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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  • 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 July 30, 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 August 4, 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 August 5, 2023
  • ZWellington
    155 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 August 14, 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 September 15, 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 September 21, 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 September 28, 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 September 29, 2023
  • Steven R
    Wales, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience but remember no toilets!
    Amazing place. You can’t not go. The views are stunning and if you have already been to Pompeii or Herculaneum then a walk up the volcano kind of ties the whole thing together. You can peer into the cone itself, smell the sulphur and see steam and gas reminding you it’s merely sleeping. It’s a privilege to get the opportunity to the chance to stand on a volcano and remember the insignificance of all our lives. Remember this is Naples so it’s a bit chaotic , there are gift shops everywhere and NO TOILETS. Don’t let that put you off, just bear it in mind and plan ahead. The cafe opposite Ercolano train station has great ice cream and a very clean toilet.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Karim Maarouf
    Cairo, Egypt861 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views
    I came here as part of a guided tour to both Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. I think this is the best, albeit much more expensive way to visit. It seems organizing transportation on your own and then trying to buy a ticket is very difficult and frustrating. Being part of a tour, we didn't have to worry about any of that and were able to enjoy the visit. The hike up to the crater wasn't too difficult and the views along the way and inside the crater were fantastic. You can go all around the crater, but we didn't have much time to do the whole cycle and it didn't seem that necessary anyway.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 21, 2023
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Constantin D
Boras, Sweden41 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Vesuvius itself is amazing, the organization and the care for tourists are a huge shame.

The tickets can be bought only online, which is fine.

The problems is that they are valid only 30 minutes after that chosen time. And this is a huge issue for many because:

1. The road getting there is poorly indicated with road signs.
2. You have to leave your car in a improvised parking few km away from the entrance and take a shuttle (2 euros pp) to the cone and back. The shuttle doesn't have any clear schedule. It leaves when it is full. (This info doesn't appear on the website:)
3. Once at the gate, there is absolutely no internet connection around either by mobile phone or wifi. So, if you thought that you could show the tickets on your email, forget about that. (This info doesn't appear either on the website.)
3 a. Oh, there are signs marked "free wifi", but the wifi is simply dead.
4. If you try to enter 31 minutes after the booked time... you are simply invited to buy new tickets and to forget about the expensive tickets you already bought.

Nobody absolutely nobody cares about your protests and your money. You are simply suggested to call the National Park if you are unhappy. I tried... nobody picked up the phone there. The call was cut after 1 minute.

We managed to be there 25 minutes after the booked time but, because of lack of internet, we could show them the tickets 9 minutes later... and that thanks to the kindness of a souvenirs seller who shared his own internet connection with us.

Anyway, 36 minutes after the booked time was way too late and the only thing we could go was to drive back to Napoli, together with two very sad kids, after we offered an 42 euros present to the Vesuvius National Park.

Many, really many tourists (most of the foreigners) were in the same situation.
Written July 19, 2020
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Nat D
Ostend, Belgium20 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Couples
We bought tickets online to visit the crater on 28/7 we followed instructions on the website on taking the public transport (bus in Pompei at piazza anfiteatro) Normally there was a bus leaving at 9:40 am but we waited and no bus came. Someone from a commercial tourist office further in the street told us that because of Covid 19 in these summermonths there is no public transport from pompei to the Vesuvius. They then tried to sell us private transfer for 70 euro back and forth, which offcourse we declined. Because we have read that sometimes these commercial offices say there are no buses so they can sell you tickets for their tour, we went to the official tourism office (at the corner of piazza Bartolongo Longo and via Sacea) for more information. There they confirmed that there are no public buses going to Vesuvius from Pompei this summer, but there is a shuttle transfer from Ercolano which you could reach by train from Pompei Vesuviano station. We recommend going to the official tourist office for information beforehand because the information Webfeeds found online concerning the transport was not correct. On the public busstop there was no notification that the bus didn't drove and a lot of tourists missed their entry slot for the Vesuvius because of that. I am including a picture of the timetable at the busstop in Pompei.
Written July 28, 2020
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jane I
Wakefield, UK77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
It’s a bit of a faff to organise and you need to build in contingency for not that reliable trains but worth it . Must get tickets on line before you go. Preserve with the website chucks you out a couple of times and makes you register with lots of authentication codes but will work eventually.
We got a slot for 1.00 pm and this means you can arrive half an hour before or after but actually on the day it was quiet and we had built in so much extra time to get there they let us in an hour early. The EAV public bus stops right outside Pompeii scavi train station and was on time . You have to pay on board. 3.20 euros each way very reasonable. Do not take a taxi ! They were charging 70 euros each to sit in a minibus taxi such a rip off. The walk up the crater is fine and worth the amazing views into the crater was a bit of steam and sulphur . It’s not the best volcano been up but it’s so iconic of the area worth going to.
Written September 17, 2020
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Sn0d
Kent20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We journeyed from Sorrento to Pompei by train alighting at Pompei Scavi which is at the entrance to the ruins of Pompei. We dropped our bags at the left luggage facility at Scavi station, which is a useful feature of many European stations not commonly found in the UK. We then dodged the hard sell from a man with a lanyard who appeared to be an official ushering people to a ticket office within the station to collect tickets for the ruins (we had previously bought ours at the entrance) and who insisted we took the 8-seater van for only 5€ per person each way as the bus would be full and we would have to stand. The bus arrived late, as do most things in Italy it would seem, but despite being at the back of the queue, we were seated and set off with the 8-seater still parked. It is 45 minutes to the top as the bus wends its way first on motorway then on winding road to the car park 200m below the summit. Tickets to the volcano were offered on the bus by a woman who hopped on at our arrival, who could well have been genuine, but we opted for the 100m downhill walk to the official ticket office where we paid 10€ each. The walk is demanding, but we took our time and stopped once or twice to catch breath. Pick a cloudless day as the views will take your mind off the climb, and it's very much worth the workout when you make it to the top. We inadvertently boarded a bus on the way back which took us to a different stop in Pompei, but only 15 minutes walk to Scavi Station where we started. You may find this route a preferable alternative to the outward journey described here. I would predict a very different experience in the hotter and busier months of Summer.
Written February 22, 2020
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Jen M
Shrewsbury, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Worth a visit if your in the area, great views
From the top!
Make sure you book tickets online in advance,
You cannot but tickets at the entrance and will find yourself having made a wasted journey. You must buy off the Ercolano National Park website (VivaTicket), and they will then email you instantly a PDF ticket to scan yourself In when you get to Vesuvius.

If Driving there, You can park in the Car park and pay for for the shuttle bus to the ticket style, €2 per person return.
Once at the ticket style and scanned your ticket it’s about a 20 mins walk to the top -
Very dusty, recommend closed toe shoes no sandals.

You will have a blast!
Written September 13, 2020
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Andrea M
London, UK32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The terrible circumvesuviana train was delayed so we missed our time slot and had to get another ticket (we didn’t get a refund for the first ticket).
Vesuvio Express from Ercolano Scavi is a terrible service. Rude, uninformative, and they give inconsistent pricing. I wish there was another way for people without a car to reach the start of the trail, because definitely I would not recommend Vesuvio Express. Unfortunately they have a monopoly (no taxi drivers in sight, no public transport surprisingly). Once you reach the 1000 meters platform by bus, then you can start hiking up. Amazing views of the Gulf of Naples, but to be fair the volcano is rather unimpressive. Good for the view, but definitely not worth the price (12€!) to go up. Better see the view from Posillipo!
Written July 30, 2020
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Lisa
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
You have to book your ticket to get to the vesuv online BEFORE your visit! We were lucky and booked the ticket in advance but we met a lot of people who didn‘t have tickets and made all the way up there for nothing because they don‘t sell ANY tickets at the entrance!!

You can drive to the entrance of the national park only as close as 2.5km. Then you need to park your car and walk the rest or take a shuttle taxi for 2€ (up and down). Once you‘ve reached the entrance it takes you another 900m (very steep part) to get to the vesuv!

As someone NOT speaking italien I suggest you to NOT book a „guided tour“. We booked one and waited half an hour at the sign which says „meeting point guided tours“. No one paid us any attention until we finally approached someone to give us a tour. The „guide“ briefly told us something about the landscape and quickly left us on our own. Meanwhile the italien groups were guided along the vesuv including demonstrations with some pictures etc. Unfortunately, we were feeling like second class tourists!
So better spend the money on some nice food than the „guided tour“ at the vesuv!

Other than that, the vesuv is very beautiful to look at and you have a wonderful view on naples and the whole golf of naples!
Written August 14, 2020
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Roxana_Anghel
Munich, Germany25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The sight and volcano are 5 stars, but some of services on site are worth 1 star. Gorgeous location, breathtaking views, and kind guides.

However, as others have mentioned, the people offering the shuttle service from the parking and the quality of the transfer are very low. The shuttle cars are in a very poor condition , the drivers do not wear masks (writing this review during the pandemic); we even had a driver smoking and drinking his coffee while driving us back to the parking. If you need to take the shuttle because of physical effort (understandable) I’d recommend at least not to use this lousy service round-trip and walk the way back on foot.

The online experience to purchase the tickets could also be improved in order to make it easier to see the available days/ time slots.
Written August 18, 2020
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Barry M
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Buy your tickets in Advance!! There appears to be some type of scam going on at the top if you are not prepared. I sat and watched numerous families get to the top by EAV bus without tickets and endure the same scam as my family. You get to the top thinking you can just buy tickets there, but the only way to get them once at the top are online.

Once the EAV bus leaves the top, the guys at the only entrance to the park tell you that you have to buy your tickets online.... So, you frantically start trying to catch a cell signal or try joining the free and very poor WiFi out there to buy your tickets. The problem is that the guy that owns the stand nearby has already counted the number of people needing tickets and has went online and bought out all the tickets during the next few time-slots. No worries though... He will sell them to you for a €5 premium and email you the bar code so that you can enter the park. Now you've paid €15 for a €10 ticket.

The hike to Vesuvius was great. 5 stars! Just be warned about the ticket scam that’s occurring at the top! Buy your tickets in advance!
Written August 29, 2020
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Z4953HGRW
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Don’t bother. You can’t get tickets anywhere and you are told you have to buy them online but, you can’t buy them online. We took an airtight greenhouse on wheels (masquerading as a bus) up to the entrance when dozens of people were told they needed to buy tickets online even though you can’t buy them online. While waiting for the airtight greenhouse to take us back to the car park not a single person managed to get a ticket so everyone got in the greenhouse back down again.

A viable alternative would be to drive around the local rubbish dump or landfill site because that’s all Vesuvius is - I’ve never seen so much fly tipping - fridges, mattresses, building rubble, bin bags, wipes. It’s a disgrace, especially considering it’s supposed to be a National Park.
Written August 21, 2020
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