Travel Blogs from Ercolano
In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and spewed volcanic ash and debris over 3 towns below it, Pompeii being one. It remained covered until the 1700's when excavations began to literally unearth and restore what was once a city of 10,000 people, a town of considerable size in those days. We spent the morning on a guided tour of this unbelievable site, leaving there in awe of the recovery effort but also much more educated about the sophistication of ...
... had any conception what that could have looked like.
The day was very satisfying but pretty exhausting (we were on our feet for over 3 hours at Pompeii and about 2 at Herculaneum) so we went back to our hotel for a bit (another luxury of having a car) and then went out again for dinner. We went to a place highly recommended by TripAdvisor (I worry a little about becoming too dependent on TripAdvisor, since ...
... and the ash layer formed an airtight seal over the town.
We had a really good time exploring, seeing more baths, Roman streets and skeletons!
After making sure we saw all the best bits we walked very quickly up the hill out of the Herculaneum to the station to catch a train to Pompeii where Jenny had worked out we could catch a public bus (included in our travel passes) to Vesuvius and save 10euros each!
See Vesuvius ...
... the Ercolano Scavi train station.
For anyone unfamiliar with the history:
Along with its more famous sister city, Pompeii, Herculaneum was almost blotted out of the history books by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. During the afternoon of August 24th, the volcano erupted, shooting ash 20 miles into the sky. Prevailing winds pushed the ash plume southward, burying Pompeii and its inhabitants. In the early morning hours of ...
... granny trail, with a gale force wind behind me, nicely pushing me to the top—although I dread what it’s going to be like walking down again!
And there it is… in all its spendour: the massive crater of Mount Vesuvius, with little clouds of steam seeping from the sides, and the very distinct volcano smell, like rotten eggs. Yes, Vesuvius is very much alive.
It suddenly strikes me that this is the very first ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking