Vesuvius, Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour

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.

Pompeii and Herculaneum

mount-vesuvius-eruption-pompeiiIf 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.

Pompeii is the most famous archaeological site, located 25 kilometers from the center of Naples, is by far the most visited place. Houses, public buildings and roads blocked at 79 d.c. report to a distant era where life does not seem to ever stop. In the tour of Pompeii, you can visit the splendid villas, including that of the Mysteries and the Villa of Diomede. Preserved under the rain of ash and lapilli there are also the Basilica, the administrative buildings, the buildings dedicated to the imperial cult, the macellum, the baths, the theater district and the amphitheater. No less valuable are the houses, with wonderful frescoes and mosaics, abandoned by the inhabitants during the eruption.

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.

Off-season: October to April
Peak-season: May to September

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