I have been fortunate to visit Italy quite a few times and today definitely ranks amongst the most interesting. It gets the title “Most Interesting” because of the hike up Vesuvius and then along the caldera. Now the tour group drove up till about the last 800-1000 feet I would say – this is a guess at best – and then we had to walk up a loose rock path made out of small volcanic pumice and other rocks. It was nice to walk above the clouds and to have a great view of Naples Bay, a very busy port indeed.
So the walk up was about 25 minutes and then the walk around was a relaxed additional 25 minutes. This time, for me, was a good time for some pause and reflection surrounding all of the times that I have visited this area. My first time to Naples, I was 19 years old, and just a year older than my nephew who was on this trip. I must admit I do not remember being so young.
On this day, the weather was perfect for the hike up as the sun was out and the breeze was cool. I think that this would be enjoyed by anyone that comes to the Naples Area, so If you ever come this way you should go with a group or by yourself to Vesuvius. From what it sounds like it is due, in time passed, for a major eruption – so if you are in the area go see it before it is a 3000 foot mountain.
Tomorrow will be an easy day of espressos, the coliseum and the forum. I am happy to be a tour guide to these things, as I love sharing Rome with anyone that will listen.