Highlights of this tour
- Private tour Herculaneum
- Two hours private licensed guide
Your private English speaking driver-guide will meet you at the cruise port, airport or accommodation with private adapted transport. He will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, and together you will head to Herculaneum for your 2 hours private guided tour.
When Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, more was wiped off the map than just the famous Pompeii. On the other side of Mount Vesuvius, about 17 km from Pompeii, there was Herculaneum. A small town with about 5,000 residents. Herculaneum was quickly covered by a thick layer of lava and mud, while Pompeii endured a crushing layer of lava and ash.
Due to the mud, Herculaneum is better preserved than its big brother Pompeii. When you enter the site you can still see the painted walls and the remains of streets and houses. Also the stores with amphoras still seem to be waiting for customers after 2000 years. All fully intact.
When accessing Herculaneum, there is an accessible viewing point that gives a good view of the area and what used to be a thriving town. From there you go down via a long and wide, slightly sloped, ramp. Below, the streets, sidewalks, and buildings are cobbled, the tour will remain on the flat area though. However, some areas are not accessible due to the many steps. Your guide will avoid these by staying on the main roads. Do not forget to look up, and see Mount Vesuvius emerge in the background!
Want to know more about the accessibility of Herculaneum? Click here to read all about it, see pictures of the sight and the paths, and decide for yourself if the area is suitable.
Herculaneum is about 10 times smaller than Pompeii and due to its size, it is easier to explore in less time. After the eruption, Herculaneum got covered by a thick layer of mud, that petrified over time and enclosed everything in a vacuum. This is, in short, why Herculaneum is better preserved than Pompeii. Pompeii was covered by a more “airy” layer of ash and pumice that was not airtight. Because of this thick layer of mud, archaeologists even found remains of cheese, bread, fruit, clothing. All in charred form though, as nothing can survive a mud and lava flood of 500-550°c.
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