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Vesuvio, Naples

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Volcano Mountain
The only active volcano on the European mainland, Vesuvio is best known for its dramatic eruption in 79 CE, which led to the destruction of ancient cities Herculaneum and Pompeii. The volcano is now the centerpiece of a national park, established in 1995 to prevent further development in the area. The summit of the volcano is open to visitors, with a network of well-maintained paths around the mountain. An access road can get you to about 200 m (660 ft) from the summit (measured vertically), but after that access is on foot only. A spiral walkway leads up the final section of the climb, from the road to the rim of the crater. On a sunny day, you'll have sweeping views of the surrounding area, stretching all the way to the Bay of Naples. Make Vesuvio a centerpiece of your Naples vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Naples travel itinerary maker.
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  • We did Vesuvius as part of a week long trip to Sorrento. The walk to the top is about 25 minutes and there are stops along the way to catch your breath or for refreshments. Our day was overcast and I ...  more »
  • Certainly a very impressive sight, but you need to be determined if you want to get to the summit. Be warned - driving up Vesuvius requires nerves of steel. One of the few times when an organised trip...  more »
  • We hired a driver from Cultours in Via Tribunali to get up to the shuttle bus on the mountain, from there you have to walk to the crater. The walk is of average difficulty, there is a place to hire wa...  more »