Mt Vesuvius – 4,203

The hike up Mt Vesuvius wasn’t actually all that long, but it did have 1000 feet in elevation gain  And a lot of visitors!  Most were ill prepared, wearing shorts and sandals.  The summit is only 4203’, but it’s really close to sea level.

There were several snack/drink huts along the way.  Yes, you could even have a summit limoncello shot!

We thought we were about half way done with the hike when we rounded a corner and were there!  We made it to the top, took a bunch of pictures, and visited the summit shop. 

We got a few souvenirs as gifts:  a volcanic rock (which they assured me was from this volcano), a volcanic cat and lizard. We bought the rocks instead of just taking them because of LNT.

Half way down we got a lemon/orange ice drink.  It was cool to see how they made it with a block of ice and fresh fruit.  They were €3 each, for a very small cup, but they tasted great. 

The trail was very dusty and dirty from the volcanic rock.  Once again, the views would have been great if it hadn’t been for the fire. 

Our tour was late getting back so we missed our first train by 10 minutes and are now waiting on the next train (they leave every hour).  It’s REALLY HOT and there’s no A/C on the train!

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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