World's Coolest Helicopter Rides
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Amalfi Coast, Italy
Ischia—a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians—is the launching point for flights over some of Italy’s most famous attractions. You’ll soar above the craggy island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two towns buried under ash when Vesuvius erupted in 9 B.C. Then get up close to the vengeful mountain itself, which is still active, although it hasn’t erupted since 1944.
The Ride: The tour with SAM Helicopters passes over Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the summit of Vesuvius.
$525 per person for 50 minutes based on six passengers ($3,150 total).