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Mount Vesuvius located on the west coast of Italy is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is classed as a complex stratovolcano, as it typically involves explosive eruptions as well as pyroclastic flows. Mount Vesuvius is widely known for the eruption that occurred in A.D. 79 that destroyed the entire Pompeii region along with a few other neighbouring cities. The city remained buried for almost 1700 years until the 18th century in 1748 when they were discovered by archaeologists.
Major excavations began around 1748 when explorers discovered an almost untouched town, preserved underneath the volcanic ashes. Since then, the region has expanded to accommodate historians and archaeologists, along with a sizeable tourist population each year. The Mount Vesuvius National Park was inaugurated and is open to the public.
Visitors not only get an excellent vantage point of the volcano from this park but can explore its lush green landscape as well. Several different pathways and trails have been maintained for the exploration of the region’s biodiversity. An added adventurous activity is the hike right up to the crater that rests on a currently active volcano! The panoramic view from the top is simply breathtaking and absolutely worth a visit.
The Carter is the most-awaited destination most people are striving to arrive at. While it is quite a walk, the trails are not very intensive. The fastest way is by taking trail number 5 "il gran cono". It starts at 1000 meters, leaving you another 130 meters to head up to the top.
Witness the iconic Pompeii - the city that was once destroyed and rediscovered after centuries. Pompeii was an upcoming port city in the Ancient Roman Empire. However, the city's fate changed with the 79 AD Mt. Vesuvius volcanic eruption that literally wiped out the entire region!
Herculaneum is the lesser-known sister to Pompeii. Herculaneum was also among the cities that got destroyed through the volcanic eruption. This little town got unfold later by accident in 1709. Today, it is listed with Pompeii as an UNESCO world heritage site.
This is a town situated at the footer of Mt. Vesuvius and to the north of Pompeii. The antiquarian and Villa Regina are the two must-visit sites at Boscoreale. While the antiquarian gives a glimpse into the countryside at Mt. Vesuvius, Villa Regina displays what villas looked like back in Ancient times.
Known in Italian as ”Borgo Mediavale di Casamale” it is basically a historical centre of the town Somma Vesuviana. It is the only medieval village within the perimeter of the Vesuvius National Park. This isolated village is popular for its oil lamps festival that takes place every four years.
Pliny the Younger was the only known survivor of the eruption. At the age of 18, he wrote a couple of letters to Tacitus, a Roman historian. He was located about 30 km from the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, across the Bay of Naples, when he recorded the visuals of the eruption.
While you can visit Mount Vesuvius National Park according to your own convenience, keep in mind that its crater can only be visited during specific hours. If you plan to visit the crater, book your Pompeii tickets according to the crater's visiting hours.
November to February: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
March, October: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
April, May, June, September: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
July & August: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mount Vesuvius Address: 80044 Ottaviano, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy.
Google Map Directions.
Arrive Early: Ensure to arrive early to the designated meeting point as these tickets are strictly timed and dated.
Carry Refreshments: Make sure that you carry a bottle of water should you need it as there are no beverages and food included in this tour.
Dress Code: There is a compulsory dress code that needs to be followed. It is mandatory for visitors to cover their knees, shoulders and back before entering the venue.
Get Ready to Walk: there is quite a bit of walking on this tour and we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.
Avoid Heavy Bags: Do not carry any large baggage/suitcases as they will not be permitted inside the venue.
Yes. You can book Mount Vesuvius tickets online now. Ensure to book them in advance to get your preferred slot.
No, entry to Mount Vesuvius is not part of all Pompeii tours. You will have to book tickets that specifically provide access to this Pompeii volcano.
No. You would have to additionally purchase tickets online that provide access to the crater. You can select your preferred time slot to enter the crater.
No. You will have to purchase additional tickets to access the national park.
From November to February, the crater is open between 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM; during October and March, between 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM; between April to June and September, between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM; during July and August, it is open from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
You can get to Mount Vesuvius either through the town of Pompeii or Herculaneum. You can choose to either drive down, use public transport, or opt for tickets that include return transfers.
It is located at 80044 Ottaviano, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Google Map Directions.
Mount Vesuvius is 4,203 feet tall
Mount Vesuvius's last eruption was in March, 1944