You must book a timed entry slot online beforehand. We had read that phone signals could be unreliable, so we did it when we knew we had good wifi. However, we didn’t realise just how long it would take to navigate the website, or how much information about us that they would want. It took more than half an hour. After booking, we were quite concerned, as we weren’t sure if we wound up with an acceptable digital ticket. The only option was a ticket to download for printing, and we had no printer access. We were concerned that we would be at the top of a mountain, having paid, but with no physical piece of paper. Fortunately, our fears were unfounded, as we were able to scan the bar codes from the tickets directly from our phones. Physically getting there was also not without drama. We arrived at Pompeii Scavi station with plenty of time to take the public bus for our timed entry slot. The bus stop and sign with revised timetable is opposite the station. Unfortunately, the 12pm bus never arrived. At around 12:30, we formed a group with some other people in the bus stop queue and negotiated with the scrum of taxi drivers to take 7 of us for 8 euros each. We had witnessed the taxis trying hard sell tricks and telling lies to other groups, but we never heard them go lower than 8 euros per person, and to get that rate, we had observed that we would need more than 4 people. To his credit, our driver was friendly and pointed out some sights along the way. He dropped us off in the same place where the bus would have dropped us off, so we didn’t have to walk from the lower car parking area. We took the bus back down, which was straightforward and the price was exactly as advertised. The driver even waited a moment for people coming through the gates (obviously one shouldn’t rely on that, but it illustrates an attitude of helpfulness). Compared to Mt Teide, this was a very easy ascent, as you start off so high and the path is so good. Stiff soled shoes were ideal, as it was a little bit silt-y and soft underfoot at the beginning. You do not need hiking boots. Covid-wise, our temperature was taken at the ticket gates. We went when people were supposed to wear masks, even outdoors, but people were fairly relaxed but respectful about it. Everyone carried a mask, and would put it on as they approached other people. The next day, the rules became stricter, so people may now be more inclined to keep them on the whole time. There were so few people, it was easy to keep a good social distance. There was hand sanitizer at the cafes. We had read about a one-way system, but we barely noticed it. Again, this may be because there were so few people. We also thought we would have to be escorted by a guide, but this wasn't the case. We could have joined a tour in Italian at the start, or we were told we could catch up with an English-speaking one further up, but we opted not to. We preferred to be able to make our own way in our own time. There were several information signs in English and Italian along the way. We read on one of them that the reason the crater appears glittery and sparkly is because of hematite. We did not see the rubbish that others have mentioned, apart from on the road, before we got there. The volcano was spectacular. It is still steaming in places. We saw lizards crawl out of the crater and we saw birds of prey. The gigantic crater, the panoramic views in the other direction, and that big blue sky are memories that make me take a deep breath just remembering them. The air felt so good. Plus, I know it’s shallow, but it felt rather luxurious to have a cup of coffee on top of a volcano!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Aleksey wrote a review Oct 2020
Prague, Czech Republic2 contributions4 helpful votes
I can confirm every single word written in previous posts - gruesome experience with online buying of tickets (btw, why should they be more expensive than ticket offices used to sell them???), rubbish path to the top. Just like nearby Napoli Vesuvio is very unfriendly to tourists and can be skipped without losing anything worth seeing in Campania.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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chocolateisnice wrote a review Oct 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom27 contributions25 helpful votes
Amazing view and good information signs. Several places to have a drink along the way and at the top. You can't buy tickets online but go to the website and you book a time slot (parconazionaledelvesuvio). The local bus is much cheaper than toursit one and takes you right to the entrance. Due to covid there is a new schedule I've shown in picture. Definetly recommend alongside a trip to Pompeii, we got the first bus up and there where only a few other people there at that time.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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John M wrote a review Sep 2020
Monmouth, United Kingdom420 contributions253 helpful votes
12th October 2019. A pre-Covid visit so no doubt things will be different now, but will no doubt get back to normal sometime soonish I hope. What may not have changed is the rather cumbersome way of getting to the start of the ascent. We had to park in a car park about a mile from the park entrance. You pay your fee for that (6 euros - cash only then) and then take a bus (2 euros each) to the ticket office to buy tickets - which then was cash only, hopefully that's changed and will stay that way! Tickets were 10 euros each. Then you walk about 2-300 yards to the actual park entrance, where you show the tickets you have just bought. There were toilet there (free too) so go before you climb. The ascent took us about 25 minutes. Our ages - 65; 58; 26. All reasonably fit. It was dry so my fears of slipping or of filthy shoes were misplaced. Indeed the ground was pretty hard underfoot. We wore trainers. Views spectacular. Looking into the crater you realise how massive was the inverted cone of solid rock that was blasted into the heavens in AD 79, and what force was required to do that. We could see spirals of steam rising. It will erupt again, that is for sure. The Italian Govt has plans apparently to evacuate the surrounding population over 72 hours in a crisis. Just have to remember that the population here now is so much more when Pompeii was overwhelmed. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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