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“Lots of steam, no fire.”
Review of Vesuvio

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Half-Day Trip to Mt. Vesuvius from Naples
Ranked #30 of 836 things to do in Naples
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Easy to acces via the railway and a good tour company. Went through the national park in a unimog. Not quite the gentle stroll advertised but well worth it, quite unbelievable. Not sure about the tourist shops at the top though.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We visited before we visited Pompeii and Herculaneum, we were lucky and had excellent visibility and could see right across the Bay of Naples, which was incredible. The journey to the park was an adventure in itself. You initially board a regular bus which takes you to the entrance of the National Park. You then board these incredible off road vehicles and are driven up to a car park fairly close to the summit. You are shaken about quite a bit, so not recommended for the frail. You climb to the summit and gift shop and have a brief talk about the volcanic activity, then you gaze down into the crater to see a few gently steaming fumaroles and look the other way toward Pompeii. Not to be missed if you have the time.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Our climb up to Vesuvius was well worth the effort. Got to hear of the history of Vesuvius and look down into the crater. After seeing the mountain from a distance for a few days in Naples and Sorrento, it was nice to actually get up close and personal.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Having read some of the other experiences, I thought it was worth writing this one also to provide another context. We travelled there in October 2012, taking the cheaper option of getting the train from Sorrento to Ercolano. The train was very dirty and very crowded. The train station that you get off at is heavily graffitied and also dirty. We found the Vesuvius shuttle service easily enough but for ten euros, I would at least expect a proper seat and it to be a little better organised. They packed us into the various shuttles so that we were unable to wear seat belts and drove a little fast around the bends. When we got there we were given our tickets that we had paid another eight euros for and 90 minutes to complete our walk. The time was long enough and we made our way up the volcano. If you have not been on one before I am thinking the experience would be a little more exciting. Having been on one before that is a full days walk with snow and lakes on it, I was a little disappointed. They have souvenir shops up there but no signage actually pointing out where sites such as Pompeii are, you can pay extra if you want the guided tour. On the way back the shuttles were there but we ended up with a different driver and again overloaded in the vehicle. Two of the drivers appeared to argue over this, so it did not do much to alleviate our fears. So again coming down the mountain we had no seat belts. It is a cheaper option and we did get through the experience but found it all lacking for the cost involved.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

How many people can say they've stared into the crater of an active volcano? well in that case it's worth the effort to get to the top.

The climb up from the car park is easy enough. i wore sandals and whilst i have seen a number of comments saying that trainers and shoes are a must, i didn't find it too problematic, you are walking a volcano after all, not a Manhattan side walk.

Quite exciting to see steam coming from some of the rocks, and if you look carefully it is possible to see the distorting shimmer of intense heat also.

Get to see it while you can as it's likely to go up again within the next hundred years.

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