Vesuvius, Pompeii & Herculaneum

Tour Info

Duration: 8 HOURS
HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Pompeii archeological site
  • Mt.Vesuvius Crater – GRANCONO
  • Panoramic view of Naples area
  • Herculaneum archeological site

Tour Pics

Herculaneum - fresco
Herculaneum-View
Pompeii - Fresco
Pompeii - Top View
Pompeii
Vesuvius

Description

Pompeii
Begin this exiting excursion directly at your hotel or from the pier, you will pass Mount Vesuvius as you begin your coastal drive south to the ancient city of Pompeii, one of the most famous excavations in the world.

You will see the shadows of life as it was lived in 79 AD.

Once a thriving empire 1,900 years ago, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city.

Archaeological excavations are open to the public between the hours of 08:30 and 18:00 every day of the week, on request a licensed guide can be arranged for Pompeii tour.

Please note that since Pompeii is a popular area for tourists, we strongly recommend being cautious of your belongings!

On your way from Pompeii to Sorrento, you will see typical villages and the dolomitic cliffs which have characterized this peninsula for many centuries.
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Herculaneum
If you visit the city of Naples you have reserve a bit of time to see the two most famous places of the surroundings of Naples, namely the two cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The two sites have been scarred forever by the proximity of the volcano, which characterizes the landscape, but it is also the protagonist of their destruction.

The eruption that has engulfed the city is that of 79 AD, which blocked the two Roman centers in an almost surreal dimension, where the houses, streets, public buildings, objects of everyday life and even people appear peacefully asleep under volcanic dust.

Both Pompeii and those of Herculaneum are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the testimonies that reproduce the life of a society from another era, that is unparalleled in the world.

The Herculaneum site was discovered in the eighteenth century, quite by accident, by a prince who had a villa in Portici, that - performing the excavations - found the remains of an ancient temple.

The various excavations have brought to light various works of art, temples, the Basilica, several houses and the villa of the Papyri, still partly unexplored, where about 1700 papyrus, enclosed in boxes, have been found, which deal philosophical texts in greek and latin.

The Herculaneum visit allows travel with the imagination and wander through the old streets and enter homes discovering the customs and habits of the past.
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Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.

It is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc.

Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure.

Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as several other settlements.

The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ashes and volcanic gases to a height of 33 km, spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 6×105 cubic metres second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings.

More than 1,000 people died in the eruption, but exact numbers are unknown.

The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus.

Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.

Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards violent, explosive eruptions of the Plinian type, making it the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
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Conditions

Our rates include transportation in a comfortable van equipped with double air-conditioning and refreshments, English speaking driver, highway tolls, car fuel and parking.
Exclude: Entrance tickets, lunch and any eventual extras and gratuities;
Archeological sites free for children under 18;
An authorized archeological guide is available for 120 Euros / 2hours;
Every itinerary can be modified to fit any special need or request;
ALL TOURS WILL OPERATE RAIN OR SHINE, SO BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS.
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