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kelkel 06-29-2007 06:48 PM

Is it possible to do all 3 of these sites in one day? Our ship docks at 6 AM and we need to be back on the ship by 7:15 PM. We would be doing it on our own.

drlivingston 06-29-2007 07:16 PM

It can be done... Hiring private transportation makes it easier. But, all things considered, it can easily be done...

kelkel 06-29-2007 07:35 PM

Dr. Livingston:
We would like to be at Pompeii when it opens. What would you recommend our timetable be and what would you visit 2nd and 3rd?

kelkel 06-30-2007 07:33 AM

I have had several others tell me that Vesuvius isn't worth climbing as the view of the crater is usually under the clouds. What is your view?

smart424 07-01-2007 11:41 PM

@kelkel,
check Pompeij or Herculaneum for the opening hours. And if you go by public transportation visit here (just in italien http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...on_redface.gif)

drlivingston 07-02-2007 06:35 AM

Sorry for the delay in answering your post, Kelkel. Herculaneum and Pompeii both open at 8:30 a.m. local time. You will have to pay 11 euros per person to enter each site. The better option is paying 20 euros for a pass that allows you to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, and Boscoreale. This will save you 2 euros per person. Herculanem is nine miles from Naples, and Pompeii is fourteen miles from Naples. Being sister cities, they are relatively close in proximity. If you want to climb Vesuvius, understand the following;
1) The base of the mountain is easily accessible.
2) Wear comfortable shoes and bring water!!
3) When I climbed the mountain, it was a dusty, gravel road. (That may have changed since then)
4) If you are in relatively good shape, the round trip should take a little over three hours.
5) Vesuvius is no small hill. She is 4100 feet high.
6) Most important... she is still considered an ACTIVE volcano. She last erupted 1944 but she still emits smoke and geothermic heat.
7) There are toilets which will cost about half a euro.
8) 3/4 of the way to the summit you will need to purchase a ticket (price I don't remember, but not much. This allows you to continue up to the rim of the crater.
9) On the way back down, purchase some wine made from local grapes. Pretty good and fairly inexpensive. Remember, do this on the way down.
10) Depending on the date of your trip, it can often be cool and windy at the summit. You may want to bring a light jacket if you are easily chilled.
11) Sunscreen, sunscreen, and a little more sunscreen.
Enjoy and have fun... it's a great daytrip. Even better when it is a clear day. Awesome views if you are lucky. Most people know of her August 24, 79AD, eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. She also erupted in December 15-16, 1631, killing over 4000 people.
While climbing you will begin to understand her awe inspiring power and the respect that the mountain still commands to this day.

kelkel 07-02-2007 08:36 AM

Thank you Dr. Livingston, you are great! We aren't going to climb from the base, rather from the 1,000 m. point. With that in mind, are all 3 doable in one day?

drlivingston 07-02-2007 08:58 AM

Even with slight traffic, you should be able to accomplish all three and, potentially, have time to sample some Napoli pizza, where it was invented. Pompeii will take up the majority of your time but barring any unforseen circumstances, you will have a great day.

kelkel 07-02-2007 11:04 AM

Thanks....GREAT news to do all 3! I am making it a point to get pizza and gelato! My girls will hang me if I don't!
Kelkel

kelkel 07-20-2007 07:57 AM

Dr. Livingston:
WE DID ALL 3!!!!!!!!!Spent 4 hours in Pompeii and hiked the volcano and then went to Herculeneum. Public transportation was great and we did not encounter any problems!
Kelkel


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