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Mount Vesuvius looms across the bay from Naples, 5.6 mi (9 kms) away from the city. It is the only mainland European volcano to have erupted in the last hundred years although it is currently sleeping. Most famously it erupted in 79 AD, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash, killing an estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people.

Today it is still regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes because 3 million people live nearby and Vesuvius' eruptions tend to be explosive rather than gentle. The last eruption was in March 1944 which destroyed several nearby villages.

Practical Info

Since 1995 Mount Vesuvius has been a national park and you can hike all the way to the summit. A road goes to within 660 ft (200 m) of the top. From there a spiral walkway around the mountain takes you to the crater. It can be a bit steep but there is a handrail and people providing walking sticks (for a price). Closed shoes are recommended as the path can be stony.

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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 693 Reviews

Experience legendary Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, on this fully guided day trip from Naples. Visit Pompeii’s ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.18

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1493 Reviews

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $183.41

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Leave Naples to explore the ancient city of Pompeii with a guide, and then drink in Amalfi Coast’s beauty from the comfort of your luxury coach! This full-day ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.34

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 15 Reviews

Visit the ruins of two fossilized ancient towns – Pompeii and Herculaneum – in one day on this must-do tour from Naples! After exploring Pompeii’s ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.18

Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Tour from Sorrento Including Hike, Lunch and Wine Tasting

Venture to the top of legendary Mt Vesuvius on this half-day tour from Sorrento. Board an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle for a fun, rugged ride through Vesuvius ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.34

3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri

4.5 star rating: Recommended 343 Reviews

Explore Italy’s scandalously beautiful Campania region on a 3-day southern Italy tour from Rome, with 4-star hotel accommodation in Sorrento included! After ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $563.91

Mt Vesuvius Half-Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Visit the volcano that destroyed Pompeii on this fascinating afternoon trip to Mt. Vesuvius from Naples. Traveling to the top of the only active volcano in ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.12

Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

Take a private tour of the famous ruins of Pompeii on this half-day trip from Naples. Italy's most famous archaeological site, Pompeii is an excavated city ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.77

Pompeii and Sorrento Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Discover the ancient, UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Pompeii and the beautiful small town of Sorrento with a local guide on this day trip from Naples. ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.34

Mt Vesuvius Tour from Sorrento

Venture to the top of Mt Vesuvius on this 4-tour from Sorrento. Enjoy a scenic journey along the coastline and through sun-baked southern Italian towns before ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.69

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