Vesuvius National Park
Vesuvius National Park
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The only active volcano on the mainland of Europe, Mount Vesuvius is famous for the calamitous eruption in 79AD, which buried the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
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  • GlyderFawr
    341 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK, but could be done better.
    It really rained when we were there so we saw nothing but mist. However, it's supposed to be amazing. We will go back to see it one day. The 3 stars are because:- You have to book tickets before you go and they are pretty much sold out way in advance. If you plan to go, book your tickets now, even if you don't know what the weather is. The only way to get up to the park is by a bus from Pompeii train station or on a private tour. Despite this, we had to wait for over an hour on the bus to leave because the traffic is so terrible. You'd think they'd have it sorted by now. There are no toilets. You are on the side of a mountain with thousands of people, there should be public toilets. The walk from the entrance is only 20/30 minutes. It's not hard. It's a little lose under foot, but a steady path. The tour guide was rubbish. My Italian is better than his English and I can't speak Italian.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Leahthetourist
    London, United Kingdom401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool to climb a volcano/ pre book entry tickets
    We took a tour bus which goes fairly near to the top. The walk to the top is about 45 minutes at a medium pace and then about 15 minutes walking around the top. There are a couple of shops selling souvenirs and drinks. Amazing views of Naples. We didn’t see any “activity” or lava but was still very cool to go to the top. There are sticks offered at the gate, these seem free but they are not and you are charged on your way back down. I wouldn’t bother with a tour bus I’d just get the local bus but pre book your entry ticket.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • veljl
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Defiantly worth doing
    Good hike to top but even in hot weather you have time to do it easily enough- wear walking shoes though ! Brilliantly set out paths and route and so easy. Well with it as beautiful views and so interesting to see inside crater - definitely do it!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • tony w
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great.
    An amazing experience. Bus takes you within a 15 minute walk of the summit. Not to strenuous and an amazing view. There are small hut type stalls located at the top where you can but suverniers and drinks/snacks. Unfortunately there are no public toilets. Only one is in a shop located near the top and you must buy a drink to use it. It is grim. No paper/hand-wash or flush. The guide apologised for no toilet facilities. Considering this is a huge attraction the Italians haven't 'grasped the nettle' in terms of visitor toilets. You are actually told to go behind a disused shack. Other than that, a fantastic experience!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • S.Jones
    Caernarfon, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cafe/shop for less mobile at Vesuvius.
    We went on the Jet2 coach excursion from Sorrento (vesuvius/wine tasting). My husband and daughter climbed up the mountain (it took them about 20 minutes to go up from the carpark, stayed for about 10 mins at the top for photos, and took about 15 mins to walk down). They thoroughly enjoyed it, and they walked up quite easily, but they are used to going up mountains etc living in Wales! I stayed in the basic little shop/cafe area next to the car park whilst they walked up (weak ankle) - the staff here were so nice and let me sit in the shaded area at the back (pergola). I made sure to buy a drink, snacks and a guide book and they let me stay here until my family returned. Grazie Mille! There is one basic toilet in the cafe, and everyone seems to use this toilet as there is no public toilet at vesusius (you must buy something from the shop to use it, which is only fair in my view!).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • ZWellington
    154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic- use the local tourist office though to avoid being ripped off
    Use Around Vesuvio.com or local bus to get to the base of the crater. Do NOT use tempio travel or pompeiitickets.com. We used the later and what a RIP off cost us about £30 each just for the return coach trip where we saw aroundvesuvio was much cheaper. Included in the entrance of 11€ you get a free guide to talk you through the history. Highly recommend a visit here but as I said don’t get ripped off financially like we did
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • FatherTed1_7
    Ballycastle, United Kingdom106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Volcano with amazing views.
    Amazing views from the coach park and all the way up to the top. Very breezy the day we visited, some people list their hats! The path to the top is steep and uneven. A good level of fitness is needed to climb to the top. It was the only time in 9 days visiting Italy that we were outside with a comfortable air temperature- approx 20c.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Tom C
    Hailsham, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful facts on do it your self trip
    This review hopefully will help anybody wishing to visit Vesuvius without paying for an expensive transfer or excursion . It’s doable as long as you do a bit of planning There are many companies on the internet and booths locally that will sell you a trip. Just beware as some specifically exclude the entry ticket (so just a transfer) and others may include a timed entry tickets. The prices vary a lot and anything from 20+ euro for a transfer to 40 + euro for transfer and entry ticket to vesuvius (price based on trip from pompei where we stayed) This is how you do it on your own. Tickets go on sale 1 month in advance. They can only be brought from vivaticket. Google Vivaticket vesuvius and that should get you to the right page You have to sign up to the site and tickets are 11.68 euro at the time of writing. You have to buy a timed entry ticket. Slots are 10 minutes apart and you have leeway on arrival time. 40 mins before your ticket time and 100 minutes after it if you are late. If you try to enter outside of these time constraints you will turned away however sad your story for being late is Plenty of tickets available if you plan and book in advance. However if you leave it to the last minute or a few days before hand things get very difficult as there are very few (if any) advance tickets left. Once tickets are all sold the only way to get one is to use the site above and find the ‘last minute’ link. You still need to sign up and open an account. On the day tickets are available as follows. 60 minutes before each time slot 10 tickets are made available. It is then a game of fastest finger and fastest internet to see who can get the 10 tickets. You will be competing with many people all trying to get some of the 10 tickets. If you are successful well done. If not you have to wait for the next slot to go on sale and start again. We saw dozens upon dozens of people trying to get tickets this way in the Vesuvius car park having travelled up (lots on a transfer only ) The internet signal up there is slow and un reliable. We saw many people when we came out who we there when we arrived still trying to get their tickets. My advice to take away the stress is book well in advance. The bus ride on EAV bus is 3.60 euros each way and you pay the bus driver on board. It departs from outside Pompei Scavi station and pompei piazza anfiteatro. Both bus stops are marked and have a timetable pinned up. Honestly if you get on the bus and don’t have an entry ticket you are possibly in for a stressful time trying to get a ticket when you arrive or maybe use your phone on the bus if you can get a signal. The fact that you have the 40 min and 100min leway mentioned above does help Good luck. It’s worth the trip up. All the other reviews will tell you about the steep path, excellent views etc etc so I won’t bore you with that
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • GoPlaces721181
    65 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort.
    Vesuvius is worth the effort but a very arduous walk and not for the feint hearted. Definitely NOT disabled friendly. Spectacular views. The downside. 3 euro each to get up the first part supposedly for a return trip. But you trying finding them to take you back. No facilities. One disgusting toilet in a shop and they rob you 1 euro. Not much really you say, but you haven't seen the toilet. The ticket booking website was ridiculously convulated and took us 45 mins to get a ticket. But as in most of Italy we have seen no one cares! Like many sites in Italy they take your tourist money but fail to invest in the site. Same as Historic Pompei, only started preservation in 2001
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • ianc951
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Solo trip upto the Caldera
    Staying in Pompei I just opted for a morning tour to the Mt.Vesuvius, it included entry ticket and return bus ride from the tour operators office in Via Roma 32, Pompei and cost about 30 euro. Pick up was at 9am, bus ride about 1/2 an hour each way. [Make sure you hit the bathroom before boarding the bus]. The drop off at the entry gate to the site is at about 1000 metres elevation with a further hike up a zig zag path rising another 250/300 metres in elevation. It was fortunate I had brought along a light weatherproof jacket because it turned out to be very windy on this particular day, it was blowing so hard I wished I had a hoody or earplugs. The pathway to the Caldera is quite steep and took a little more effort than I had hoped but once at the summit it was well worth it. The views from the top of the Bay of Naples are excellent [weather permitting]. I highly recommend a visit if you don't mind a bit of a hike.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
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Dusan L
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
My advice is to buy ticket online in advance. Otherwise you can have a problem. When you get to the entrance you will be informed that ticket is possible to buy online via free wi-fi and they will show you 2 QR codes to use. But how it works is a real puzzle. Nobody will help you, the staff there is just to check tickets but no help from them. Many other people had difficulties to buy ticket online via free wi-fi on site. After 40 minutes of trying we gave up. We were not the only. Volcano is surely worth to visit but ticket management is terrible.
Written 15 July 2024
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Lynne M
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Got there for 10 having booked a trip via Get Your Guide app with pick up near train station in Napoli. Going via an organised trip is by far easiest way to do it. Go early to avoid the crowds and heat. Good guide giving a bit of history of the eruptions. Seeing gases still escaping from the crater was fascinating. Takes about half an hour to hike up. Wear trainers. Not as hard a hike as we thought but first bit is the steepest so don’t panic when you see it! Toilets just after you go in, past the carpark but again get there early if you need!
Written 10 July 2024
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GMJ
Edinburgh, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Excellent site well laid out easy to navigate the path round the volcano. For the Independent traveller it can be difficult to buy tickets on line. We ended up on a tour from Pompeii station that lasted two hours.
Written 29 June 2024
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,070 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We climbed Mount Vesuvius as part of a guided daytrip out of Naples. Our bus dropped us at the staging area. We entered with timed tickets. Our tour manager gave us two hours to climb and return to the starting point. So off we went! Picked up simple walking sticks from a guy just inside the entrance...they were totally worth it, and only cost a few Euros as a tip when we returned them. It was a warm day, but overcast that afternoon. It gets cooler and windier as you climb so be sure to wear good walking shoes, and bring a sweater or jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and bottled water...in a backpack. As we climbed upward, I stopped to shoot photos of the views of the cities of Pompeii and Naples and the Mediterranean and the mountains. Of course I took photos of our progress on the trails, which are rocky and uneven and even slippery at times. This was not an easy climb as you begin hiking at a high elevation and are going higher. In most parts of the trails, there is room for those going up and those going back down. But occasionally the trail narrows so you may have to wait a couple minutes. There were two stations for stops for food and water and restrooms and even souvenirs and gifts. The second one was at the highest point. Most important is to know your capabilities and your limitations. Have fun!! We made it up and back down in just two hours, and were happy and proud to have made the hike!
Written 23 June 2024
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Ellinor M
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Jun 2024 • Friends
We had bought tickets to enter Vesuvius at 15:20 in advance. You can enter up to 40 min before the stated time, and as late as 100 min after.

We took the train from Napoli Porta Nolana to Pompeii Santuario. We went 2-3 hours earlier than the bus to Vesuvius leaves so we could have lunch in Pompeii, making sure we could use the restroom and freshen up before the trek, and not have to rush to the bus. Porta Nolana did not have working monitors to see which platform our train would be at, I would recommend arriving 15 min ahead of time because of that. We bought our tickets using the EAV app, which was pretty easy but you have to authenticate your account using SMS. You could also take the train to Pompeii Villa dei Misteri if you're going earlier like we did, but I would not recommend taking the bus from Villa dei Misteri.

We took the bus 808 from Pompei - P. za Anfiteatro CL. The bus stop is right next to one of the souvenir stands next to the exit from Pompei ruins. It can be tricky to find, it's just a pole with a blue sign. Get there 10-15 minutes in advance to make sure you find it. Also get there in advance because a lot of people will be taking the bus and it might fill up. Make sure to bring cash, preferably coins if you're only buying one ticket at a time. We tried buying the bus ticket in the EAV app, but it was the wrong ticket and we still had to buy the ticket on the bus. I think it was €3,60 - 3,80 per person for a one way ticket.

We took the bus on June 5 at 13:30 and it filled up at Villa Dei Misteri, so I don't recommend planning to take the bus at a stop later than that. The bus driver did have to stop people from entering once it filled because it wasn't the kind of bus that had space for standing travellers.

The bus did have air conditioning, on both trips!

The trek up the mountain did take a lot longer than we thought. It is very (!) steep going up, and slippery because of the gravel on the way down. Don't bring people who can't walk up on their own, eldelry and children, if you have time constraints. It's too much work walking up on your own, I can't imagine having to help someone else at the same time.

Taking the bus back was the same process. It arrived early so people started lining up 15 minutes before departure. It did have standing spaces but it still had to leave people behind that wouldn't fit. We took the bus leaving at 17:00 back.

We took the train from Villa Dei Misteri back to Porta Nolana, shorter train ride but it was a lot more people than the train we took to Pompeii Santuario. It was cramped and we had the stand the whole ride back.

My tips/info for people going to Vesuvius:
- Plan your bus and train times based on the fact that you can enter 40 minutes before your ticket time and 100 minutes after.
- Don't try to save time by taking the bus from Torre del Greco! You can get off the bus there on the way back from the mountain and take the train from there, but I wouldn't risk missing the bus by planning to take it up the mountain from there.
- Don't pack too much and don't bring water! They sell water at several places on the mountain, before, during and after your trek, for regular city prices.
- They have some kind of outside toilet after the entrance, but I didn't try it.
- Bring a print out of your ticket(s)! There is no reception on the mountain and you want to save battery by bringing a print out instead of using a pdf on your phone.
- Bring coins for the bus ticket! The bus driver ran out of change pretty quickly. Both of our bus drivers spoke okay English.
- Your shoes will get super dirty!
Written 19 June 2024
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SEI
Wales, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Our tour guide gave us everything we needed to know in our sensational trip. I heavily reccommend this place to everyone.
Written 10 June 2024
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Polly
Warwickshire, UK380 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
We did this trip with our holiday tour operator and really pleased we did it. We were picked up from our hotel so we had the rep talking to us all the way about Vesuvius and Pompeii etc which was really interesting. I’d read tickets are hard to get if doing it yourself so this was a perfect solution.
I loved the views, and there are information boards on the way up.
We had 1.5 hours allotted and I really felt another half an hour or even an hour would have been better. I don’t think some people could have made it to the top bit of the path in that time, especially if you are stopping to take photos and get your breath!
It’s quite a steep challenging path, dusty and gravelly so harder down than up I thought. Some small steps too.
We walked in the morning before it got too hot, we didn’t need a jumper!
There are some portaloo toilets before you start your walk. And souvenir shops too.
The bus drive up to the start of the walk was lovely too, very green and lots of wild flowers, lovely.
Wear good grippy shoes!
The path circles the crater so you get numerous opportunities to peer down. So even if you can’t manage it all, you can still see in at the first viewpoint.
Written 9 June 2024
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sligoinian
Sligo, Ireland215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took this in combining a trip to Herculaneum as well .
We got the Train from Sorrento to Herculaneum and getting our Vesuvius Express combined ticket to Vesuvius it ran very smooth.A bit of a climb for me as i am not fit but i got here in the end it was well worth it .Its Total chaos where the buses drop you off there should be some form of traffic control with the buses rather than a free for all and a bigger parking area for buses to turn but overall a good experience
Written 2 June 2024
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KGU112
Lincolnshire, UK89 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We booked in advance, unfortunately (my fault) I didn’t expect it to be like Glastonbury and you need to book the second tickets release! I booked the day after and the only times left were 16:50 but still it stated you spent around 2 hours so I figured that would be fine.
We went after a long day at Pompeii and caught the EAV bus directly from Pompeii.
However on arrival we were informed the park closes at 17:00, so we were able to sty for 10 minutes! I challenge this as the website clearly states you need around 2 hours therefore why sell tickets after 3pm! However he was just rude and kept repeating we could have Come 20 minutes early with the ticket.
I was quite relieved as our 7 year old had had enough of the heat by this point so we left but in all honestly it’s not worth the effort in my opinion.
Written 2 June 2024
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Helen D
Boston, MA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took a train from Naples to Herculaneum, and did Vesuvius after.
We had bought tickets to Vesuvius online, and “checked in” at the organizers little office that is very visible after getting off the train from Naples.
After visiting Herculaneum, we took the bus ride (a little chaotic getting on, as not clearly organized). It’s a 20 min ride up the mountain. Have a photo of your ticket with the QR code as it can take a bit to log onto the WiFi once you try to present your ticket. It’s timed entry, they will make you wait if too early. Wear closed toe shoes and take your time. Impressive views!
Written 22 May 2024
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