Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip

Hi all,

I mentioned in my previous travel Thursday post that while we were in Rome, we decided to take a day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. The details on the tour company and our guides are at the end of this post.

We started by meeting the company in Piazza Del Popolo for 7:30 am. We then rode the coach bus for about 3 hours to the entrance to Mount Vesuvius, which is 300 metres away from the top. This means we had to hike those remaining 300 metres. It was a difficult hike, seeing as it is uphill and the path isn’t paved; it’s all tiny rocks. As difficult as it was, it was SO worth the view. Once you get to the top, there are three gift shops, the third one being the furthest and highest.

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The line of dirt in about the middle of the picture is the path the lava took!

We saw the crater (pictured below), which stretches about 1km wide.

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Once at the top, we had a beautiful view of the bay of Naples, and could even see the island of Capri, as well as Sorrento.

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View from the top of Mount-Vesuvius. The island of Capri is the right most one.
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Michael and I at the top.

It was so cool to think that these beautiful islands were in “sight” distance. We spent about 15 minutes at the top and then made our way back down.

FYI, there is so much dust and sand; my socks and shoes were FILTHY after the hike.

After our hike we got back on the bus and drove about 15 minutes to get to the restaurant where we had delicious Neapolitan pizza.

We then headed to Pompeii, where we were met at the entrance by a guide. I don’t normally like to have guides accompany my sightseeing, but I thought in this case it was worth it; I felt like I learned so much more than if I had walked around myself.

Being there was so impressive. Standing in a place that you learn and read about in school, and that has stood the test of time is something belitting but empowering all at once.

We didn’t take many pictures here, we were so tired from all the walking and the super intense heat!

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The area where Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii are located is famous for its Limoncello because of the size of the lemons they grow!

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We had booked this tour through Viator with City Wonders and we had Antonella and Luca as our guides, and Antonio as the driver. This tour included the transport by bus, the entrance to Mount Vesuvius, lunch and the entrance to Pompeii with a tour guide. I would highly recommend to do some sort of tour if you’re planning to go for a day, especially if you’re in Rome, since it’s about 3 hours away.

I’m really happy we chose to do this; everything was so well organized. From the pick up, to taking the pizza selection on the bus before arriving to the restaurant, to the distribution of the audio guides for the Pompeii tour; it was all perfect. I highly recommend you check out City Tours.

This day excursion was the perfect end to a wonderful 2.5 week trip, and a wonderful way to end our four days of time alone in Rome.

I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Marilyn

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