A walk in an ancient wealthy town
Pompeii was not the only city buried by the great eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. On the coastline a few miles away there was another town, Herculaneum. This city, just like Pompeii, was at the same time destroied and preserved by the disaster. Pyroclastic flows covered Herculaneum with a mountain of boiling ash, hiding the remains of the ancient city 70 feet underground.
Today, almost 2000 years later, the charm of Herculaneum is still intact. The city was a residential spot for wealthy people. Smaller but richer than Pompeii. Traces of the affluence of the ancient Herculaneum are still visible in the original style and in the elegant decoration of the private houses.
Herculaneum is different than Pompeii also for the state of preservation. The two cities were destroyed by the same eruption but the effects were not alike.
Visiting Herculaneum is the best way to take an intimate look at the lifestyle of the rich in the ancient Roman world.
We meet at the ticket office of the archaeological area or at the parking lot next to the ruins. After a stop to enjoy the view of Herculaneum from above, we go to enter the city from the ancient beach where it is possible to see the skeletons of the people that were taking shelter in some buildings on the seafront.
Later we go to visit different private houses, some shops, the baths and the main street. We focus on what is possible to see only in Herculaneum: the carbonized wood, the original layout of the private residences, the elegant and rich decoration of the public and private buildings.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Herculaneum ticket office or the parking lot next to the ruins.
End location: Herculaneum ticket office.
Duration: 2 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
11 Euro - Cost per person of the entrance ticket.
Free entrance for under 18 showing a valid identification document (passport, ID card, etc.).
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.