In this trip to Mount Vesuvius, our goal was to make a half day drip from Naples, Italy to hike and tour the Italian Volcano- known to the locals as Monte Vesuvio. The giant visual landmark of Mt. Vesuvius makes for a picturesque view from just about every balcony in Naples. You can also visit the volcano on a day trip from Rome, Salerno, Sorrento, or any town on the Amalfi Coast.
If you are visiting Mount Vesuvius by car, you will simply need to drive to Vesuvius National Park and pay a 10 Euro fee to enter.
Here are driving directions from Approach Guides, as well as details on how to get to Mount Vesuvius from Naples via local bus.
Or, use this direct link to the Vesuvius Express shuttle bus and cruise up to the volcano with a group of fellow travelers.
If you aren’t able to drive to Mount Vesuvius, there are plenty of day tours from Rome and Naples that combine the trip with a tour of the Pompeii ruins. These combo tours are a great way to see both the ancient ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum, AND the giant volcano that buried them in 79AD.
Here is a link to get you started > Tour of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
And of course, watch my VIDEO for a fun adventure and a handful of facts about Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.
We arrived near the end of the day so parking on Mt. Vesuvius was easy. Look for a spot on the side of the road between the Vesuvius tour busses. The higher you can find this spot the better, but if the park is crowded you may need to park lower down and walk up the hill a bit.
Once at Vesuvius National Park we encountered plenty of jewelry and souvenirs made from ‘ Mount Vesuvius lava’.
The bracelets were fun and at about 3 to 10 euro made great gifts for your friends.
The Mount Vesuvius hike was fairly steep but ended up only taking about 20 minutes. Watch the AMaeTV video exclusive to see all the beautiful views from Mount Vesuvius and tips on shoes to wear on your Mount Vesuvius hike >
At the top of the volcano, we found an amazing view and plenty of places to rest, although no bathrooms.
We did, however, find some delicious Italian refreshments!
Vesuvius National Park closes around 7pm, or slightly before sunset, so we had to scurry out towards the end. Still, arriving in the late afternoon was a nice choice and made for a relaxing tour of Mount Vesuvius from Naples, Italy.
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