Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of the Volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year of 79 AD, Pompeii lay buried an forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of the Wonders of the world and the excavations 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 prosperous Roman in the years 80 BC. Marvel at the fabulously preserved Frescos which adorned the walls and floors of the Villas.
Even if your interests do not lie in history, this is an archaeological site that you cannot be failed to be impressed by.
Herculaneum was destroyed along with Pompeii in 79 AD and rediscovered in 1709. It was a residential town without Pompeii’s commercial importance, surrounded by the villas of the wealthy Romans. When the catastrophe of 79 AD 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 timber features and household objects which can be seen today.
A large portion of the old Herculaneum is still buried under the modern town and even today excavations are going on to discover what treasures lie buried under the rock, to the extent that some families are being rehoused so work can continue. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon. Comfortable shoes, cameras.
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