The old town
Herculaneum was buried under twenty-three meters of volcanic ash and pumice in the terrible eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Bourbone bring in to light thanks to a random discovery near the ancient theatre in Herculaneaum.
This archeological site offers the possibility of observing the old urban pattern, the house distribution in space, the magnificent thermal baths, the sumptuosus gym and also la monumental cathedral.
The perfect preservation of wood, of bronze and of the front part of the building create a more completed picture of the different style under the Vesuvius and also of the construction industry of the time.
The most important archaeological testimonies are the college of the Augustales, thermal baths, the House of Aristides and Neptune, The House of Sanniti and the shore where more than 300 people died.
Imperial Villa with refined decorations
Villa Poppaea Sabina, in the name of the second wife of Nero, is part of UNESCO’s intangible world heritage, because of its luxurious residential structure and thermal baths-both full of frescos. It is the classical example of Otium Villa because it was built in order to take advantage of the healty weather near the cost which helped them reinforce their spirit and body.
The buildings is embellished by fantastic pictorial decoration in Pompeian style but also by white marble sculpture in the garden or in the thermal baths. In Crassius Tertius Villa, a lot of amphora, weights and furnishings were found; that’s why they think this structure was used as a store of the surrounding agricultural products.
A part of the place was reserved for the dominus- the owner- as a huge number of frescos, jewelry and parts of more than 54 human bodies testify.
Pick up at the accommodation or agreed meeting point
• 10:00 Arrival in Oplonti
◦ Guided tour (2:30)
• 12:30 return
1 hour free time
meeting of participants and departure towards Herculaneum
14:00 entrance to the Archaeological Park at the time established on the entrance ticket
Start of the tour guided by a licensed professional (2.3h)
route pre-established by the organization: narration and stops by the tour guide
When finished, exit the site
17:00 drop off