Pompeii & Herculaneum
Pompeii & Herculaneum
OPERATING FROM 01 APRIL TILL 31 OCTOBER – DEPARTURE FROM SORRENTO
Operating on the following days: Sunday
-Air Conditioned Coach
Not included: optional meals and entrance fees
Travel from Sorrento to Pompeii and Herculaneum, and discover the story of these two cities destroyed by the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Though different, both cities provide an incredible image of life in the early years of the Roman Empire, and allow us to dive into the past and experience what life was like in the ancient world.
Pompeii was a wealthy city of agriculture and commerce, and was famous for its wine. It was inhabited by Campanian people, who still sometimes spoke the ancient Oscan language, and who enjoyed having fun and living well. During your excursion from Sorrento to Pompeii you can discover the city’s many bathhouses, (the ancient Romans’ preferred leisure spot), its two theatres, its amphitheatre (home of the gladiatorial games) and the many brothels. There is also the Forum, a great space adorned with monuments where the city’s public life took place, while religious life was catered for in the two temples, commercial life was centred in the Macellum (an indoor market), and matters of law were dealt with in the basilica. During your visit you can also see the homes of rich Pompeiian citizens, whose statues, frescos and mosaics are still visible, particularly in the House of Faun, House of Vetti and the beautiful Villa of the Mysteries.
Your day tour from Sorrento will also include a visit to Herculaneum, a smaller Roman city on the coast. Following the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was covered in a light rain of ash and lava, which covered the city but did not destroy the houses or buildings. Herculaneum, however, was buried under a torrent of mud which submerged the entire city, and its remains are gradually being excavated. Before the eruption Herculaneum was full of beautiful Roman villas, in which the Romans would practise otium, which included reading, conversing with friends, enjoying free time and living peacefully, not unlike the modern use of holiday homes. In one of these villas an entire library of extremely precious texts has been discovered, including works by important Greek and Roman writers and philosophers, which would have served as symbols of wealth and prestige during the Roman period.
An excursion from Sorrento to Pompeii and Herculaneum is a visit unlike any in the world. An incomparable experience, this visit acts as a true time machine, taking you back to discover an ancient, marvellous era.