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Shared Shore Excursion: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius

Shared Shore Excursion: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius Tour duration 9 h Starting at 56,00 €/person

Tour description

This is a spectacular excursion, especially for the tourists who are particularly interested in Roman history. A shared tour on the three main sites that best represent the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. You'll have the opportunity to visit the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum that were completely destroyed by the fury of the volcano in 79 AD. Read more ... This incredible tour will start from the Naples Port, where your private driver will be waiting for you, ready to take you to to your first stop: Pompeii. Along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 mt of ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The site was lost for about 1500 years, until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by a Spanish engineer, in 1748. So Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years, with approximately 2.5 millions of visitors every year. Herculaneum, instead, is smaller but best preserved then Pompeii. Here you can even admire wooden objects, such as roof tops, building, beams, beds and doors. In the afternoon, your driver will guide you on Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano and also one of the most dangerous in the world. Here you'll have the chance to reach the top of the mountain and admire its scary crater and most of all enjoy the spectacular view of the bay of Naples.

INCLUDED:
Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle,
English speaking driver,
All tolls, parking, petrol (gas) and taxes.

NOT INCLUDED:
Entrance tickets where applicable,
Lunch,
Optional authorised guide, available on request Tips.

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Attractions

Pompeii Ruins Herculaneum Ruins Mt.Vesuvius

Pompeii Ruins

The long catastrophic eruption of the Vesuvius in the year AD 79 drowned the thriving and bustling city of Pompeii in 20 to 23 feet of ash and pumice. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then four-fifths of the city was excavated and a walk through the excavations is a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past, offering an insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, many objects (such as bottles, glassware and silverware) were found intact in the city’s homes, filled with splendid frescoes, some of which are on display in Naples’ Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Being an important commercial centre in Campania felix, played a strategic role in the redistribution of goods between Rome, the inland cities and the ports on the Mediterranean. The life of the city centred around the Forum. Still today one can admire the remains of the Basilica, seat of justice and chamber of commerce, religious buildings and the Macellum, site of the marketplace. From the main square streets lead off to the ancient city, revealing majestic houses, such as the House of the Faun and the House of the Vettii, with their splendid frescoes. The shops in Via dell’Abbondanza, offer a lively impression of everyday life two thousands years ago. From here we carry on to the Stabian Baths, the oldest public baths in Pompeii, ending up at the massively impressive Amphitheatre, where even today, as in the Large Theatre, there are concerts and theatrical productions. Just outside the city, stands the Villa of the Mysteries, the most ‘enigmatic’ monument in Pompeii, with its grand fresco celebrating the mysterious cult of Dionysus. In summer the ruins can also be visited at night. ‘Suggestioni al foro’ is a theatrical production which, through sounds and voices echoing around the temples and houses, recreates the atmosphere of the ‘lost’ city. The visit ends with a multimedia show which reconstructs the dramatic phases of the eruption with special effects and filmed images. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.

Herculaneum Ruins

Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population than Pompeii at the time of the destruction by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, though Pompeii is the most famous. Vesuvius started erupting on August 24, AD 79, and buried them in superheated pyroclastic material that has solidified into volcanic tuff. The volcanic water, ash and debris covering Herculaneum, along with the extreme heat, left it in a remarkable state of preservation for over 1600 years. Infact, it is the source of the first Roman skeletal and physical remains available for study that were located by science, for the Romans almost universally cremated their dead. A large part of the buildings remain several stories high: the House of Argus still has its wooden balcony. The House of Relief of Telephus is distinguished by its refined marble decorations; the House of Neptune and Amphitrite have beautiful mosaics; the House of the Deer has sumptuous rooms and the superb Villa of the Papyri is famous for its sculptures, now on view in the Archaeological Museum of Naples and its library of philosophical texts. Today excavations have been temporarily discontinued, in order to direct all funding to help save the city.

Mt.Vesuvius

Vesuvius is a sight of rare beauty in the landscape of the Gulf. A famous picture postcard image taken from the hill of Posillipo did get right in the collective imagination of the city of Naples, though it is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century. The eruption also changed the course of the Sarno River and raised the sea beach, so that Pompeii was now neither on the river nor adjacent to the coast. Vesuvius itself underwent major changes: its slopes were denuded of vegetation and its summit changed considerably due to the force of the eruption. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. The area around Vesuvius was officially declared a national park on 5 June 1995 for the great interest in geology, biology and history that its territory is. Agricultural production has a unique variety of flavors and originality. The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends. There is access by road to within 200 metres (660 ft) of the summit (measured vertically), but thereafter access is on foot only. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater.

Pricing

Price for Mercedes E-class Sedan Price for Mercedes Viano Price for Mercedes Vito
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Shared Tour 115,00 €/pax 57,00 €/pax 56,00 €/pax
Private Tour 350,00 €/vehicle 400,00 €/vehicle 450,00 €/vehicle

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