Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius from Sorrento or Positano a tour that combines history and nature in a single day … A journey through time to breathe the history of Ancient Rome through the ruins of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and admire the dormant crater of Vesuvius, the volcano that has destroyed. Pompeii is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, a World Heritage Site and the largest archaeological site in Europe. Our tour is completed with the visit to the Vesuvius to contemplate its majesty and go back to AD 79 when its violent eruption destroyed everything around it including Herculaneum, our last stop.
Nearly 2,000 years after the eruption of Vesuvius you will have the opportunity to walk through the ruins of an ancient Roman city and see the houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by volcanic ash. Pompeii is unforgettable, it is the only place on earth where you can begin to understand, face to face, how the Romans lived in the first century AD: from brothels to elegant dining rooms up to a sumptuous spa complex, the eruption through ash and lapilli, instantly photographed the life of a quiet city of ancient Rome. The best advice to visit Pompeii is to “keep your eyes open” and explore every corner with curiosity. Do not miss: the house of the tragic poet which holds the famous mosaic Cave Canem, the Forum, which was the center of religious and economic life, the House of the Faun, one of the largest and most impressive private residences in Pompeii, Termopolio a kind of ancient inn where foreigners could eat and buy wine,and the brothel, famous for its erotic paintings. After the visit our tour goes on towards the slopes of the Vesuvius.
The visit to Vesuvius
Vesuvius is an explosive experience! The journey starts from the slopes of the volcano: climbing to the crater where we will stop several times to admire the breathtaking landscape in view. Arriving at the top it’s time to walk to the summit: we suggest you wear comfortable shoes for what will be a pleasant walk of about 40 minutes. When you reach the summit at 1,200 meters, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the picturesque Bay of Naples from east to west: an amazing sight of the Gulf of Naples and Campi Flegrei, Ischia, Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula. Turning their eyes towards the crater, visitors are struck by the landscape that they will find in front of them: the edge with its high internal walls covered with minerals and lichen that give the rock a thousand shapes and colors. Then at some point, arise plumes of steam fumaroles, the dormant volcano breath … It’s time for a well deserved lunch, we will stop at a local restaurant and then start out again towards Herculaneum.
The ruins of Herculaneum
The fate of Herculaneum runs parallel to that of Pompeii but compared to the most famous archaeological site was destroyed in a different way. The 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius Herculaneum submerged in a sea of 16m of debris that left the city almost unchanged and have preserved many artifacts and everyday objects. The archaeological site covers a small grid of streets, this allows the visitor to instantly grasp how the city was structured and how the daily life was organized at that time. Most notable is the beautiful Villa dei Papiri built overlooking the sea that held more than 1800 papyri and extraordinary sculptures.