Mainly a fishing village, Herculaneum was most appreciated for its position overlooking the Bay of Naples. It became very rich as it was chosen as a summer resort by wealthy Romans who built wonderful villas adorned with magnificent frescoes, mosaics and great sculptures. There's a feeling about Herculaneum that's quite different from what one feels in other ancient world centers brought to light so far, including Pompeii. The torrent of mud flooding down from the volcano served for centuries as the best possible defense against atmospheric agents and illegal excavators. See the houses, shops, and baths, including wooden elements, foodstuffs and fabrics that are preserved intact, thus offering a unique vision of their lives long ago. En route, visit a cameo factory nearby to see how the famous jewelry is made and then have some time to browse the store.
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1 of 2(50%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
We took this excursion during our very first Med cruise. This was my husband's "must see" for the entire cruise. We absolutely loved it. Our guide, Jose, was wonderful. He made the history come to life. The ruins at Herculaneum, while smaller than Pompeii, are preserved much better. They have even begun to replant the gardens of the city based on the seeds they have found amongst the ruins. The frescoes were absolutely stunning - its hard to believe that the colors have remained so vibrant after all these years. There is one house where the wooden doors are still hanging. And there is also evidence of second stories. It's quite something to sit in the baths the citizens of Herculaneum sat in...to see how the ceilings were formed to so there would be no dripping on the heads of the customers. We loved this tour and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the history of the eruption. Once you see how close Vesuvius is to the town, you can imagine, if just for a moment, what the citizenry must have felt when the eruption began and then worsened as the day went on. I understand that when the eruption began, there was no word in their language for "volcano" - they had no idea what was happening nor the horror they would be facing in a very short time. If there was anything negative, I would say that the stop at the cameo factory is completely unnecessary. I came to see the ruins of Herculaneum, not go shopping. But I also understand that that is not going to change.
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Review 2 for Ruins Of Herculaneum
I traveled with:Other
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Palma Majorca, Spain
I want to go here next:Alaska
Date:June 16, 2011
Worst excursion ever
I truly regret going on this excursion, it was a big ditch of a civilization that had been wiped out from the volcano. It was interesting for the first 5 - 10 minutes but then it got extremely boring. The tour guide showed us houses that all looked the same except for the living room and kitchen were in a different place.
We even regretted it more when we heard how fun, and how beautiful capri island was.
This excursion was NOT WORTH THE MONEY OR YOUR TIME.