Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: travel diary and pictures
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Walk through an ancient city and feel as if you had traveled thousands of years in the past.

Pompeii and Herculaneum were ancient Roman cities buried in nearly six meters of ash from an explosion of the volcano Vesuvius. When I was a child, I grew up hearing the story of how the volcano buried these cities.

Herculaneum and Pompeii travel tips: Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii Carlo Mirante. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Before going there, I thought I would have visit just the ruins of an ancient city. Nothing further from the truth! When I could visit them, my first impression was that cities were still alive - , as if ghosts of their former inhabitants still were around me despite of the thousands of tourists who visit these ruins daily. I saw its original people walking down the streets, trading, meeting in the amphitheater as well everyday life dictated.
Herculaneum and Pompeii travel tips: a street of Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: a street of Pompeii The mad penguin. Licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

Pompeii travel tips: erotic fresco at Lupanare

Pompeii visit tips: erotic fresco at Lupanare (the brothel of Pompeii) Carlo Mirante. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Pompeii visit tips: villa of misteries courtyard

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: villa of misteries courtyard Momo. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Pompeii visit tips: the bodies recovered in the excavations

The most impressive memory was when I could see the bodies recovered in the excavations. Bodies covered with a layer of mud showing every gesture, every fold as a horror mask of that moment. Their skeleton are still preserved within stone coffins. You could see the expression of horror on their faces -  and watch how they  hugged children, they were intact at the very moment of his death . It was amazing to think and feel the horror that these people felt at that time.

Herculaneum and Pompeii travel tips: a victim in Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: a victim in Pompeii Carlo Mirante. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Both in Pompeii and in Herculaneum, it was as if time stopped , everything was intact, it’s possible to see their homes, their belongings and everything they possessed . See and feel not just as archaeological remains, but as people of flesh and blood like you and me who lived a normal, everyday life, with its joys, their misfortunes, entertainment and families as anyone today. Thinking about this I look far toward the author of all, the volcano Vesuvius, so peaceful sleeping a dream that no one knows how long it will last.

Herculaneum pictures

Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: villa in Herculaneum

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: villa in Herculaneum Andrew Fogg. Licensed by CC BY 2.0



Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: ancient Herculaneum main road (Decumano Massimo)

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: ancient Herculaneum main road (Decumano Massimo) Elliott Brown. Licensed by CC BY 2.0


Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: Sannitica house in Herculaneum

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: Sannitica house in Herculaneum Elliott Brown. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: mosaic in Herculaneum

Herculaneum and Pompeii visit tips: mosaic in Herculaneum S J Pinkney. Licensed by CC BY 2.0