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Pompeii & Vesuvius

The ancient city of Pompeii was buried along with its inhabitants during a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. The culprit for this disaster was Mount Vesuvius. A volcano that is still active today and is only 9 km away from Naples. It is still uncertain when it will awaken from its deep sleep. Until then, however, you can discover Vesuvius and Pompeii, which has been excavated and restored over many years! But be quick! You never know what time will bring...

30/09/2018

dear(travel)diary,

we went straight to Vesuvius twice. But only because the Vesuvio National Park was closed the first time. It was too windy at the top of the crater. But the trip wasn't completely unnecessary! Instead, we went to Pompeii and explored the ancient city. The cool wind was perfect for our visit to Pompeii, as we spent hours walking around there. The ancient city was buried in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. We just found it so interesting to learn more about the amazing history. Pompeii is so well preserved thanks to the ongoing restoration work. We could picture how people lived here hundreds of years ago!

On our second visit, we did manage to climb Mount Vesuvius, which is responsible for the fate of Pompeii and the towns of Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis. This time we had checked the weather conditions on the official website of the national park beforehand! I really wanted to visit Vesuvius because I'd never been to a volcano before. In the end, however, it wasn't really all that interesting. The entrance fee to see the crater wasn't really worth it... Well, we did have a wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples from up there!

The Phlegraean Fields would probably have been a bit more interesting than Vesuvius. This area to the west of Naples has a high level of volcanic activity and is considered Europe's supervolcano. Gas emissions can occur again and again. As a result, the ground can become very hot. What's more, the soil is sometimes yellow in color due to the volcanic activity! And there is even a campsite in the Solfatara volcanic crater! We'll just pitch our tent there next time... if there isn't a major eruption by then.

xx Chiara

Pompeii

Admission to the Parco Archeologico di Pompei costs 14.50 EUR. However, the ticket prices for young adults (EU citizens up to the age of 25) are cheaper! That's why we paid 9 EUR. However, even the more expensive entrance fee is worth it, we promise!

Combined tickets can also be purchased to visit the ancient cities of Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis. We didn't get to see these cities ourselves due to time constraints, but our neighbors at the campsite highly recommended them to us.

You can find out the exact opening times here.


 

Mount Vesuvius

In addition to the crater, you can also visit the museum and historical buildings at Vesuvius. There are also hiking opportunities. However, we only visited the crater and walked up the main path. If you are too lazy to walk, you can also take a cab. However, the cab fares are not cheap.

The ticket price for visiting the crater is also expensive at EUR 10 per person. However, there is a discount of EUR 2 for young adults (up to the age of 25).

You can find out about the current opening times, which also depend on the weather conditions, here.


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