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Back to the Ancient Roman Empire!
The 2.5-hour Herculaneum Walking Tour is an historic outing you won’t want to miss. Tour the ancient ruins of a town enveloped by the volcanic debris of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Herculaneum was a thriving, upscale community of Romans who appreciated art, architecture and fine furnishings. They enjoyed their spas and living by the beautiful Bay of Naples. On that fateful day, 60 feet of ash, toxic gases and rock wholly consumed their town in a pyroclastic surge. It wasn’t until the 18th century that excavations uncovered the well-preserved ruins that are visible today.
An English-speaking native guide who makes learning fun conducts the walking tour. Areas of interest include the House of the Mosaic Atrium, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and the House of the Deer. Continuing on our walk we will visit the Decumanus, the Palestra, the Basilica and the Thermal Baths of the Forum.
Interestingly, the homes’ wood structures and furnishings carbonized and today they appear as they did when they served their inhabitants. The airtight condition of the buildings contributed to the phenomenal preservation of their contents. On the walls you’ll see frescoes and mosaics that still bear traces of brilliant color, and attest to the classical culture of the period.
Surrounding Herculaneum is the modern town of Ercolano, with the imposing Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. Explore the old and the new under brilliant Italian skies. Be sure to wear your walking shoes to navigate the ancient cobbled streets and a hat to keep the summer sun at bay. As invigorating as it is beautiful, the Herculaneum Walking Tour of this World Heritage Site is one you won’t soon forget.