wonderful views and seeing the crater
Must be fit to reach the top
How to exploit nature for money
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.....
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...more
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...more
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.more