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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.
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Great Views”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

There are plenty of day trips available that will get you to the ticket office for the ascent of vesuvius, and these are often combined with e.g. a trip to Pompeii (although I would advise taking a separate half day trip to Vesuvius, as the ancient sites such as Pompeii require a whole day to explore).
Once you reach the ticket area, you can then hike up the path to the summit, which takes about 45 minutes. There are vendors from which you can hire a wooden walking pole, which helps, but is by no means essential and on the way up you can buy a drink if you didn't pack one.
At the top, you get great views over the bay of Naples (weather dependent), and you can peer into the great crater. There is no volcanic activity, but I felt it was still worth the hike if only for the views and to say that I'd been to the top of a famous volcano..!!

Visited August 2012
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Huntingtown, Maryland
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“For hiker's only”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I visited Mount Vesuvius on June 25, 2013 and was amazed at the run down condition of the area leading up to the parking area. The majority of the businesses along the access road are abandoned and vandalized. Once we arrived the tour bus dropped us off in the very small parking area. We then began the climb to the top. I am in very good shape and really enjoyed the climb. It took about 25 minutes along a switch-back trail that is wide enough for a very small car to travel. The surface is crushed volcanic rock.
Once we arrived at the small store at the summit we were met by a guide who explained the history of the mountain.
I greatly enjoyed this site and the views are incredible.
Expect a very Spartan site and look forward to the hike and you will not be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
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“A journey worth taking”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

If you are interested in Pompeii and already planned for a trip to the city, it will not be complete without a trip to Vesuvius. You can do both easily from Rome as a day trip though it will be hectic and needs to be absolutely well planned and timed.
An early morning local train to Naples, followed by another one to Pompeii. Once you are done with Pompeii (yes, you will have to do it in a bit of hurry), you can take a tour bus to Vesuvius. Keep in mind the trek to Vesuvius crater will challenge your physical fitness though i would keep it as low to medium range but keep enough time for the trek. Carry enough water all the time.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I found it amazing to see the volcano that has caused so much distruction and then to see what it did in Pompeii and Herculaneum was great. It is a hard climb but driving up most of it was helpful.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great mountain.”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

A tough climb up to the top, but defiantly worth of for the views. Our tour guide was interesting and gave us a very good tour, some pleasent gift shops and fantastic views of the Bay of Naples. I highly recommend if you're staying in the area to visit.

Visited July 2012
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