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Climb Mount Vesuvius, Italy

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Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times.

On-board there will be someone who will sell the adult tickets to the Mount Vesuvius park entrance. This is the ticket for hiking up the crater. If you buy it on-board it is 6 Euro and if you buy at the Mount Vesuvius then it is 6.50 Euro

Nowadays Vesuvius is mostly considered safe to climb and you can trek to the crater of the mountain which looks like something you would find on the surface of the moon. Although it’s an active volcano, that doesn’t mean it could suddenly start spewing out lava while you’re halfway up. Before a volcano like this has any activity, there are warning signs. Technology these days means you’re going to be able to predict an eruption at least two weeks in advance. You will need a moderate degree of fitness and it may take you longer if you’re not used to hiking uphill. The easiest way to get to the starting point for the hike is with a tour or transfer. The trek up the hill isn’t especially difficult, especially if you don’t try to do it too quickly. 

Needless to say the views from the top are breathtaking and the hike is suitable for a range of abilities.

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