Hike up Mt. Vesuvius and be amazed by the breathtaking views from the crater
Learn how the local wines are produced on the slopes of the volcano and taste them
Enjoy a light lunch in a typical winery in the area, included in the price
Starting from Rome suggested pick-up time is 7:00 and duration is about 11-12 hrs
Suggested pick up time
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
Stop in Pompeii and time to visit the ruins
Stop at Mt. Vesuvius and time there
Visit to a local winery with demonstration and tasting
All taxes, parking tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Entrance fees to Pompeii
Entrance fees to Mt Vesuvius
Guide in sites, unless otherwise specified
Winery at Mt. Vesuvius area
Pompeii Archaeological Park, Via Villa dei Misteri, Pompei, NA, Italia
Vesuvius, Ottaviano, NA, Italia
Winery at Mt. Vesuvius area
Enjoy a fantastic day tour exploring Pompeii and tasting delicious wine!
You will stop in Pompeii, one of the most important archaeological sites in the World! The dramatic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. destroyed this flourishing city and left it frozen in time. You will walk down its old streets and see millennia-old houses, temples, shops, cafes, amphitheatres, and even a brothel.
You will have the chance to hike up Mt. Vesuvius and enjoy the unmatched views of the area from the top. The cone stays roughly 4200 feet high, but however far you will venture up you will be able to see the entire Gulf of Naples, from Sorrento to Capo Miseno, to Procida & Ischia.
You will stop in one of the vineyards located on the slopes of Vesuvius where the wine making tradition dates back to the Romans that used to produce the “Vesuvinum” here. You will taste some of the locally produced wines (usually the tasting includes 4 different kinds of wine) accompanied by a light lunch. Lunch will include some starters that can vary from bruschette, cured meats or vegetables, followed by a main dish which usually includes a type of pasta with the local tomato sauce and either a dessert or a cheese tasting depending on location and availability.
What should I wear for this tour?
We suggest that you wear comfortable walking shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved on uneven surfaces.
Is this tour accessible for people with limited walking abilities?
The itinerary can be certainly customised according to your needs, but please note that some areas may not be accessible with a stroller/wheelchair or for people with limited walking abilities.
You may find the updated calendar for the site here: https://www.parconazionaledelvesuvio.it/en/visit-the-park/the-paths/the-great-cono/
I have some dietary preferences/needs, can I do this tour?
Please send us an email specifying your dietary preferences/needs, and we will advise accordingly.
Where and how will I find the driver?
Your driver will be waiting for you at the confirmed pickup location (your arrival train track, at the airport arrival exit gate, at your accommodation) holding a sign with your name written on it.
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From Tappan, New York
My wife and I used Joe Banana to get to various places around Italy, including Rome, Naples, and Positano. They were always right on time and excellent drivers, who were more than willing to humor our shaky Italian language skills and spoke mostly English. It was very hot and they always made sure we were comfortable in the air-conditioned cars, and drinking water. They also did a great job being flexible and coordinating with us by phone when, for instance, our train times changed. The real highlight of the trip was the Vesuvius, Pompeii, and winery tour. Our driver for the day, Luca Cozzolino, recommended we visit Vesuvius early, to beat the heat and the tourist rush, and boy was he right. After that we had an incredible tour of Pompeii with a private certified guide (which Joe B had also arranged), and a delicious lunch at a winery in the foothills of the volcano. To finish up, Luca dropped us off at our next destination, Positano. That day was the highlight of our whole trip, and we had Joe B and Luca to thank for that. We'd highly recommend them to anyone looking to take a lot of hassle out of their travel around Italy.
Joe Banana Limos is a great service. We used them 3 times for getting around while visiting Positano, once for the Pompeii/Vesuvio/Winery tour. All three drivers, Lorenzo, Nunzio and Luca were very professional, prompt and friendly. For the day tour, Luca called ahead and reserved a guide for us at Pompeii and a table at the Winery. Paolo the guide for Pompeii was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. If you do the Pompeii tour, ask for Paolo. It was a wonderful day. We will definitely be using their service next time we visit anywhere they have service.
From Seattle, Washington
We travelled with another couple and signed up for this tour without knowing if it would be money well spent, since some of these types of tours can have a lot of hidden costs or sub-par service. This tour blew away our expectations and we all felt this was by far the best way to see Vesuvius, explore Pompeii and learn a bit about some of the local wine culture and region. (I should also add, all the costs are upfront and customer service quickly responds to any questions you may have.) Our driver, Massimo, was right on time to our hotel and was happy to wait for us as we were running a bit late. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the region and was highly personable - we loved him. He adjusted our tour to take us up to Vesuvius first (to beat the crowds and the heat) and then we went to Pompeii. On your own, Pompeii is incredibly confusing to walk around and you would absolutely miss 99% of the history there. A tour guide is a must, and we were lucky to have Paulo as our guide. He was very funny, pointed out tons of details we would have missed, and was savvy enough to take us on a route that avoided most of the crowds. We tackled the city at a good pace, which meant we could see more of the city, and he showed us a few extra things that we specifically asked about. But don't worry, Paolo will certainly adapt to the needs and pace of your group. Our last stop was at Bosco de Medici winery, which was a great place to end our day. After a brief tour of the winery and the process in which they produce wine, we had a nice lunch and tasting. Shipping wine home was very easy and we're looking forward to that package arriving. We had a long day and Massimo was more than happy to wait for us as we finished our wine. Our day went long but he was very gracious with us and we had a great discussion about Italian and American cultures on our drive back to Sorrento. Massimo and Paolo were incredible guides/hosts and we will absolutely ask for them by name if and when we come back to the Bay of Naples.
I wanted to see Pompeii and Vesuvius in one day and spotted this tour. The fact that a delicious wine-tasting lunch was thrown in as well was a nice bonus. Our guides Claudio and Enzo were very knowledgeable and their humour made it easy to take everything in. Wear decent footwear for the Vesuvius climb and take your time. Highly recommended.
"We actually did not get to do this tour, as it was the first day of the pandemic shutdown. However, the driver did a great job making the best of the situation with a drive to Sorrento and around Naples. The company also refunded us a fair amount since the trip had to be cancelled. Wish we could have done the full tour, but everything worked out pretty well in the end"