January 10 2014
OPLONTIS, ERCOLANO AND POMPEI
Tour up to a maximum of 4 people
The Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD flooded with lava all the little Vesuvius towns in the nearby. Oplontis’s excavations belong to the Archaeological Park of Torre Annunziata: it was a residential town for people of the highest rank, all buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations and archaeological researches have recovered lots of jewels of great quality and fine workmanship. All these remains with the other ones unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum, form a unique collection of priceless evidence testifying the existence of a genuine school of goldsmiths. The Villa of Poppea, Nero's wife, is of great interest. It is preserved in excellent condition and at the time of the eruption, it was uninhabited for the sustained damage occurred during the earthquake of 63s A.D. For this reason, there are no ornaments of all kinds but just lot of rich frescoes and they are visible all its spacious and luxurious environments: its entrance and peristyle; its spa and reception room; its garden, the master bedrooms and rooms for the servants; its porch and finally its lararium with a large swimming pool.. Herculaneum was destroyed by a 25 m thick layer of mud and lava. It is merely the mud that preserved all the rests without any great changements thanks to its seal function. The beauty of Herculaneum villas is amazing. If we look at their villas, all built just in front of the sea we will understand how lots of rich Romans enjoyed to spend their holidays over there. Walking along Decumani of Herculaneum is like walking through the time: their houses, their baths and temples, have saved their former colours. The archaeological site of Herculaneum is one of the most beautiful in the world. Pompeii’ s fate is inexorably linked to the Vesuvius. Each time we talk about Pompeii our mind always remembers about how its volcano in 79 AD signed its end by a violent eruption. All the stories concerning the eruption’s days written by Pliny the younger to Tacitus are very famous and dramatic. The roman writer described his uncle Pliny the Elder’s death during the eruption. After the disaster, Pompeii was buried under an over 6 m thick layer of ash and lapilli. This tragedy put an end to this town even though it was these very buried wall saved one of the most famous archaeological and picturesque sites known to man. Walking along the Decumani and the Insule paved with the original stones it is the most wonderful and striking experience that a man can live. Pompeii’s temples, fori, houses and villas, streets, amphitheaters and Roman theaters enchanted the visitor by taking him in an imaginative journey through time.
This tour starts and ends at the Hotel.
The departure is scheduled at about 9 am
The tour lasts approximately 6/8 hours.
You will visit: Oplontis, Ercolano e Pompei
The timetable for each visit is linked to the importance and the huge of things to see. However, you can define some different time staying by an agreement with your guide or driver.
The price does not include any entrance ticket to monuments.
The price does not include any lunch
We suggest to wear some comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses during spring and summer period. Do not miss to have a bottle of water with you.
Price to tour up to 4 people