At your disembarking you will find one of our Licensed English speaking driver that for an easy identification will be holding a sign with your name on it and he will welcome you introducing himself and the program of your Pompeii Vesuvius Herculaneum Shore excursion. On the way he will give you a running commentary related to culture, history and traditions and of course he will stop on the way to give you time to take pictures at the best view points. During the day he will recommend you nice restaurant for your lunch.
On August 24th in 79 A.D. Vesuvius awoke from the longest of slumbers, catching the local population completely by surprise. The eruption was apocalyptic: all life at the foot on the volcano was wiped out, and even the memory of the last cities soon faced. 1.700 years later, the Vesuvian towns were unearthed, providing the world with its two most important archaeological sites, Pompeii and Herculaneum.with roughly four fifths of its urban area excavated, is the most famous and evocative archaeological site in the world. The roman centre which we can visit today is in fact descended from another older site, which was founded at the beginning of the sixth century BC by the Oscans, an Italic people succeeded by the Samnites. Numerous traces of the italic city remain to this day.
Vesuvius and Campania go hand to hand. “A Muntagna" is the name given by Neapolitans to the world’s most famous volcano in symbol of the city, whose perfect shape seals the Gulf of Naples. The majestic cone is dominated by an un-setting yet evocative atmosphere. For the traveller, a tormented landscape of savage beauty awaits, with the view from the top of the volcano stretching from the Sorrentine Peninsula to Capo Posillipo. Vesuvius is the only active volcano in continental Europe and is also one of the world’s most dangerous: the area beneath it is densely populated, with houses reaching 700 metres in altitude.
Unlike Pompeii, which was buried under a layer of ash and lapilli, Herculaneum was submerged by a mud and lava flow measuring up to 25 metres deep. It is the mud that preserved the materials, effectively sealing everything in its path. Wood, fabrics and food underwent a slow transformation, but remained unaltered within their casings, almost petrified.