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Shore excursion: Pompeii and Herculaneum tour

HIGHLIGHTS AND WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Places of interest: Pompeii and Herculaneum archaeological excavations
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Private vehicle and driver with pick up and return in front of your cruise ship
  • Private local guide
  • Entrance tickets with reservation skip the line
  • Exclusivity: All our tours are PRIVATE, not sharing with other guests
  • Accessible: Visit Accessible website

Lunch is NOT included.

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POMPEII TOUR - NAPLES
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Pompeii and Herculaneum tour: discover the most famous Italian ancient archeological site.

Pompeii is of the most famous Italian ancient archeological site, is a whole Roman city fossilized and preserved over time, keeping as they were its beautiful villas, houses, temples, thermal areas and Spa, the incredible foro, theaters, arenas and many public buildings…
But the unique characteristic of Pompeii is for sure the possibility to see real bodies of person fossilized in the natural position of their death. In 1997, UNESCO declared Pompeii “World Heritage”.

Our Pompeii tour take you discovering the rich roman town that in the year 79 D.C. was completely covered by the ashes of the Vesuvius volcano during a devastating eruption. Pompeii remained buried under the ashes for 1669 years, until when Carlo di Borbone the king of the two Sicilies kingdom, started the excavation of the area in the year 1748. Pompeii, due to the fast coming of the ashes and lava from the volcano arriving during the night and covering the whole city on just one hour, was completely and perfectly fossilized. Thanks at the layer of ash that covered it and the lack of oxygen under the layers, the ruins and bodies remained intacts for centuries.

With our Pompeii tour, you can visit an unmissable accessible ancient archeological site that will allow you, literally, to see the streets of Roman history and discovering incredible architectural masterpieces.

“Pompeii” became a Roman colony in the III century B.C. and thanks to its position became a very important commercial Roman port, famous in all the Mediterranean area for the export of wine and oil. This was the reason why rich Roman merchants built their “Villas” there, but beside them, also many people worked in the area, so it’s possible today to see the differences between the rich “villas” of the business man and the regular people living in standard “houses”. As all the Roman cities, even “Pompeii” have its “Temples”, “Spa”, “Foro” “theaters”, “Arenas” and many “public Buildings” perfectly preserved during the centuries.

Pompeii tour under the guidance of our knowledgeable archeological guide is an experience that remain printed in your mind for the rest of your life

Enjoy our Pompeii tour and discover history!

“Hercolaneum” is an Italian city, world-famous for the archaeological excavations of the “Roman city” founded, according to legend, by “Hercules” and destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79; together with those of “Pompeii” and “Oplontis”, they are part of the “UNESCO World Heritage Sites”….
“Herculaneum” was considered by the Romans to be a more residential location. During excavations for the creation of a well in 1709, its first precious marbles came to light, lining an ancient theater. Work continued throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, gradually bringing to light the ancient “Herculaneum”, a name which, according to Greek mythology, derives from the god Hercules, who founded his city here. It should be noted that the excavations that have come to light represent only a fraction of the ancient city, now buried under the more modern Herculaneum.

The excavations at “Herculaneum” are a detailed insight into Roman society, where ancient houses, theaters and places of worship have been preserved almost intact, bringing to light a wealth of information on the social organisation and daily life of the time. A destination for millions of tourists, a holiday in “Herculaneum” is a cultural must if you are on the “Neapolitan coast”.

The archaeological area is made up of several quarters defined by small streets and squares, enclosed by an orthogonal crossroads. Among the many points of interest, the “Casa dei Cervi” and the “Casa dell’Atrio” stand out, both with breathtaking views of the “Gulf of Naples”.

“Casa dei Cervi” is perhaps the most elegant house in ancient “Herculaneum”, thanks to its terraces and the statue of two deer mauled by a dog. “The House of the Atrium”, on the other hand, has an entrance with a mosaic floor, as does “the House of Neptune and Amphitride” with a glass mosaic on the eastern wall. In the northern part of the building dedicated to the God of the Sea, there is also a nymphaeum covered with a mosaic and embellished with marble theater masks. Adjacent, an ancient workshop has preserved a series of amphorae and the remains of a brass bed.

The final highlight is the “Villa dei Papiri”, also known as the Villa dei Pisoni, one of the most impressive buildings in “Herculaneum”.

Walking along the old streets of “Herculaneum”, you will also be able to admire “the Great Palesta” – Gymnasium and the countless rows of shops, the ancient commercial hub of the acropolis. Examples are “the Great Tavern of Priapus” and the workshop of a blacksmith named Plumbarius. The last area of the excavations, further south, includes the two sacred buildings, erected in honor of Venus, Hercules, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

What are you waiting for? Join us in this captivating tour and discover the Herculaneum city!

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