I’m not going to bad mouth Mount Vesuvius, because at the end of the day, this is obviously a pretty significant landmark for the area. However, there isn’t much to see when you get to the top and the amount of money you pay to walk through put me off.
You’ll end up winding back and forth on a road that will lead you to a small check point and some Italians requesting for money to get a parking pass. Don’t be discouraged if Google Maps kind of “stops.” There is no other way but up and down so you won’t get lost. I recommend going AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE because you will be fighting for awkward street parking and racing the people who are taking buses up to the entrance. We wanted to make a morning out of it and get our walk in, but it was a pain in the ass dealing with buses on the side of us and it disrupted the stillness in the air. You’ll walk for a bit until you have another entry point, where you’ll have to pay and additional 10 euro per person to keep walking. Oh and then you have to pay a euro or two to use the restrooms. If you’re not wanting to go up or down on foot, there’s an additional five euros for that too… so all in all look to spend on average for the day, 30 euro if you decide to opt on transportation and you and your plus one has to use the bathroom.
There was a ton of gravel so don’t wear sandals. I wore sneakers and even then I was sliding around. FYI All Birds were not the way to go for this walk. The shoes got really warm and have next to no grip.
Once you get to the top you kind of look in and go… that’s it? Dave went off and scooped up some dirt for his sister while I tried climbing around on some benches to look in. There are tons of weird little beetles flying around at the top. You get a pretty nice view, but be mindful of the weather. When we drove down we saw that the top of the mountain was COVERED by clouds by the afternoon and there was no way anyone at the top saw the sea and the rest of Naples. So again, head their early! We traveled during the summer so it was eventually a little warm. Other blogs have mentioned bringing small jackets, but once you get moving you warm up quickly.
What I’m wearing
My top is hand-knitted from Pico Vela. The fabric is made from bamboo fibers and linen so even when it’s a little muggy out, I felt like I wasn’t sweating through the fabric. My pants are vintage and lightweight which I bought from Shop Kaleidos, one of my favorite boutiques in Virginia. I love All Birds because I can wear them without socks and they’re not supposed to stink, and they feel like you’re walking on pillows. However, as mentioned before, not good for anything close to strenuous. They’re meant to be worn leisurely, so it worked walking everywhere else in Italy.
I believe we left our Airbnb around 8 AM, then we got there around 9 AM and headed back down to our lunch that started at 12:30 PM. It takes about 35 minutes up and down so plan for an hour or more for driving if you decide to eat where we did. Don’t pull off to any of the pizza places on the way down that have employees shouting you out from the road. That’s an indicator that they don’t get enough business and the food may not be good.
Check out the blog for where we at in the are HERE!