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In the bay of Naples Vesuvius dominates. We HAD to go to the top.
We got the train from sorrento (approx 3 euro return).- To ercolo station.
Outside the station we paid out (16 ?Euro each) to share a people carrier (Vesuvis Express) which took us directly to the entrance (included).
From where we were dropped it was a stiff 20 minute hike to the top.
Enough for about a 20 viewing before it was time to return.
Many of the coach tours had much further to walk - we though it value for money.
On arrival back at the station we had a 10 minute walk to our next destination- Hercalaneum.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Beer Tasting
- Business Travel
See an active volcano
Walk on the crater edge of an active volcano or one of the other trails in the VesuviusNational Park.
I can't garantee the snow - this year is the first time they've had any in the last 35 years!
Try to stop off at the old funicula/cable-car station at alt. 780 metres "Terazzo del Paradiso". 75-plus years old Andrea De Gregorio and his daughter run a little souvenir shop there. They are the most charming people and will give you a potted history of the volcano in English, French, Italian and I suspect any other language you can think of. Buy your souvenirs and snacks there. It won't cost you more than elsewhere and you'll get a personal touch that you won't find elsewhere.
- Hiking and Walking
Its possible to take a coach trip up here - although not right to the top, for that you have to climb the last bit. Its quite something to be able to walk partly down into the crater, to smell the sulphur and feel the heat in the rocks there. A few weeks later back home there was a report of someone slipping into the crater to their death - so please be careful.
Update 2003 - you can no longer walk down into the crater amd the rim is protected by a rope chain - its obviously a danger so don't be tempted to go down there.
Check out my Vesuvius page for more pics and info.
Sorrento is located on the Bay Of Naples, Mount Vesuvius is in the distance. You can take a hydrofoil to Naples and visit the volcano if you wish.
This pic shows people walking down into the crater.....it tends to be a bit smokey with the sulphur fumes.
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