The entrance charge to Vesuvius National Park is 10 euros, which is not included in the price of any private transportation operator. Children under the height of 1.2m do not need to purchase a ticket. In addition, that ticket includes a guide in either Italian or English. It will take around 1:30 hours to visit the crater. There are two main trails you can follow depending on how far you want to go inside the volcano.
The first one starts from the Crater Visitor's Center and goes up to the edge of the caldera (the area within the volcano where the lava flow out past its normal boundary). From there, you can continue up the side of the mountain or turn back down. The trail is quite steep in some places and has many hairpin turns, but it's only about 100 meters long.
The second one starts from the Sulfur Works Museum near the end of the Crater Visitor's Center path and goes all the way to the top of the volcano. It's usually done as a round trip, but it's possible to stop at different points along the way for views or photo opportunities. The sulfur works museum is worth a visit if you're interested in volcanoes and their effects on Earth's environment.
Vesuvius is always on the alert because its last eruption was in 1944, but right now it's not active.
30–45 minutes. I would allow 30 to 45 minutes to get from Pompeii to Vesuvius. You go to a point where you have to pay to enter the park, roughly E10, and then park on the side of the road with a 5-minute walk to the entrance. I believe the entrance fee was around E15 to E20, with a 25-to-40-minute trek to the crater. More than a year ago, I went with my family and managed the hike in about 3 hours.
The path is well maintained, but it's also easy, so feel free to bring your kids. There are several benches along the way where you can sit down and drink some water or eat some snacks. I wouldn't recommend wearing high heels, since there are some areas where you have to cross small streams.
Upon reaching the end of the path, you will see some signs pointing toward the crater. Follow them until you reach a gate that blocks off the trail. Here you need to pay another entry fee of E25 for vehicles and E35 for motorcycles. The people at the counter will explain to you how much time you have spent traveling to the crater. If you have taken longer than this, they will tell you when you can return.
After paying, you will receive a ticket that is valid for one week. You can come back any time during this period if you want to visit the site again.
Vesuvius is active and an eruption is likely to happen at any time.
The Mount Vesuvius National Park as a whole is both attractive and fruitful, with small farms and vineyards planted with heritage varietals that have a distinct terroir. The crater is a must-see, and people from all over the world walk the trail each year to stare into its depths. If you're up for some hiking, check out the park's other trails too!
There are several hotels in Pompeii but only one has an actual view of Vesuvius - the others look out over streets filled with tourists. If you're interested in staying in a more tranquil location, there are also B&Bs in the surrounding area.
Mt. Vesuvius is a sacred mountain for Christians; it was here that Jesus performed many miracles before his crucifixion. Today, pilgrims travel from around the world to see the site where he preached - if you get the chance, don't miss out on this experience!