Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Travel Guide

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Highlights

  • Pro
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     wonderful views and seeing the crater 

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     Must be fit to reach the top 

  • In a nutshell
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     How to exploit nature for money 

Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Things to Do

  • Visiting Vesuvius

    Nine km east of Naples is Vesuvius. It has two low peaks measuring 1727 m and the other 1149 m, named Monte Somma. There is also a caldera to the west of Naples in the suburb of Pozzuoli where there are constant fumaroles and jets of steam. At present the main activiity sights at Vesuvius are the few cracks in the walls of the lower chamber through...

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  • Above the Clouds

    As one looks out from the Mount, we are above the low lying clouds that often enclose the volcano. We are looking into the Bay of Napoli/

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  • The Heat Can Be Felt Underfoot

    The most interesting experience is watching the vapors rise from the ground only a short distance away and to feel the heat under our feet. It is still an alive volcano. Yes, and it is still hot to the touch. The crater is over 2000 feet deep and extremely wide =Tthere is a long walk along the rim.

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  • Up Mount Vesuvius To the Edge of the...

    It is a steep walk along a rather narrow pathof cindwes to the top, but there are barriers on the outer side.

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  • Go Stick Your Head Over The Crater

    Travelling to the crater is relatively simple if you have a car. Just take the exit to the south of Naples (off the A3 to Sorrento/Salerno) and follow the signs to 'Vesuvio'...alternatively set your satnav to the Vesuvio Osservatorio which gets you most of the way there. The road up the mountain features many hairpin bends, however the sheer terror...

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  • Climbing to the summit of Vesuvius

    The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain.There is access by road to within 200 metres of the summit, but thereafter access is on foot only. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater. It is unmatched experience climb to the summit of Vesuvius in time, when...

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  • Vesuvio

    This is a satellite picture of vesuvio. You can see the road that leads to the parking lot, and thene the footpath for the longer trip up lol

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  • Vesuvio

    95 % of the outer rim of vesuvio is not very safe there is no gardrail on the outerside so be very carfull with children . It is very step and if you fall you will only stop at the bottom .

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  • A snack bar near the crater

    Do not believe those who say there is no drink after the park entrance : they want to sell you food and beverage.There is a small snack bar close to the crater.

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  • Climb

    The entrance of the park must be paid. I do not remember the price but it was not cheap.The visitors have to follow the path.It needs 45 min to reach the crater (less in the opposite direction, of course).

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  • Vesuvio

    Base camp 1 lol . This is where you start. don't forget to get your walking stik on the right side where the old man is with the umbrella

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  • Vesuvio

    This is as far up the volcano you can go and from here you can see pompeii this day was a bit foggy but on a good day you can see very well

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Restaurants

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    Snack Bar

    by GUYON Updated Aug 15, 2005

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    On the parking there are some snack bars, souvenir vendors and toilets. They say they are the last eatery before the summit. It is a wrong information.
    Nothing interesting.
    They renunced to dedicate the toilets to the customers. Now they ask 0.50 euros per person. A sleeping man is sitted near a plate to check if you really give money.

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Transportation

  • From Naples To Entrance to the Parco dei...

    The easiest way to visit Mount Vesuvius is to come there by auto. There is ample parking and there are already a number of empty tour buses idling near by.

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  • Vesuvio Express

    We caught the train from Sorrento to Ercolo. ( a few euro).We wanted to do Vesuvius in the morning and Hercalaneum in the afternoon so were time limited.At Erclola station we decided to pay the 16 euro (each) for the shared Minibus (Vesuvius Express) direct to the top (entry was included) It droppped us right by the entrance unlike a number of the...

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  • By train

    You can reach the Vesuvius using the Circumvesuviana line (Naples - Sorrento).Station : ErcolanoThen take the bus (last bus : 4:30PM)

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Local Customs

  • Toilets

    He leaves the door open to show his toilets are clean.That makes the difference with the others.Price : 0.50 euros. I guess it is now a subtantial part of the income.

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  • Garbage

    South Italy has not foreseen suficient solution to eliminate the garbage. The waste reception centres are full and they must export the "rifiuti" to Germany. In Summer, the concern is worst because there are more population with the tourists.For this reason, the slopes of Vesuvius are covered of garbage. The beasts and the wind scatter it...

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  • Another picture

    Here is the backside of the procession. If anyone knows the background information on this procession/mass, please share with me. I would be interested to know the significance.

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Warnings and Dangers

  • Walking Down Is As Steep As GoimgUp

    The side of the mountain presents as great a difficulty for going down the mountain as for climbing up, since it is quite steep/ Be sure to rent a walking stick before waling up.

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  • TOILET TROUBLES AT VESUVIO!

    Despite being pre-warned about the state of the toilets on vesuvio, I was left with no option but to use them after our trek to the crater. I had been beforehand but it is much cooler up at the top and I think my bladder constricted somewhat! I have to rate these toilets as the worst I have ever encountered in Europe, they don't look that bad, it...

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  • Watch Your Step

    When you go to Pompeii, make sure you take some good shoes. The streets there are so old that the stones that are in it stick out. Also, since the volcanic eruption they have a film of ash over them and they are real slippery. I almost fell while I was there. eek!

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Tourist Traps

  • Sticks cost money!

    Do not take one of these sticks some person offers you when entering the area of the Vesuvio unless you are willing to pay money for it after you come back down the mountain again. I don't think they are much help.Myself I was warned, so I don't know how much it costs.

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  • Cameo Origins

    I also liked the array of shells and mother of pearl used for the cameos which are bored to get the layes required with the tool you can see in the pic - quite amazing really to think this is how they started and gave me an appreciation of the skilled workers here.

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  • Cameo factories

    If you go on an organised trip to Vesuvius chances are you will also be taken to a Cameo and coral factory in the hope that you will spend lots of money and they may geet some commission. Its at least intersesting to see how the coral is worked and the cameos made by the craftsmen.Plus its a handy loo stop and an escape from the heat in the air...

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio What to Pack

  • Do not forget

    A cap or a hat against sun. Sun glasses if the sun shines.Good shoes. Do not be concerned by the stick. It is given at the beginning of the climb and take back when you leave. Do not forget the tip, of course. A bottle of water. The snack bars of the parking sell them 2 euros.

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  • Clean shoes only!

    sturdy shoes are required for the climb up Vesuvius. There's quite a lot of loose shale and really sandals are NOT suitable, although some people did walk in these.I was also glad I had my walking pole with me - helps the knees on the way down ;-) After traipsing around Pompei and then Vesuvius in one day our shoes were really filthy and we had...

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Off The Beaten Path

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    by JohnnySpangles Updated Sep 28, 2009

    The 1944 eruption destroyed the funicular railway, hence why you now have to leave your car at the car park and walk the rest of the way in the heat of the sun. There was a famous song written about the funicular called Funiculi Funicula...sing it as you collapse from dehydration on your walk to the summit.

    See and hear the song at the link below.....

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Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio Favorites

  • pay to see inside the crater

    Once you've whipped and slashed your rental car up the steep and winding street to the parking area and walked up the last 20 minutes in constantly growing anxiousness to see IT at last, you are faced with the fact that it cost 6.5e to peep into the steaming crater. Well, what do you do? Turn around and go away? No, of course you want to see it pay...

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  • between the pilars

    I wasn't actually really aware of the what I was going to see or experience, when my travel compagnions suggested we should go and have a look at Vesuvio and even go atop of it.I guess the nice weather helped a lot!It sure was a nice walk to the top, even though it is short, for you can park your car pretty far up the mountain. The view over the...

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  • National Park

    The Vesuvius National Park was founded on the 5 of June, 1995 to protect the cultural and historical heritage of the area, to support local traditions and to protect the flora and fauna of the area. At just 10,000 square metres it is Italy's smallest national Park.For more info check out their website.

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