Ashes to ashes...
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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Sant’Agnello is a small town “just a short walk” (That is what was listed in HostelWorld when we booked it) from Sorrento
Once I was rested up and ready for touring again, we went to Herculean (Ercolan). This is a much smaller and only partially excavated ruin also devastated by Mount Vesuvius in the same eruption that wiped out Pompeii. It is incredibly well-preserved and they just let you walk all around it--I was amazed that we could walk on the mosaic tile floors and into the bath house. I imagine at some point they will rope all of this off, so I felt fortunate to see it up close. After seeing both the ruins, Jeff was inspired to read “Pompeii”, by Robert Harris. It was recommended by Fodor’s as pre-work to seeing the ruins--although we read it after the fact it really helped to put what we saw into perspective and put a human face on the tragedy. It is historically accurate, with a great story weaved in. I recommend it for anyone going to that part of Italy. Afterwards, we also wished we had gone to Pompeii museum in Napoli, as that is supposedly where most of the artifacts are kept.
By this time we had decided to leave the rest of Italy for a future vacation destination, but we knew we had one more place we had to see- Venice!