Pompeii is known throughout the world for the tragedy that hit it in 79 AD, when the rich Roman city was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, along with Stabiae, Oplontis and Herculaneum. An immense tragedy that, however, has allowed us to find an intact historical testimony, a cross-section of common life in the greatest empire of antiquity, unchanged after almost two thousand years.
The excavations allow the tourist a leap in time, a total immersion in a vanished world of which our Western civilization bears the “DNA” and which shows itself without sequins or tricks, but with its magnitudes and its miseries. The excavations allow us to visit the good living room of the temples, the public buildings, the rich patrician villas, but also to stroll among the ancient shops, the popular houses, the “taverns” and the lupanari, where the common citizen unraveled his life.
Particularly touching is the sight of plaster casts, a “snapshot” of the agony to which the ancient Pompeians were subjected by the hot gas coming from Vesuvius.
The first stop is Naples, one of the most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean famous worldwide for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy, where you will take a short panoramic tour to discover its beauty from the comfort of your coach climbing up the Vomero hill. The town overlooks the bay of Naples which extends from the Sorrento peninsula to vulcanic area of Phlegrean fields, and the skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius, offering an impressive sight perfect to take stunning pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, and after a short walk along the pictoresque coast road, you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, to reach the town of Ercolano where we will stop for lunch. The reastaurant is in a first class hotel in Herculaneum, situated in a marvelous environment and surrounded by wonderful gardens dating back to 1700. Then head to Pompeii and skip the line to one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city you will learn how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery and the objects beneath the city have been well-preserved for centuries. So you can walk along the ancient streets for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans, discovering ancient houses, bakeries and shops and imagine the everyday life in the Roman times. At the end of the visit we will return to the coach for our trip back to Rome.
Departures every day at 07:30; ask for greater precision.
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