Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of the volcano mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD, Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of Wonders of the World and the excavations which began in the 18th century are still being carried out today.
Our guide will take you slowly through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see Baths, Forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 BC. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas. Even if your interests do not lie in the history, this is an archaeological site which cannot fail to impress you. Hercolaneum was a residential town without Pompeii’s commercial importance, surrounded by the villas of the wealthy Romans. When the catastrophe of 79 AD occurred Hercolaneum was submerged under a torrent of mudd and lava that hardened into a soft tufa (a kind of course rock) that preserved many of the timber features and household objects which can be seen today. A large portion of the old Hercolaneum is still buried under the modern town and even today excavations are going on to discover what treasures lie buried under the rock, to the extent that some families are being rehoused so work can continue.