Mount Vesuvio dominates the Bay of Naples. It is the only
active volcano on the mainland of Europe.
Since the Vesuvio eruption,79 A.D, the volcano has erupted about
three dozen times. You may view the crater of
Vesuvio, 1281 meters above sea level, by walking for
approximately 45 minutes up the steep mount, as the road for
vehicles terminate half way up this climb. The slopes were once
covered with vineyards and woods and provided an innocent
looking backdrop for the bustling towns below.
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The ancient Roman city of Pompei was destroyed and buried by the
eruption of the Vesuvio in 79 A.D, preserving it forever exactly
how it was when the eruption occurred. Pompei holds an
intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption
of the volcano Pompei lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of
years. T he town is high on the list of the Wonders of the World
and the excavations begun in the 18th Century are still being
carried out today.
Our guide will
take you slowly through this once thriving empire of nearly
20,000 inhabitants that was completely covered in 30 feet of
volcanic ash, where you can see some of the ancient streets of
Pompei baths, forums, theatres, wrestling grounds and villas
built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C.
Marvel at the fabulously preserved Frescos which adorned the
walls and floors of the villas. Even if your
interests do not lie in history, this is an archeological site
that cannot fail to impress you.
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• Ercolano (Herculaneum)
Our journey takes you along the coast road through Castellammare
di Stabia and out along the motorway to Ercolano which was
destroyed along with Pompei in 79 AD, and was rediscovered in
An ancient residential town of Greek origins, a smaller town
with a wealthier population at the time of the eruption. Covered
by a torrent of mud rather than ash, the ruins are in some ways
even better-preserved, and the site offers a variety of
beautiful scenery and invaluable arts. Embark on a walking tour
through the villas with portico gardens, fountains and baths,
and admire the wall frescoes and floor mosaics.
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