Excursions

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Spend a day discovering two ancient Roman cities!

Pompeii was founded in the sixth or early fifth century B.C. by Greek colonists.
As a Roman colony since 80 B.C., it became a flourishing port and resort with many villas, baths, temples and theaters.
In August of A.D. 79, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius rained down more than twenty feet of hot volcanic ashes, debris and mud on this big and thriving city
This natural disaster has left behind evidence of daily life of that period.
Nowadays, Pompeii is one of the largest and most suggestive, fascinating and must seeing archaeological sites in the world.
Almost two thousand years later, you have the opportunity to walk through the ruins of an ancient roman city and see houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash (a large collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum).
Once in Pompeii, I could arrange a tour of the ruins with a local authorized guide.
If you ever plan to travel to Italy, you must see Pompeii!

As your eyes take in the breathtaking sight of the ruins you'll feel transported back in time!
Herculaneum was an ancient residential Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., along with Pompeii.
It was a smaller town than Pompeii at the time it was buried in volcanic mud, rather than the ash which covered its more famous neighbour.
Through the ages, the ruins of this town have been well preserved and there are many samples of preserved organic artifacts (fabrics, furniture and the structural parts of wooden buildings, including upper floors).
Herculaneum is less crowded and more compact than Pompeii, definitely worth visiting!

Duration: about 2 hours per site.

 

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