It's all about the view
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
29Trip End Sep 06, 2013
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On Sunday afternoon we decided to head up to Mt Vesuvius. It’s a national park here, so we figured it would be fairly easy to locate using the GPS. You have to get close enough to the location and put into the GPS "point of interest near you" when you don’t know the name of the city. The Italian cities can be challenging for the GPS. The little “town” near the house is called Licola on the street signs, and in conversation with co-workers. It’s nowhere near that on the GPS. I plugged Mt Vesuvius national park into the GPS and we headed down the road
We had been near Vesuvius with our friends a few months back spending the night at a B&B perched on the hill side. Plus Italian points of interest are labeled with brown signs on the side of the road. Are they the same color in the US? We could see Vesuvius to our left, it’s hard to miss. It dominates the entire Naples skyline. We drove slightly past Vesuvius and turned to head up the mountain. Fifteen kilometers of wandering through city streets, and admittedly up, we came to a fence and a sign that said Mt Vesuvius national park. Unfortunately there did not appear to be anyway in, and we were nowhere close to the top. So next I plugged mountain top into the GPS. Check yours and see if it’s an option. In Hampton Roads I wonder if it would take you to Mt Trashmore? For family and friends not from Virginia, that is the highest point around Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. It truly is made out of trash, covered over so the former dump site has been reclaimed and made into a local park. Back to my story…
We found our way back down the hillside, through the small town we’d been through and on around to the other side of Vesuvius. Then the interesting drive began. For some reason the most direct route selected by the GPS included streets so narrow, that Randy’s car barely fit through
Then the next phase of the driving adventure began. Individuals may not drive up to Vesuvius’s peak. Parking the car in a dirt lot, we climbed next onto an “ecobus”. I haven’t a clue why. The huge tires are supposed to help on the drive uphill. It could be the econo-bus rather than the ecology bus we thought it was supposed to mean, because 1/3rd of the way up, one of the cheap seats, two rows in front of us broke, and the two people sitting there fell onto the people right in front of us.
Arriving at the end of the road, you then exchange your ticket for another ticket and start to walk/climb the hillside of gravel, and volcanic dust