Private Herculaneum Walking Tour

Private Herculaneum Walking Tour
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$200
Duration: 2 hours
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Explore ancient Herculaneum with a knowledgeable guide on this 2-hour tour. Step back 2000 years and get immersed in a Roman Town buried under nearly 60 feet of volcanic debris. This private walking tour let's you get into the ancient houses of Herculaneum, its shops, taverns, bath houses and more. Expect to see unique visions of mosaics, frescoes and skeletons. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii, but it's better preserved and easier to visit.

The first approach is absolutely spectacular: beneath you the ancient town laying at the bottom of an archaeological hole about 60 feet deep, in front of you the huge skyline of Mt Vesuvius, behind you the clear light blue of the Bay of Naples and its islands. From the top you can see at one glance all of the excavated area, corresponding probably to one quarter of the entire ancient Herculaneum. Also visible from the very top is the ancient marina, where a 300 human skeletons were found together with a boat and a few fishing tools. Crossing a modern bridge, discover the garden of the “House of the Albergo”, where quince apple trees were replanted following the evidence of carbonized roots of these ancient fruit tree.

Next, stop at the Council Hall of the Augustales, where beautifully preserved frescoes depicting Hercules were painted. See the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, admire the wonderful mosaics decorating the outdoor ‘biclinium’ (dining room); it was probably the house of a merchant: directly connected to it there is a food store with its counter, containers for food and amphorae for wine. Here the carbonized wooden shelves are still hanging on the walls.

Discover the bath house (an ancient Spa), still covered with mosaics. It will introduce you to the world or Roman daily care and social life, the bath house contains a gym, a changing room, a tepid room, a hot room and at last a cold tub.

Nearby Grande Palestra is a glorious public sporting place to see. According to availability also visit the House of the Tramezzo Carbonizzato - where an original and nearly intact door still gives access to the main living room.

Herculaneum is not as big as Pompeii, in a 2-hour visit you're able to see most of the ancient town and certainly all the highlights. Each walking tour will be adjusted on the desires and walking attitude of the participants. Also be aware that this private guided walking tour has to adapt to the availability of different areas which changes daily and cannot be predetermined.

Explore ancient Herculaneum with a knowledgeable guide on this 2-hour tour. Step back 2000 years and get immersed in a Roman Town buried under nearly 60 feet of volcanic debris. This private walking tour let's you get into the ancient houses of Herculaneum, its shops, taverns, bath houses and more. Expect to see unique visions of mosaics, frescoes and skeletons. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii, but it's better preserved and easier to visit.