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Vesuvio, Naples

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Vesuvio and other Naples attractions using our handy Naples trip itinerary website .
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  • We went to "climb" Vesuvio before heading to Pompeii Ruins to avoid the heat. Catch the EAV Bus from directly outside the Scavi Pompeii train station. Walk out of station and across the street will be...  more »
  • We took the tour bus (tourist office of Pompeii. Do not hesitate to request a rebate on the bus) once there it must arm themselves with patience because there is a big climb on foot. But got to the top we forget the efforts made. It's worth the trip.
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  • It is worth noting that we completed Vesuvio (Vesuvius) independently of guides, tours etc, and it is quite easy, in fact quite recommended, to do so. Though there is a system... Firstly if you are dr...  more »

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