Pompeii and Herculaneum are two archeological sites unique in the world and considered World Heritage since 1997.
They are not simple ruins but entire cities, with buildings, streets, squares, shops and offices. Visitors can admire all the details: crossovers, pavements, public fountains, shops with bread on the counters, one-ways for chariots. All information that have allowed to researchers and archaeologists to rewrite the history and understand how life happened in that period.
The two cities people believed destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 B.C. were found by chance. By chance or fate, if you prefer, buildings, statues, paintings, mosaics, artifacts but also charred bodies, skeletons and detroyed human lives were discovered. Most of these findings are in the National archeological museum of Naples in order to avoid any kind of damages provoked by bad weather, vandalism or even oblivion.
A part of the ancient cities still lie under the blanket of lapillus, ash and lava and there is still much to dig. About two thirds of Pompeii are still under the soil. And the same situation is in Herculaneum, about 8 km far from Pompeii, but equally beautiful and charming.
A visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum is like a jump into the past, a great opportunity to discover the daily life, the Roman rules, the customs and traditions of that period.
Many philosophers have tried to explain the splendour and beauty of an age when people had no technology but they built roads, anti-seismic bridges still alive today and squares where they did politics. But rebuilding daily habits in a typical imperial city has been made possible only thanks to Pompei and Herculaneum’s findings.
Since then, the legend of the ancient cities has come back to life.
Pompei and Herculaneum Travel Guide
- A bit of history
- Visiting Pompeii
- Visiting Herculaneum
- Practical advice
- How to get the site
- Tickets and bookings