On this tour, you’ll get to take in views of the Bay of Naples from the top of Mount Vesuvius, then try some of the wine grown on its slopes during a tasting session. First, you’ll travel up Mount Vesuvius with your guide. Its original claim to fame started 2,000 years ago, when it erupted and buried Pompeii in ash. Since then, it’s erupted 50 more times, and summiting it is on most to-do lists in this part of Italy. At the 3,000-feet mark, you’ll get off the coach for a photo stop. Then, it’s time to start hiking. Lace up your walking boots, because you’ll make your way up the 1,000-foot zigzagging staircases to the rim of the cater. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to the top. When you arrive, you’ll be treated to gawp-worthy views over Naples, Sorrento and even the island of Capri on a clear day. When you’ve had enough of the view, you’ll then head back to the coach for a visit to a nearby vineyard. The volcanic terrain here’s home to Lacrima Christi, a type of red wine that’s as close as you’ll get to tasting the wine drank by ancient Romans. You’ll be shown around the sloped vineyards, after which you’ll sit down for a tasting session and snack break, where you’ll be able to sample three of the wines made in the area.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.