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Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius & Ercolano

 

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One of Joe Banana's private drivers will meet you at your accommodation in Amalfi for a day tour filled with Roman history. 

 

After about a one hour drive up to the Amalfi Coast, you will arrive at the ruins of Pompeii. Part of an ancient Roman city destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D., it is the first stop on this breathtaking excursion!

 

The remainder of the uncovered city is buried under the new Pompeii rebuilt many years after the eruption.  Archeological excavations are open to the public between the hours of 08:30 and 18:30 every day of the week. 

 

After Pompeii your private driver will take you up to Mt Vesuvius, where thousands of prosperous citizens on and before 79 A.D. sought comfort and luxury in the majesty of Mount Vesuvius regarding it as nothing less than a gift from the gods. In those days of abundance and wealth, no Neapolitan would have anticipated the hidden threat churning inside their beloved mountain and erupting violently during the morning of August 24th, 79 A.D., destroying all of the surrounding cities, spitting lava and gases into the air. Since then, Vesuvius has erupted approximately three dozen times. The most recent eruptions between 1913-1944 were thought to bring to an end the eruptive cycle that began in 1631.

 

You too can view the crater of Vesuvius which stands 1281 meters above sea level.  Our vehicles can take you half way up this climb and you can tackle the rest on foot by walking for approximately 45 minutes up the steep mountain. The view from the top makes the effort more than worthwhile!

 

Following your time on Mt. Vesuvius, your driver will be happy to suggest a nice place for lunch before continuing onto Herculaneum. 

 

Ercolano (Herculaneum), an ancient residential town of Greek origins, is also an important stop for those tourists wishing to steep themselves in Roman history. 

 

Destroyed and buried in ashes, together with Pompeii, by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Herculaneum also offers a variety of beautiful scenery and invaluable arts. Strangely, excavations began by accident in 1709 when some workers were digging a well. They discovered a wall, obviously old and out of sight for hundreds of years,  which was later found to be one of the stages of the ancient theatre. Later, there were many human skeletons uncovered at the ancient shoreline, suggesting that numerous inhabitants attempted to escape by sea, but perished when mountains collapsed into rivers of lava and volcanic gases were released.

 

After this historically rich day tour we will drive back to your accommodation in Amalfi.

 

We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites. 

Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius & Ercolano

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius
Pompeii
Ercolano