Hiking Mt Vesuvius! (See my highlights for more videos!) Mount Vesuvius looms large over the Bay of Naples, visible from Napoli, Sorrento and in between. Responsible for the decimation of Pompeii, it is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. vesuvio sits, capped, not technically active, but definitely not dormant. The volcano has had some sort of eruption every 20-30 years for millenia, and is now years overdue.
The most fascinating thing is a crater mountain range that surrounds the peak. It's the former volcano, blown to bits a century ago during a particularly big blast, with the new summit rising out of the chaos.
A quick public bus takes you to the national park base camp, which in true southern italian style, is staffed by uniformless, random-looking people. A shocking number of parked tour buses line the road up. By 11am, the volcano is crawling with hikers, including a tv crew that ventured down into the crater (without any type of permit or supervision). 3 separate gift shops line the hike after base camp, selling trinkets made of volcanic rock, and wine grown in its soil.
Day 192 (May 30) of my 8-month #eurasia journey. #Ercolano#Italy#Italia#roundtheworld#RTW#backpacking#backpackinglife#backpacker#eurotrip#italytrip#onlyinitaly#vivaitalia#hiking#trekking#vesuvio#vesuvius
May 28, 2016 (Travel Day 45)
While doing the Trans-Siberian (and Trans-Mongolian!) Railway back in 2015, I took a selfie while leaning out of the train window. I repeated the shot near the beginning of my trip around the world, and now these photos have turned into a kind of a personal tradition.
Ps. Darn, my hair was really short back then! 😃