If you have a
vehicle, you can reach Mt. Vesuvius going through the motorway A3 Napoli
- Salerno till the exit
Torre del Greco:
the path, you can admire the
permanent exhibition Creator Vesevo. You meet
the Infopoint (see
photo). When you meet
the closed restaurant Zi' Rosa, turning right you can reach the historical Eremo hotel, the little churh of the Holy
Saviour, the old and new
Vesuvius Observatory. If you want to
reach the crater, instead, you have to go straight on, but the road divides
further: the right fork take to the ex-chair-lift (not more operating), where
there is a pleasant bar with a sight-seeing terrace.
By train, bus and taxi
If you do not have a vehicle, you can reach Mt. Vesuvius by public transport. If you come from Capodichino airport, you need to take the bus for the central station (Piazza Garibaldi). If you come to Naples by FS trains, you need to stop to Napoli Centrale station, too. Here, you have to take the Circumvesuviana Railway, and reach Ercolano-Scavi
station, where a taxi service is available. From
Naples (Piazza Piedigrotta) a bus service is avaible, until 1000 metres of altitude.
You could try the Busvia
del Vesuvio service, too.
Access to the crater
access to the crater is allowed, upon buying a ticket, accompanied by the
local volcanological guides. From
the ticket office starts a short trail 860 metres long, with a drop of 135
metres and an average slope of 14%, which in about 15-20 minutes arrives
on the west crater rim (1180 metres). The crater can be visited all the
year, except when weather forecast aren't good.
The crater presents inside a cavity over 300 metres deep, a circumference
of the crateral rim about 500 metres long. The path continues among
characteristic projections and briefly takes to the Capannuccia (1170
metres) and then to the highest point of Mt. Vesuvius (1281 metres). Shoes and dresses must be suitable for an excursion above 1000 metres
of altitude on unpared terrain.
Some informations could vary without notice.
For more accurate and
detailed information about the visit to Mt. Vesuvius, refer to the
official site of National Park of Vesuvius.