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Heraculaneum

Cities and Towns in Campania

 

At the feet of Mount Vesuvius, in an area blessed with a superb mild climate, Herculaneum is known throughout the world for the remains of its Roman city buried, along with Pompei, under the ashes provoked by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

At the archaeological site of Herculaneum it is possible to visit the House of Argo, theHouse of the Deer, the House of the Gem, the House of the Bicentenary, the House of the Mosaic, the House of the Relief of Telephus, the House of the Carbonized Partition, the House of the Mosaic Atrium, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the Theatre, theBaths, the Suburban Baths and the Villa of the Papyrus.

As well as being site of great archaeological interest, Herculaneum has a flourishing economy thanks to its agricultural industry, and in particular its floricultural industry, responsible for one of Italy's most prolific productions of carnations and roses. Herculaneum is an important port with small fleet of fishing boats and merchant ships which provides employment for a great number of the town's inhabitants. At the large market of Pugliano both new and used items of clothing are sold.

 

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Pompeii & Herculaneum

If you like walking, and are interested in the ancient world, this is the tour for you. Pompeii and Herculaneum are the largest towns of the five buried by the Vesuvian eruption of 79 AD, and they are also the most fully excavated, although they were buried by the same eruption, Pompeii was covered mainly by ash, and Herculaneum by mud and lava, it is interesting to compare building techniques and life style walking round the sites, as Pompeii lived off commerce. Where as Herculaneum was a fishing community, but by the first century it was becoming a fashionable holiday resort both towns were discovered and excavated mid 18th century. About 75% of Pompeii has now been excavated, compared to 25 % of Herculaneum, where the new town been built over the archaeological site.

 

Private Tour of Pompeii, Heraculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius

On this tour we explore the crater of Mount Vesuvius, the Volcano responsible for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the eruption of 79AD. You travel as far as the extinct outer crater of mount Somma at an altitude of 1000 metres, from where you can start the hike to the top of internal active cone.

 

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