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Introduction to Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is among the most unusual tourist attractions in the world, being a still active volcano which last erupted in 1944 and still sometimes emits flows of lava. It stands at over 4,000 feet high and towers over the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast, offering stunning views to those who are hardy enough to attempt the climb to the top.

Although a stunning natural attraction in its own right, Mount Vesuvius is most famous for its massive eruption during the time of ancient Rome. In 79 AD the volcano erupted and covered the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in a thick layer of hot ash. The eruption was powerful enough to blast debris into the air and happened so quickly that many of the residents of Pompeii had no time to flee. The result was a perfectly preserved example of many of the everyday aspects of life as a Roman citizen, making it a must-see attraction for anyone interested in history.

Whether you want to explore the landscape of an active volcano, take a trip back through the centuries or simply enjoy the stunning coast of southern Italy, the hotels near Mount Vesuvius will be the perfect base from which to explore. Indeed, Naples hotels are just nine miles from Mount Vesuvius, while staying in a hotel in Sorrento will mean you’re just a 20-minute trip on the Circumvesuviana train from this brooding natural wonder.

Where to stay in Mount Vesuvius

It is, of course, impossible to stay on Mount Vesuvius itself. The harshness of the upper slopes is such that it is only possible to drive or take a bus or taxi to a car park that is half a mile from the crater at the top. There are, however, a wide range of Mount Vesuvius hotels, close enough to allow easy access to the volcano itself and able to meet the demand for accommodation no matter what your budget, the size of your party or your reasons for visiting.

If it’s the rich history of the area which has attracted you, then the Centro Storico, the historic centre of Naples should prove irresistible. It’s often described as a living museum and has been awarded the prestigious title of Unesco World Heritage Site. The combination of underground ruins, cafes serving the famous Neapolitan pizzas and an exciting nightlife should prove irresistible to larger family groups looking to sample a little bit of everything which this part of Italy has to offer. The hotels in this part of Naples run the gamut from luxury to boutique and bespoke. If you’re looking for budget accommodation then head from the Mercato district, close to the main train station. Here you’ll find not only affordable places to stay but also a rich selection of traditional and upmarket shopping facilities and a wealth of places offering outdoor seating where you can soak up the sun, enjoy a drink or snack and watch the world go by.

Different types of hotel

If you’re looking for a Mount Vesuvius hotel then you can choose between 5 star luxury, bed and breakfast cosiness or simple budget hostels. The Grand Hotel Vesuvio sits in the historic heart of the city on the Via Partenope. It offers luxury 5 star living combined with stunning views over the bay. Facilities include free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool. The 4 star Hotel Suite Esedra, located on Via A. Cantani is ideal for those in the area on business, as it combines a free buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi with a meeting room and concierge services.

The B&B Quattro Palazzi offers simple, 3 star living in the historic heart of the city while the budget market is catered to by destinations such as Hostel Mancini. Just a short stroll from the Central Train Station the hostel offers clean, comfortable budget accommodation ideal for students or backpackers wanting to explore attractions such as the world-famous Antica Pizzeria da Michele.

What not to miss at Mount Vesuvius

There are two things you simply have to see and do when you’re staying in a Mount Vesuvius hotel, and they are exploring the volcano itself and taking a tour of Pompeii. The Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius full-day tour offered by City Wonders embarks from central Rome and so is ideal if you’re staying in a Rome Hotel. For a whole new approach to history you could opt for the cutting-edge Private Pompeii Tour complete with an immersive, 3D virtual reality headset. If nature rather than history is what excites you, then book the Mount Vesuvius half-day tour, which will pick you up from your hotel and take you, in the company of a guide, through the Vesuvius National Park and right up to the very edge of the volcanic crater.

If the natural wonder of Mount Vesuvius, the vibrancy of Naples and the rich history of Pompeii sounds like an irresistible package, then why not save time and money by booking your flight and hotel together with Expedia.