Dig out Herculanuem!
Compared to Pompeii, Herculaneum is a small, but well kept little town. 4 Ha. can be visited.
After the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum was covered airtight by a 25 meters thick layer of mud, which preserved perfectly. Even the carbonized beams of the top floor are still visible. The wooden door still hangs in the hinges, gripped tight in the mud.
Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii, possessing an extraordinary density of fine houses with, for example, far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding.
Ancient life in Herculaneum
In many respects Hercolaneum is a smaller version of Pompeii, both are buried Roman cities that have been remarkably preserved when excavated. A lot of people prefer Ercolano to Pompeii as its a much more compact site and has significantly less visitors. Both sites are managed by the same people and its easy to visit both in one day using a combined ticket and the local train which connects both.
Guided Tour by Guide Pompeii
During the 2 hour guided tour you will re-live the tragedy of 2000 years ago. We see the mosaic floors and painted walls, just as it used to be. Just like Pompeii, Herculaneum was rediscovered only 1700 years after the large eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. As the ancient town was situated right in the centre of modern Ercolano, excavation was a big problem. It is, therefore, very suggestive to stand in the excavated part of ancient Herculaneum, which you can see as a huge hole in the centre of a modern town.