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Herculaneum Ruins - Naples National Archaeological Museum

Tour Description

The tour starts with the visit of the ancient city of Herculaneum, covered because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79A.D. Pompeii and Herculaneum were quite different from each other for differents reasons: Pompeii was the larger city and more of a commercial hub than Herculaneum,Pompeii was buried by five metres of volcanic ash, instead Herculaneum was buried by up to 20 metres of volcanic material. Most of the buildings in Pompeii collapsed due to the fall of pumice stone and other materials, which didn't happen in Herculaneum.
The inhabitants of both enjoyed all the amenities of the cities, from baths and theatres to temples and markets, and lived in a wide variety of homes, from luxurious houses to tenement blocks, small flats above shops.
Then we will reach by private car the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Europe’s most important and largest archaeological museum and here we will see most of findings coming from Pompeii and Herculaneum ,such as mosaics(including extraordinary mosaics made from tesserae (tiles) so tiny that the effect is almost like painting), decorations, the papyrus rolls from Herculaneum,and also a collection of erotic decorations from Pompeii,which was locked away in the Secret Room for a long time.

Herculaneum Ruins - Naples National Archaeological Museum

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