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The Archaeological Park of Pompeii (including the sites of Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale) and the Vesuvius will remain closed until April 3 in accordance with the "Contrast and containment measures throughout national territory aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus", regulated by the Prime Ministerial Decree of the 8th March 2020 - Art. 2, Letter D, that suspends the opening of all museums and places of state culture.

Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is one of only two active volcanos in Continental Europe and stands about 1281 meters tall, with a symmetrical central cone and steep wooden slopes. The whole of the Mount Vesuvius National Park is both beautiful and productive, dotted with small farms and wineries planted with heirloom varietals boasting a unique terroir. Visiting the crater is a must, and tourists from across the globe climb the path each year to peer into its depths.

The curious have been climbing the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since the 1600s, as the crater was considered one of the more "exotic" stops on the Grand Tour, attracting tourists from northern Europe who had never seen a volcano.
Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the ruins of Pompeii were discovered by chance, and a trip to Pompeii-Vesuvius became a cultural attraction, as well. Many travellers who were drawn to the unearthed city also wanted to see the volcano that had destroyed it, and excursions up the mountainside were a huge draw.
From the 18th century to today, hiking up Mount Vesuvius is one of the most popular activities in the area; the Volcanological Observatory, founded in 1841, and the official Mountain Guide Association, founded in 1855, have expert guides able to accompany tourists up the final stretch of the mountain trail.

Still today, the most popular route among visitors is the trail up the highest reaches of the cone to the rim of the crater, a stretch that is not particularly difficult, can be undertaken by anyone, and does not require hiking experience.
The trail is about 4 km up and back, with a change in altitude of about 140 meters and an average slope of 14%; the trail reaches 1,170 meters above sea level.

There are buses and shuttles that climb the lower slope of Mount Vesuvius, stopping at the ticket office at 1,050 meters above sea level. The trail begins here, offering views of the Vesuvius park overlooking the Tirone Reserve, the Bay of Naples, and the Campanian Plain. About halfway up the trail you can begin to see Punta Nasone and, on the opposite side, Cognoli di Ottaviano towering over the Valle dell’Inferno. Continue along the broom-lined route to the short climb under maritime pines and birch trees to the Forest Service Post. Pass this to the crater rim with its breathtaking view over the entire Bay of Naples, Pompeii ruins, and Apennine mountains of Molise and Abruzzo.

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Getting to Mount Vesuvius

You can reach the Mount Vesuvius National Park by car or with one of the bus services from Pompeii or Herculaneum.
If you are arriving by car, take the A3 Napoli-Salerno highway to the Torre del Greco or Herculaneum exit, and follow the signs for Vesuvio. At 800 meters above sea level, there is an unstaffed parking area that costs EUR 5 for all day. Shuttles to the ticket office depart from here, and cost EUR 2 round trip (free for children). We suggest taking the shuttle as it is a tough climb from the parking area to the ticket office, and it's best to save your energy for the trail!
By public transport, you can take the bus or shuttle from the Circumvesuviana Pompei – Villa dei Misteri stop or the Circumvesuviana Ercolano Scavi stop; buses and shuttles cost about EUR 22 round trip (entrance to the park included) and take you directly to the ticket office that is about 200 meters below the trail head for the crater. There are also EAV bus routes between the Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius every 50 minutes.

Visita al cratere del Vesuvio - Orari e giorni di apertura

  • January, February, November, December - daily from 9am to 3pm
  • March and October - daily from 9am to 4pm
  • April, May, June, September - daily from 9am to 5pm
  • July and August - daily from 9am to 6pm

Barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, the trail to the crater is open all year round, including Sundays and holidays.

Visita al cratere - Prezzi

  • EUR 10: adults
  • EUR 8: students
  • Free: children shorter than 120 centimeters; disabled and companion
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Tours of Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Naples

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Goldentours - Tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius Most popular Verified

Departure from: Sorrento

Tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius

€ 47 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • Visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii in a single day
  • English-speaking guide all day
  • Direct transfer from your hotel
Very good (205)
Top Excursion Sorrento - Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Tour Bestsellers Verified

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento, Positano

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Tour

Da € 320 EUR 40/hour for extra time € 340 -6%

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • A tour by private, air-conditioned car departing from Sorrento, Positano, or Naples with an experienced, English-speaking driver.
Excellent (225)
Eurolimo - Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius: Archaeological Tour Bestsellers Verified

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius: Archaeological Tour

Da € 347 Per vehicle € 380 -9%

Duration 8 hours

Free cancellation

  • This private car service is the only way to visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum together with Mount Vesuvius in one day.
Excellent (376)
Sunland Travel - Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Group Tour from Amalfi Coast Bestsellers Verified

Departure from: Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Praiano, Maiori, Minori

Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Group Tour from Amalfi Coast

€ 52 per guest

Duration 8 hours

  • Group tour of 8 hours to discover the ancient Pompeii and the Mount Vesuvius accompanied by an expert guide. Transportation on board of GT bus with pick-up by minibus from several towns of the Amalfi Coast.
WorldTours - Mt. Vesuvius Tour with Wine Tasting - From Pompeii Most popular Verified

Departure from: Pompeii

Mt. Vesuvius Tour with Wine Tasting - From Pompeii

€ 55 per guest

Duration 4 hours

  • Taste Lacryma Christi, traditional wine from Mt, Vesuvius
  • Explore the crater on Mt. Vesuvius
  • See the highlights of this famous mountain in one day
Excellent (2170)

Departure from: Positano

Skip-the-line Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour from Positano

€ 109 per guest

Duration 8 hours (Morning)

Free cancellation

  • Visit Pompeii and Vesuvius with a professional guide
  • Round-trip transportation from Positano
  • Skip-the-line tickets included
Excellent (855)
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