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“A must if in the area”
Review of Vesuvio

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Half-Day Tour to Mt Vesuvius
Ranked #26 of 501 things to do in Naples
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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.
Montreal, Canada
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“A must if in the area”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It's a must anyway, we drove down from Rome just to see Vesuvius and Pompeii. Road to the top from Ercolano is not very well marked, better near Ercolano and less as you go up, but the locals know the road and you don't need to be fluent in Italian to get pointed the right way. It's just a bit twisty, nothing like a drive up a mountain pass, but if anyone in your car gets car sick easily drive slower than posted and take it easy in the curves , As this is not a road most Italians take, you shouldn't be honked and yelled at for daring to drive under the speed limit. The hike once you reach the parking lot is about 20-25 minutes on a loose-soil path, so tread carefully and stay away from the edge. It would be better walking in hiking boots, but I got to the top in old sneakers and I passed a lady who was managing well walking up in high heels. Take it easy walking on the way down, I was passed by a guy running down who made it to the parking lot just fine, but on loose soil like that you're asking for trouble if you go too fast.

Visited December 2012
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Viewed even from a distance or from Pompeii, this site is impressive to see and it definitely drives home the potential hazards that the people of the region coped with throughout the ages and pictures of it before the big explosion pay homage and testament to the strength and power of mother nature. GO - and just imagine what it must have been like.

Visited November 2012
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Minsk, Belarus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“I want to return”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Perfect view. And u feel so tiny in front of the might of nature. This place impressed me so much. And the wine was perfect. Not that fake 3 euro per bottle "Lacryma Christi" but true Lacryma Christi Reserva by cantina del vesuvio.

Visited August 2012
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Rome, Italy
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“Climb the volcano . . . .”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you're in Pompeii, by all means hike Mt. Vesuvius! Given that you can drive 3/4 the way up the volcano, then hike the remaining 1/4, it's simply something everyone should do if they are in this amazing city. It took us about 40 minutes to climb (two fit almost 40 year-olds and a 9 and 12 year old) and the view alone is well worth the effort. Given that, when you can look into the mouth of this sleeping beast and see all the smoldering . . . . pure awe. The ruins of Pompeii are spectacular, but our trip would not have been complete without climbing Mt. Vesuvius. I believe anyone can make this hike--just take your time and stop and enjoy the view if you grow tired. There are walking sticks handed out and the path is very wide--yes, it's a bit tricky in places and you have to watch your footing, but it's not what I would call difficult or dangerous. I have mild asthma and had little difficulty (I would, however, suggest visiting Pompeii in Nov through Jan--the cooler months are the best). Climb! Enjoy!

Visited December 2012
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Ruined by litter & graffiti so what exactly did we pay for?”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

My second trip to Naples and the surrounding area and I knew that this had to be done. Having hired a car (driving in Italy is not for the faint hearted) we were able to bypass all the tourist buses and take the road towards Vesuvious at our own pace. (Poor sign posting meant that when the road forked we headed to the right which was where the chair life goes from, we needed to go left although there are no signs to telkl you this.) We arrived at about 11am just before all the busloads arrived- be warned though, the road at this time of year was icy in parts.

We baulked at the 10 euro admission charge but recognised that as a national park, the money would go to the upkeep of the place. And so we started the ascent. It is fairly steep and due to it being a volcano, quite rocky in places! It took us about half an hour to reach the top and the view was excellent, as was peering down into the crater. However, we left the place wondering exactly where our money was going. The path had quite simply, fallen away in places (as you would expect is such a terrain) but no attempt had been made to repair, warn you or make safe the surrounding area. Litter and graffiti covered the place- surely a few euros could afford a few bins so that this extroardinary place is looked after.

Vesuvious should be visited if you're in the area yes, but be warned some parts are not pretty and left me feeling like we'd been ripped off.

Visited January 2013
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