You will be riding on the slopes of the Volcano Vesuvius for about 30 minutes. Marvel at the views of the bay of Naples: the northern islands of Ischia and Procida; the Cape Misenum, a peninsula which once hosted 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; also visible in a distance is the beautiful island of Capri.
After a quick drive on the highway, we will exit 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 colonizes the lava stone.
At the mid-height we are driving next to the lava slide dating back the 1944 eruption: a black solid flow covered by some whitish lichens endemic to the Vesuvius: the Stereocaulum Vesuvianum. Further up, we will see the building of the most ancient Volcanological Observatory of the World, dating back to 1845 during the Kingdom of the Bourbons of Naples.
Once reached the parking area, at 1000 mt. (3280 ft.), we can purchase tickets and start the walk up to the top. The climbing takes about 30 minutes. On the very top, you are allowed walking around half of the rim of the crater of Mt Vesuvius.
Please be aware that the admission fee includes a brief commentary given by the local guides on a small shared tour.
Looking down into the crater you can see the “Gran Cono”, some geysers and the different volcanic deposits.
Take the same path to go back to your driver who will be waiting for you within the parking area.
Your Private Tour to Mount Vesuvius will end at the same place it started unless differently requested.