Vesuvio National Park, Naples

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Vesuvius National Park is an Italian national park centered on the active volcano Vesuvius, southeast from Naples. The park was founded in June 5, 1995 and covers an area of around 135 square kilometers all located within the Province of Naples.It is centered on the active volcano and its most ancient crater, Monte Somma. It houses 612 vegetable species and 227 wildlife ones.
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  • It is a Vice bio volcano buried Pompeii. It is a volcano of Mt. Fuji can be clearly seen from Naples and sallen, quite close to the sea.
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  • What splendor of the view on the Bay of Naples since Vesuvius! It is impressive that Monster. On the other hand, we have not attempted the ascent to the crater because of the heat.
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  • If you like to hike, then take a trip to Vesuvius. If you are driving, as we did, you can part about 2 KM down from the ticket office and pay 2 Euros round trip for a shuttle up to the ticket office. ...  more »
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  • Had a fantastic time climbing the mountain in the 4x4 vehicle and finishing up on foot. The crater is well worth the climb. A knowledgeable guide gave us a quick talk on the volcano whilst we were up there. The walk is not too taxing (although the slope is quite long it is not that steep). Underfoot is uneven and the volcano quite ashy so therefore makes the climb 'slippery' in places. Just be mindful of your feet and you'll be fine. There's a cafe at the top but take water for the climb. Obviously good shoes are recommended. There are no toilets on the mountain.
  • Vesuvius itself was awesome. Everything else sucked. You park on the side of the road and have to pay for a shuttle up. They refused our credit card initially and with enough pushing they finally took out the machine and let us run it. But yet no one was consistently checking tickets. There was no signage/directory with any history/information/interesting facts. There were thousands of people. 3 really crappy gift shops and 1 toilet that didn't have running water. Nothing made any sense from the time we parked until the time we got back in the car. I certainly recommend checking it out but keep your overall experience expectations low low low (and pee before you go).
  • So, you can actually drive your own car up Vesuvio. And all the while, it seems like you will eventually be able to get to the top. Nope, stop. At some point, you are not allowed to go and you must now pay someone to take you. The journey to the top is so confusing, also, this must be a place where people dumb garbage. So much garbage! Not many signs either, so half the time you feel like you're lost. It might have been good to maybe take a tour there, but venturing on your own, not the greatest!
  • I went driving and it wasn't a horrible experience since I drive to most of the places I visit (within the country) but at least it have good parking and cheap and they have the 2€ round trip to the ticket office. The views and the volcano are unique to see in person and make sure you bring cash €€€ if not you will be starving and thirsty. Also go's are allowed!!!
  • If you're going to go, I would highly recommend not driving. The road up is good but there's so many coaches and buses on a very tight road. If you're already in Pompeii then there's a bus that goes to the ticket office and back from the Pompeii ruins and Pompeii's main train station. It's just a short walk up the road from the ticket office before you reach the car park and the walking trail where they want your ticket. There's a few small shops on the route and even a sandwich shop at the car park. I would highly recommend doing this on a clear day. We were short on time, so unfortunately had to do it on a cloudy​ day (the picture is actually the crater and it did clear in the crater but we couldn't see anything down the volcano side). €10 is a little steep (excuse the pun) for entry though.

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