A few thoughts on Mt Vesuvius

Ciao Ragazzi!

I am three weeks into the academic year and I am already inundated with work, but I am trying really hard to keep up with this Blog! I have some quirky travel posts that I have planned and will be up over the coming weeks (tips, food, comparison etc), as well as some more beauty lifestyle posts (first impressions of products, product empties and a vegan food festival).

But, for today’s post I want to talk about Mt. Vesuvius and my next post (hopefully tomorrow or Friday, will be a comparison piece to Etna). So, let’s get cracking…..DSCN0051

Whilst on a family holiday to the Amalfi coast, Mt.Vesuvius made it onto our wish list. Mt Vesuvius is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, it completely buried Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD (more to come on these later). From Sorrento, a town on the Amalfi coast often used as a hub for travel over, we took the circumvesuviana line – the locals call it vesuviana –  and got a train to Ercolano. But, be prepared for a long journey though, some are high speed trains (get that if you can), but most will stop at every stop – a real inconvenience as there are many! I’d recommend bringing plenty of water and snacks as it will be a long day. And, that is just for the train itself!

Once you disembark from the train, you will have to pay about 10 euros to a coach company in order to reach the summit (here I would like to take the time to disclose a warning, not all of the prices I will give are 100% accurate, but where I can they will be). The coach journey takes roughly 20 minutes, and you will be sure to have your life in your hands every second, with narrow winding roads, a huge coach and a big drop down the other side. The coach will then drop you in what they will say is a ‘gradual up-hill 15 minute walk to the crater.’ I would’t call it gradual by any stretch of the imagination. But, before you can begin climbing, it’s 10 euros entry, a bit less for children, students and OAP’s. This is quite a pricey excursion, but it is a must for any visit to this reason. The coach will give you only roughly 90 minutes to climb to the ‘peak,’ and get back down again – so you’ll have to be quick! To get to the summit itself, doesn’t take to long, but it allows you to walk around the crater fully, around the crater there are little shops where you can pick up a souvenir and an ice-cold drink! The walk itself can be agonizing on a hot day and for those of you who are not fit enough for the climb, then sit back, relax and enjoy these views. The view inside the crater can be disappointing for some tourists, but if I saw lava spewing out the sides, I’d be running the other way.

My next post, will be a comparison to Vesuvius and Etna, as well as a comparison of Pompeii and Herculaneum itself. Let me know what you thought of Vesuvius or any if you’re planning on going.

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Ciao for now,

Hope

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