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4 hours

Private tour to Mount Vesuvius, the Volcano that 2 millenniums ago buried several roman settlements such as Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Certainly the most observed and amongst the most dangerous volcanoes of the planet.

Climb up and enter the myth…

Climbing Mount Vesuvius – Walking Tour details:

INCLUDED Mercedes vehicle with professional driver; all taxes, parking fee, fuel and pay tolls
EXTRA Admission fees to the National Park
OPTIONAL Guide half day
MEETING PLACE Naples. Let us know where. Port/Hotel/Railway Station
ADDITIONAL INFO The walk up top takes about 30 minutes on an irregular path mostly made of ashes; for those not willing to do it, there is a café by the car park.
If requested you can book a tour guide from the beginning of the tour, otherwise once on the top there will be geologists giving a short introduction also in English; this shared commentary takes place every half hour and it is included in the entrance fee.
This tour can be combined with Herculaneum, Pompeii or Naples.


Practical info

This Private Tour to Mount Vesuvius is also available as a shore excursion from the Port of Naples, Sorrento or Salerno. If you come from Rome Leisure Italy can pick you up the railway station in Naples.
You will be riding on the slope of the Volcano Vesuvius for  about 20 minutes. On the left you will see the volcano and the oldest Volcanic Observatory of the Planet, on the right you have the bay of Naples: the northern islands of Ischia and Procida;  the Cape Misenum, a peninsula which hosted once the roman fleet, famous for being the point of observation for the big eruption of Pompeii in 79 AD by the admiral of the roman fleet Pliny the Elder; and the beautiful island of Capri.

Flow of the day

After a quick ride on the highway we will get off at Torre del Greco and start driving uphill on the side of the volcano. On the way up there are chances to observe some volcanic rocks and the flora that colonises the lava stone. At mid height we are driving next to the lava slide form 1944 eruption: a black solid flow covered by some whitish lichens peculiar to the Vesuvius: the Stereocaulum Vesuvianum. Also we will see the building of the oldest volcanological observatory of the Planet, dating back to the bourbon kingdom.
Once reached the parking lot, at 1000 mt. (3000 ft), you will leave the car, purchase tickets and start the walk up top. This is not a hard walk, but it does climb up for about 20 minutes. Walking uphill you dominate the bay of Naples, recognising its northern islands (Ischia and Procida).
Once on the top you can explore half of the border of the crater.
Looking down into the crater you can see the “Gran Cono”, some geysers and the different volcanic deposits.
Looking outside you will enjoy the most spectacular view: the whole bay of Naples, Capri, the Peninsula of Sorrento and if you are lucky enough with the weather you can see the excavations of Pompeii from the top.

Your Private Tour to Mount Vesuvius will end at the same place it started unless differently requested.

  • Pick-up and drop-off in Naples
  • All transportation
  • Visit to the cameo factory upon request
  • Optional Private Guide

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
10th September 2017

Giuseppe was a WONDERFUL tour guide – his English was easy to understand, his knowledge of the area & sites unparalleled, and he even took us to a FANTASTIC restaurant for lunch (with beautiful views & the best Caprese we’ve ever had!). Our tour of Pompeii was fascinating & our climb to the top of Vesuvius exhilarating – thank you for the awesome tour!!!

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