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Day 31 - morning

Up the Volcano

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Today was a big day, so I'm only going to tell you about the morning, and the trip to the top of Mt Vesuvius. In the afternoon I went to Pompeii, and intend to go back tomorrow, so I'll tell you all about it in one hit.

Met a shuttle bus at the Pompeii train station, which took us to meet our mountain transport:

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My seatbelt didn't work, so the driver let me sit in the front seat next to him, which was fantastic. The ride took us through the forest on the lower slopes. The road is paved, but it's so damaged that it may as well not be! It was a very bumpy ride, and it's easy to see why they need these big 4x4 beasts. We passed some cyclists on the way up - I'd hate to do that trip!!

When we got to the drop off point, it was hot and hazy, and there were a few clouds hanging about, but the views were amazing, nonetheless.

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I'm pretty sure this is Pompeii below - easy to lose your bearings, but most of us agreed this was Pompeii

We still had some climbing (i.e. walking upwards) to do - about 700m apparently, though it did feel like quite a bit more!
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The track was good, although you could see it had needed repair in a few places where there had been slips
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The first view of the crater was pretty special
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And the view across to Monte Lattari (Lattari Mountains, north of Sorrento) has to be seen to be believed! I think the haze & clouds made it better...

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Further around the track towards the opposite side of the crater, we could look down on the city of Naples and the Bay of Naples
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Naples looked nice from there, but not so much when you zoom in:
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Yuck!

I was up there to check out the crater, so here's a few snaps of the inside and around the edge:
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Here's the bottom of the crater - don't be disappointed that there's no boiling lava!
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But here's proof that something's still brewing not too far below. Yes, that is steam!
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Discovered there is life up the volcano, albeit not much - heard this little guy scampering around and managed this shot:
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It was pretty amazing being level with the clouds - this one hung around for ages because there wasn't much of a breeze up there
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It was a great way to spend 3.5 hours, and I'd totally recommend it. It wasn't the easiest walk up to the crater, but I've done worse and the pay off is worth it, that's for sure! Even with the haze, the vistas are stupendous, and at the end of the day you're standing on the edge of a massive (and very famous) volcano. I learned about Pompeii and Vesuvius at high school, and this was something I never thought I'd ever get to do. What an experience to remember!

Posted by judesbucketlist 20:02 Archived in Italy Tagged volcanoes italy naples pompeii vesuvius

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