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Vesuvio National Park, Ottaviano

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The only active volcano on the European mainland, Vesuvio National Park is best known for its dramatic eruption in 79 CE, which led to the destruction of ancient cities Herculaneum and Pompeii. The volcano is now the centerpiece of a national park, established in 1995 to prevent further development in the area. The summit of the volcano is open to visitors, with a network of well-maintained paths around the mountain. An access road can get you to about 200 m (660 ft) from the summit (measured vertically), but after that access is on foot only. A spiral walkway leads up the final section of the climb, from the road to the rim of the crater. On a sunny day, you'll have sweeping views of the surrounding area, stretching all the way to the Bay of Naples. Work out when and for how long to visit Vesuvio National Park and other Ottaviano attractions using our handy Ottaviano trip itinerary website.
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  • We hiked to the crater from Ottaviano and we wanted to buy tickets there. But 2 rude man were coming front of us and they were shouted: "go back", and "you have to rispect the rules". They said we... 
    We hiked to the crater from Ottaviano and we wanted to buy tickets there. But 2 rude man were coming front of us and they were shouted: "go back", and "you have to rispect the rules". They said we...  more »
  • Hiking in the National park is gorgeous. There is excellent and impossible-to-find-via-a search-engine map with the hikes. Tripadvisor cannot follow their own guidelines and do not allow the link... 
    Hiking in the National park is gorgeous. There is excellent and impossible-to-find-via-a search-engine map with the hikes. Tripadvisor cannot follow their own guidelines and do not allow the link...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing. Breathless view, heavenly landscapes. Great weather not to hot and not to cold, October is one of the best month and perfect for the climb. Be there and feel the power of the Vesuvio with his thousands years is something extraordinary. From the Vesuvius’ cone you can see and control everything like a king from his throne. He is one of the Naples symbols and honor. You must visit one time in your life and you will never regret it.
  • Yet another very popular place to go and explore. A steep climb at first, but levels off. There are food vendors at the bottom and at the top. Best to wear good sturdy shoes. Great location for many pictures, and enjoying the many views. Best to go to the bathroom beforehand. There are guides available up top, but are not really necessary. Enjoy.

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