The only still-grumbling volcano on the European mainland, Mount Vesuvius has historically been a bane to humankind, most notably for its destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the first century AD. It is also one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes because of its extreme vertical eruption and the dense human population still within its radius. Although you can tell your friends otherwise, climbing Mount Vesuvius is actually not all too dangerous.
For those who like a day-long trek up and down the hill, you can be dropped off at the base so that you may walk the 6 km (3.7 miles) to the summit, or you can park and ride within 500 meters of the summit to make the walk a bit easier. Either way, you’ll be passing far too many tourists ill-equipped to reach the top, so wear good shoes and bring food and water. The many-colored metamorphic rocks on the way are interesting, but the crater and the view from the top are what you came here for. Despite the fact that it will be quite busy (depending on the day of the week), you’ll appreciate the views of the ocean and the ruins of Pompeii, as well as legitimate fumes that come from the crater. Bring some cash for an entrance fee (6.50 Euros/$8 US for adults).