Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour is suitable for those who are searching for in-depth knowledge of Roman life. On the 24th of August 79 AD, the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius wiped out the Roman towns burying them under volcanic materials.
Smaller than Pompeii, the Ancient Herculaneum was considered the summer retreat of Roman Patricians.
The guide will pick the most representative houses and buildings to give you a new insight into Roman society, family life, diet, and health.
From the beginning visitors will notice the effects of the disaster: a huge plateau of mud and lava still surrounds the Ancient town and it is well known that 75% of it is still underground. Crossing this huge plateau you will see the Ancient shore of Herculaneum where archaeologists found just a few years ago the skeletons of the victims.
Getting to the centre of the town you’ll visit the Samnite House (the oldest estates of Herculaneum) and the house of the Wooden Partition that is one of the most beautiful examples of Roman house. Carbonised wood such as wooden beams, doors, furniture and frames are still on the spot.
On the way to the main road called Decumano Maximo you will see a weird building that is a kind of restaurant called Thermopolium with an original counter embellished in coloured marbles. A must see is the mosaic of the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and those of the Women’s Baths. A large number of carbonised wood such as wooden beams, furniture and frames are still on the spot
The tour takes 2 hours after which with your guide you’ll go back to the train station for the second part of the tour : Pompeii.
More famous than Herculaneum and definitely bigger, Pompeii is a proper Roman town. Thanks to new restoration works you will be able to visit new houses and places off the beaten paths.
Affected by the same eruption in 79AD Pompeii is a clear picture of what life was like 2,000 years ago.
This tour includes the visit to the area dedicated to the Theatres where Pompeiians used to perform. The Odeion, the small theatre in particular is extremely well preserved and the original decorations are still intact.
During the tour your guide will show you how to recognise the signs of the daily life of Pompeii: the Graffiti scratched on the walls, the stepping stones for crossing the roads, the electoral posters.
The visit continues in the private houses like that of Cryptoportico or the House of Menander, where you can hear the echoes of the daily life and you can feel the presence of the Pompeiians in everything they left.
The main square of the town is called Forum, the hub of Roman life: this rectangular area is surrounded by public building and Temples.
On the way you will visit the Baths which retain much of the original decorations and stuccoes. For a couple of hours you may be able to feel as if you are in Pompeii with its ancient inhabitants!
At the end of Herculaneum and Pompeii tour you can decide to spend more time on your own in Pompeii or your guide will take you back to where you met.
- Ancient Shore
- House of the Wooden Partition
- House of Samnites
- House of Neptune and Amphitrite
- The Baths
- The Decumano Maximo
- The Sacellum of Augustales
- The Forum
- The Plaster casts
- The Baths
- Private Houses
- The Lupanare (the brothel) upon request
- The Abondance road
- The Theatres
- The original Graffiti
- On Wednesday the Archaeological site of Herculaneum is closed.
- The pick up time is for guidance and it can be adapted to your preferences
- The itinerary can be flexible according to your preferences.
- Lunch break during the tour
- Confortable outfit and shoes are warmly suggested
- If you want to buy tickets online click here
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