Guided tour of Ancient Herculaneum
The ancient city of Herculaneum, located in present-day Ercolano, which overlooks the Gulf of Naples, was a charming and pleasant resort for wealthy patrician families.
According to historians it was probably founded by the Osci during the 8th century BC. The city was surely influenced by the Greeks of the nearby town of Neapolis. Conquered by the Romans, it became a municipium in A.D. 89 B.C. It was completely buried under a thick layer of pyroclastic material during the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Herculaneum many organic
objects are well preserved: wooden doors and windows,
shelves, papyrus rolls, waxed tablets, vegetable fibers,
clothing, cereals, legumes and fruits. The well
preserved charred boats, the wooden furniture, including a
rocking cradle, beds, sofas and a throne-like chair are simply marvelous.
Many objects of common use in terracotta or iron, surgical instruments, precious objects in bronze, silver or gold are also still intact. Recent excavations have brought to light fabulous golden bracelets and necklaces, cameos and precious stones.
The buried city, one of the richest in the Mediterranean area, is a glimpse of the luxurious life that took place in the Gulf of Naples in the years immediately preceding the eruption of 79.
The city that was built on it, Resina, continued the traditions of the previous town as early as the year
121 when Hadrian was emperor.
fact, Resina also became a
holiday city for the aristocracies of different eras so that
when, in the eighteenth century, the ancient town of Herculaneum rose from its ashes,
it found itself surrounded by the most beautiful villas and
sumptuous palaces of the so-called Golden Mile that
still today give prestige to the pleasant Vesuvian town.
After an overview of the beautiful town from above, we will delve into the details of the catastrophe that ended its glorious days. Then the discovery and finally the rebirth of the buried city.
the guided tour with a qualified tourist guide, we will walk
through the ancient streets of the city and we will see how
the sumptuous houses of the rich families were organized, with
their splendid gardens, or how modest were the houses of the poors. We will
listen to the history of the inhabitants of the time and we
will understand their way of life, their taste in furnishing
the beautiful houses where we will admire the frescoes that
still decorate the walls, the brightly colored mosaics, the
wooden doors, still well preserved, the remains of charred
Along the streets, paved with lava stone which are still in excellent condition, we will have the opportunity to visit shops, spas, meeting places and it will seem like going back in time. The city will gradually come to life and we will live together the atmosphere of an enchanting and lovely city of two thousand years.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE GUIDED TOUR? 160 EUROS PER GROUP (MAX. 10 PAX + 5 EUROS EACH EXTRA PERSON)
HOW LONG DOES THE GUIDED TOUR LAST? 2
WHAT DOES THE TOUR INCLUDE ?
* GUIDED TOUR WITH QUALIFIED GUIDE / ARCHAEOLOGIST
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?
ENTRANCE TICKET TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF HERCULANEUM
OTHER GUIDED TOURS:
HERCULANUM AND THE NATIONAL
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF
WITH AN ARCHEOLOGUE
POMPEII WITH AN
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