PRIVATE HERCULANEUM EXCAVATIONS DISCOVERY TOUR

Pompeii is impressive but if you like history and want to see an area even better preserved then Herculaneum discovery trip is the right choice. While Herculaneum was a small residential town of around 4,000 people Pompeii was a bustling commercial city with over 20,000 inhabitants and that alone would provide a striking way of comparison. Today Herculaneum is less visited than Pompeii and this makes visiting the site much easier, quieter and more family-friendly. Lots of the old town is still buried under the modern city but what has being uncovered is just amazing. Herculaneum ruins send a chill down your spine standing in the little streets knowing what fate awaited the people who lived here.

On 24 August A.D. 79 the volcano Vesuvius erupted burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under ash and rock and leaving them remarkably well preserved for centuries. While Pompeii is famous and popular around the world, the remains of its sister city, a smaller yet wealthier community close to the sea, are less widely known. Herculaneum is Pompeii lesser known but equally mysterious stepsister in volcanic disaster. Herculaneum, also located on the picturesque Bay of Naples, was buried in the same volcanic eruption as its larger neighbor Pompeii. But while Pompeii was covered by a relatively shallow layer of loose volcanic ash Herculaneum was submerged in deep flows of hot volcanic mud, which preserved the upper stories of buildings, as well as organic materials like wooden furnishings and foodstuffs. Herculaneum and its neighbor Pompeii are archaeological godsends. Pompeii and Herculaneum are the rarest of time capsules showing the complete range of life at one particular instant in the Ancient world. The spectacular history, deep burial and rediscovery of Herculaneum is excitingly covered with this private guided walking tour led by your professional tour guide. Herculaneum is overshadowed by Vesuvius largest victim Pompeii and very few people know of the other Neapolitan city that was destroyed in by the eruption of Vesuvius. Herculaneum in many ways is better preserved than Pompeii due to the mud that entombed it. Food, fruits, ropes, fish nets, wooden furniture, cloth, even a private library of 1800 papyrus scrolls of books and plays survived. Herculaneum is a treasure trove of history. Jewelry, household items of all kinds including toys, wooden furniture including the only surviving baby’s cradle from the Roman world, artworks, statues, books, architecture, even the uneaten food left on tables at meal time was encased and preserved for the future historians. Because of this, Herculaneum discovery trip gives a more direct picture of life during Roman times. Your personable tour guide provides ancient historical accounts of Vesuvius’s eruption including the firsthand account by Pliny the Younger, what is known of the background of Herculaneum and how it was discovered. Learn about The Herculaneum Conservation Project, set up by David W. Packard with the aim of supporting and preserving this uniquely valuable, but at the same time fragile, archaeological site. What is amazing is how lucky we are that Herculaneum was discovered at all. What are the odds of digging a well and finding a lost city? Explore the Roman architectural style found here from the homes of the wealthiest citizens to the dwellings of the common man. You find yourself walking the streets to discover the Villa of the Papyri which serves as a great example of Roman luxury and learns about the J. Paul Getty Museum which was built as a replica of the ancient villa bringing Roman life to light after almost 2000 years.

On this private Herculaneum excavations discovery tour visit the public buildings that have been uncovered. Explore the Roman baths, the gym, the Basilica and the theater. With this private guided walking tour Herculaneum comes alive. Visualize its citizens and slaves going about their daily lives as if one was hovering over them in an invisible time traveling observation bubble. Private Herculaneum excavations discovery tour it is a bit mind blowing, more like a film set, and when viewed with modern Herculaneum in the background it is difficult to see where the ancient ends and the modern starts. Herculaneum is definitely worth a visit but in addition to rather than instead of Pompeii as the two ill-fated towns offer different perspectives on life at the time of the eruption. Uncover 2000 years of history reloaded. Contact us to experience this private Herculaneum excavations discovery tour.

* Family Friendly
* Private Half-Day Walking Tour
* Licensed Professional Guide
* Herculaneum Excavations
* Best Photo Ops

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

Tour Pompeii UNESCO World Heritage Site

ADD ON Tour the Ruins of Pompeii 
Ancient Rome history comes alive as you experience the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii.
Please Note: Pompeii closes on Christmas Day, January 1st and May 1st.
Extra Time Duration: 120 minutes

Tour Naples National Archaeological Museum

Enhance your Herculaneum discovery trip with a visit to Naples Archaeological Museum
Enhance your understanding of the ancient Roman world. Experience history, art and archaeology first-hand at the celebrated Naples Archaeological Museum which holds most of the original artifacts, coins, jewelries, sculptures and mosaics pulled from Pompeii and Herculaneum excavations. This world-class museum located in the heart of the city, houses one of the most important and comprehensive collections of classical archaeology in Europe. The National Archeological Museum hosts a unique collection of Roman and Greek antiquities and the most important frescoes, statues, arms and gladiator’s helmets, and art of the ancient Roman Empire unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum excavations, including a mosaic known as Battle of Alexander and Darius, which was found in the House of Faun.
Please Note: The National Archaeological Museum closes on Tuesdays.
Extra Time Duration: 120 minutes

Amalfi Coast Tour

ADD ON Amafi Coast Guided Drive One of our Most Popular Excursions
Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are some of the most beautiful spots in the south of Italy and have gained worldwide fame for their charm. A private guided excursion to this area is a perfect choice for travelers who wish to have a real taste of the southern Italian landscape. All you need to do is sit back and relax. Soak up the history, atmosphere and sheer beauty of the Amalfi Coast. In taking this upgrade to explore the Amalfi Coast you have the option to spend as little or as much time as possible in the picturesque towns along the coastline. Enjoy a fun trip for the entire family! All the traditional Italian charm, historic sites, scented citrus groves and sampling the local gelato will please adults and children alike. There are endless attractions in Amalfi Coast to experience from stunning Mediterranean views to historic spots that celebrate old rich traditions and delicious food. Enjoy a scenic drive along one of the most beautiful and thrilling roads in the world. Travel along the stunning coastline with stops peppered in for photo opportunities. The exquisite Amalfi drive zigzagging over hair-pin bends is said to be Europe’s most spectacular stretch of coastline. Enjoy breathtaking views of crystal blue water and secluded beaches as you drive past terraced hillsides and lovely whitewashed tiny towns. The ancient villages scattered along the Amalfi Coast have always attracted visitors of all ages for their charm and colorful architecture. Walk the historical lanes of Sorrento, lined with shops selling local souvenirs, giant lemons, and the local liquor Limoncello. This sophisticated resort town on the southwest coast of Italy also offers designer boutiques, lively gelato shops and great restaurants. Explore Amalfi a picturesque seaside resort that is also the largest town on the coast. Discover Positano an elegant and colorful hillside fishing village lined with outdoor cafés and designer boutiques with a history of attracting celebrities and artists.
Please Note: This optional feature upgrade is ONLY available to guests booking our Private English Speaking Driver/Guide & Deluxe A/C Vehicle upgrade.
Extra Time Duration: Customized

Tour in Comfort and Style by Private Air Conditioned Deluxe Vehicle

ADD ON Private English Speaking Licensed Driver/Guide & Deluxe A/C Vehicle
The beauty of a private guided car tour lies in the comfort and flexibility that it has to offer. With this optional upgrade guests have their own exclusive private vehicle and a  professional driver/guide at disposal for the whole length of the tour. A private vehicle and a driver/guide is the perfect solution for those who want to tour in comfort and style. Enjoy the flexibility to tour at your own pace with the convenience of your friendly on-hand English speaking licensed driver. With this optional upgrade guests looking to maximize their precious time experience the benefit of having a private transportation service at disposal for the whole length of the tour with hotel/apartment pick up and drop off. Our fully licensed insured a/c deluxe fleet is equipped with all the comforts and in compliance with the quality and safety standards required by the EU regulations.

Herculaneum closes on Christmas Day, January 1st and May 1st.

Bring a water bottle. You can refill it at the many water fountains (adapted from the Roman ones with new, non-lead pipes) throughout the site.

Bring snacks (especially if you’re traveling with kids or anyone who’s likely to be cranky when hungry) because there’s only one cafe within the excavations site.

Can I join a group tour?

Unfortunately this is not a service we offer. Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in individual and family private tours. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form small groups. Our private tours mean that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Your private tour is tailored to your individual needs and interests so everyone can ask questions and get the most from a new experience.

Are tips included?

Tips are optional. Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.

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