Pompeii & Hercolaneum
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D, Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of the Wonders of the World and the excavations that begun in the 18th Century are still being carried out today.
Our guide will take you slowly through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see Baths, Forums and Villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C. Marvel at the fabulously preserved Frescos which adorned the walls and floors of the Villas. When the catastrophe of 79 A.D. occurred, Herculaneum was submerged under a torrent of mud and lava that hardened into a soft tufa (a kind of course rock) that preserved many of the wooden parts of houses and household objects which can be seen today. A large part of the town is still buried, and certainly many art treasures are still to be found.
Despite the relatively close proximity of the two sites, there was a significant difference in architecture and overall lifestyle which can be seen when walking through the sites. Pompeii was a commercial centre and survived as a city for this reason, whereas Herculaneum was a small fishing community which by the first century had transformed into a fashionable holiday resort, given its coastal location.
Return to Sorrento is in the late afternoon.
- Authorised English guide
- A/C coach
- Transfers to/from Gocce di Capri Residence ( Massa Lubrense)
- Archaeological site entrance fees (Note: If you are aged under 18 years and are from the European Union, entrance into the main sights is free of charge provided you present a valid passport or I.D card)
This experience starts at 7.15 am (pick up time from Gocce di Capri Residence ( Massa Lubrense) ) and lasts 8 hours
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