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A Trip To Herculaneum

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After visiting Pompeii back in 2018 during our trip to Naples, we knew we had to come back to this area to see Herculaneum. We had spent so much time in Pompeii and then had a trip up Mount Vesuvius that we completely ran out of time.

The train from Sorrento took an hour and cost about €2 each, each way. It should be noted that this train can get very busy. Take some water as it does get very warm due to lack of air conditioning.

One thing to take into consideration is that there are two stops, Ercolano and Ercolano Scavi. Depart at the latter and you are just a short walk from the site.

Herculaneum, an ancient Roman coastal town destroyed by the pyroclastic flows caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79AD. Famous for its well preserved buildings, frescoes, paintings and the skeletons of people fleeing the eruption found in the 1980s.

Herculaneum, A Selection Of Photos

We spent a good few hours here just wandering from building to building. Unlike Pompeii it was nowhere near as busy. Therefore we found it more enjoyable but just as beautiful if not better. Some of the frescoes here were mind blowing. Take a look for yourself in this selection of photos.

Ancient Roman Walkway, Herculaneum
Ancient Roman Walkway, Herculaneum
Nymphaeum Niche
Nymphaeum Niche
Stunning Fresco, Herculaneum
Stunning Fresco, Herculaneum
Wall Art In Temple Dedicated To Augustus
Wall Art In Temple Dedicated To Augustus
Fresco With Modern Graffiti
Fresco With Modern Graffiti

The Skeletons Of Ercolano

The skeletons of people fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius were found sheltering in boat sheds in 1982. It was believed everyone had escaped until this discovery was made.

Skeletons Of Herculaneum
Skeletons Of Herculaneum
Close Up Of Skeleton
Close Up Of Skeleton

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Adult & Child Skeletons
Adult & Child Skeletons

We hope you enjoyed these photos, we have many more to share. One final image we will share with you is this. An eerie photo of Vesuvius looking down over the new town of Ercolano and the ancient Roman town buried underneath. You get a better idea of just how much ash and pumice covered over the area by the way the excavations are dug out. The new town built on top.

One Volcano, Two Towns, Old Meets New
One Volcano, Two Towns, Old Meets New

To read about our time spent visiting Pompeii click follow this link, Pompeii And Vesuvius. To read about the rest of our time in Sorrento and Positano check out this post Four Days In Sorrento.

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1 Comment

  1. 21/01/2020 / 09:50

    Wow! This ancient place I would love to visit and learn more about history! Looks very impressive!
    Thank you for sharing this post!

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