Having taken the Vatican tour with Lucia last September, it was a pleasure to see her again and to take the Ancient Rome tour with her. My grandson had never been to Rome and he was most impressed with all Lucia had to tell us. Claudio is an excellent driver and always found the perfect parking spot. My daughter and grandson took the Vatican tour with Lucia, which I had taken before, and once again, they had a wonderful, informative afternoon. In Florence, we were pleased with the time spent with Mariana, who is also a very knowledgeable, interesting guide. We were interested in local dining and she was most helpful with suggestions.
When friends go to Italy, I always suggest taking a tour with your company and I know of one couple who will be doing so in the fall.
I hope you will pass my comments on to Lucia, Claudio and Mariana.
HERCULANEUM PRIVATE TOUR FROM NAPLES
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.