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Ercolano

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  • Day91

    Herculaneum: In the Shadow of Pompeii

    October 28, 2017 in Italy

    Learning from our previous errors, we were set to explore Herculaneum, a site often overlooked by many tourists in favour of the more renown Pompeii. This time there would be no delays with trains but instead we were unable to get out of our apartment. Our apartment was keyless, which meant we had to input a code into the security system to enter and push a button to exit. It was as if someone had hit the panic room button and we were unable to escape. Flashes of the Absolutely Fabulous episode where Eddie and Patsy get “locked” in their panic room ran through our minds. However, there was no Moët to comfort us as we waited to be rescued. When we finally were able to open the door, after a few kicks, we felt like we had been in their forever (when really it was only 10 minutes). In our minds, though, we were preparing for the long haul.

    Herculaneum, while not as large as Pompeii, still has many magnificent villas and well-preserved structures. Even less known are the villas in Boscoreale, Oplontis and Stabia, which were next on our itinerary. Villa Poppaea, supposedly owned by the Emperor Nero's second wife, was astounding to walk through, imagining the opulence that once must have filled the rooms. The villas Arianna and San Marco were equally as impressive buildings, overlooking the Bay of Naples.

    Once we discovered the Circumvesuviana train line, the missing link from Google Maps, navigating to many of these sites became slightly easier and generally involved a lot less walking – well, sometimes. But it did mean travelling in a machine manufactured in the dark ages. Instead of a train it resembled more of a washing machine on wheels. By the time you get to Pompeii you're on spin cycle and you rattle all the way back to Napoli.

    Next stop: back to Napoli.

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/EYcQVO4ILmY
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  • Day16

    Change of plans today after a discussion with Katia over breakfast. Prosciutto , cheese , bread , olives , garden tomatoes , sweet croissants and lemon bread with a cappuccino never gets old. Perfect start to the day! She suggested Positano and we agreed . Getting to Amalfi and not going to Positano didn't make sense 😊. As we are eating breakfast on the terrasse we see a helicopter fly by. Katia says it's Kevin Spacey in his private helicopter as filming wrapped up yesterday. 😀. So Alfonso , Katia's papa drove us down to Amalfi to get the bus to Positano. We wandered around Positano for a little over an hour and decided enough with the shops, let's find the secluded beach just outside of Amalfi in Atrani we came across the other day. We jumped on the bus and drove back through all the crazy hair -raising hair pin turns back to Amalfi. You honestly cannot describe the utter craziness of these bus rides until you experience them yourselves 😜. This beach has azure blue water right on a cliff. It's so beautiful! We swam and sat on the beach until it was time to get back to B&B Oliva to get changed for dinner and start packing. We walked back down all those steps to go back to Il Pingouin the resto we went to last night. Tonight we got the wood fired oven pizza again. Life changing!!! The family that owns and runs it is so freaking awesome. We got pics with the parents and the friend who cooks all the pizzas ! They gave us a shot of limoncello , which Amalfi is famous for. Lemons as big as your out stretched hands!! We also noticed Alfonso come into the resto , he ordered a beer and let us know that when we were finished he was there to drive us back up to our place! These hosts are so unbelievably amazing! Where else would you find such kindness. If you saw the stairs involved in getting back to our B&b you would know why Scala translates into the word steps! When we returned we settled our bill with Katia and said ciao with pictures and hugs ! She even gave us a bottle of limoncello to bring g home. She let us know Alfonso would knock on our door at 7 and drive us into Amalfi to catch our bus ! This family is so wonderful, Barry and I are overwhelmed with their kindness 💕 We agree that Amalfi was perfectly placed in our 3 week long adventure, we slowed down our pace (slightly) and saw more country with less monuments and big city. A perfect contrast to the rest of our trip so far. Tomorrow we say goodbye to this beautiful place that will always be special in our hearts and move into our second city Italy, Roma!Read more

  • Day62

    Herculaneum

    January 13 in Italy

    What an adventure to Herculaneum.

    It was an experience which was mind boggling. We saw a lot of houses and villas which were destroyed in the earthquake.

    What was interesting was the mosaics on the floors of the villas and on the walls of bedrooms and dinning areas. They get the pieces so small and the size of the pieces are the same.

    The shop fronts had different coloured scrap marble to make benches. The pots are made to fit inside the marble bench top which means are never washed.

    Those days nothing was wasted, and I mean nothing. Something I learnt was they actually collect human urine which is used to wash clothes as a detergent or to remove stains from clothes.

    There were Skeletons, that where not even moved after the eruption . It was heartbreaking to see even young children lying down and the facial expressions are in describible.

    Herculaneum was closer to Mt Versuvius when she erupted. The damage happened at 0100 the night before it struck Pompeii. Herculaneum was buried in lava, so it was not as plundered as it is much harder to dig through then in Pompeii. The paintings, wooden structure like door frames, beds, rafters and even food like bread, seeds, fruits, all turned to carbon instantly by the pyroclastic combustion. But the damage to the structural buildings was greater in Herculaneum because of the weight of the lava.

    It was very sad when we were chased out at 5pm, because there was so much more to see. We where first in at Pompeii and the last out at Herculaeum. What a heartbreaking experience.
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  • Day23

    We had spent more time than expected in Pompeii. Upon the promise of a smaller but even better preserved ancient city on the other side of Mount Vesuvius, we leave Pompeii and jumped in the car.

    Unlike Pompeii, the deep volcanic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons. Herculaneum was a rich city with a high concentration of fine houses until the Vesuvius eruption buried it under 20m of volcanic ash. Until today, 75% of it still remains buried.

    In 1981, many skeletal remains were discovered on the beach and in the first six boat chambers. It was previously thought that most, if not all, inhabitants had time to escape unlike Pompeiians. It now appears that a large number of inhabitants had perished whilst waiting to be rescued from the sea. Studies done on the skeletons indicated that the victims died during the first volcanic surge in which saw temperatures of about 500 degrees celcius.

    Photos of these skeletons are confronting. One can imagine the bodies huddling together as they tried hopelessly to escape the heat. Some can be seen to throw a protective arm around another poor soul, to no avail. It brought home the real terror they would have felt as they awaited certain death.

    As the sun started to set, we drove up Mount Vesuvius for a view of ancient and modern cities below it. We have to keep reminding ourselves that this volcano is merely asleep. Let’s pray these ancient cities will not be buried for the second time in history, taking with them the modern cities that have taken root.
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  • Day4

    We can't hang around the hotel..

    September 19, 2017 in Italy

    Fortunately by the time we had finished breakfast the scenery was slightly visible and the rain had stopped. Shuttle bus in to Sorrento to get the train Ercolano to visit the remains of Herculaneum after Mount Versuvius blew it's top taking out Pompeii as well on 24th August AD79. Very strange walking down streets from over 2000 year's ago with some buildings and decor largely intact.Read more

  • Day3

    Herculaneum

    October 4, 2016 in Italy

    Viel Pause ist aber nicht, denn wir sind ja nicht zum Vergnügen hier!
    Heute stehen noch ein paar richtig alte Steine auf dem Programm. Mitten im modernen Ercolano, nur ein paar hundert Meter von unserem Hotel entfernt, finden sich die Ausgrabungen des antiken Herculaneum.

    Auf relativ kleinem Raum liegt eine ganze Stadt. Einst am Meer gelegen, war Herculaneum längst nicht so groß und bedeutetend wie Pompeji. Die Menschen hier lebten wohl hauptsächlich vom Fischfang.Read more

  • Day6

    Miglio d'Oro

    October 7, 2016 in Italy

    Auf dem Rückweg von Neapel nach Ercolano sind wir dann doch noch so richtig ordentlich nass geworden. Das ist ziemlich blöd, weil wir heute unser hübsches Hotel in Ercolano wieder verlassen müssen, um in Richtung Sorrent zu fahren. Heißt, die feuchten Sachen einpacken...
    Mit einem letzten Blick von der Dachterrasse verabschieden wir uns von Ercolano.Read more

  • Day3

    In den Gassen von Herculaneum

    October 4, 2016 in Italy

    Der Ausbruch des Vesuv begann gegen 13 Uhr, der erste pyroklastische Strom traf Herkulaneum ca. 12 h später. Die meisten Bewohner des Ortes hatten sich in Sicherheit gebracht, die restlichen hatten sich in den Bootshäusern versteckt, wo heute noch die Skelette liegen, und keine Chance. Erst der 2. und 3. pyroklastische Strom begrub die Stadt dann vollständig.

    Man kann davon ausgehen, dass noch einiges des alten Herculaneums unausgegraben unter dem modernen Ercolano liegt. Und es fühlt sich auch ein bißchen komisch an, in so unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zu diesem immer noch aktiven Vulkan zu sein.
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  • Day21

    Herculaneum, Last Refuge from Vesuvius

    November 25, 2013 in Italy

    I awoke to a beautiful sunrise over Mt. Vesuvius. An 8 A. M. visit to Dr. Dylan Belton had him removing my IV port, and giving me two more boxes of different antibiotics. At breakfast we had a wonderful conversation with a group of women who are co-workers at the Princess Lodges in Alaska. The doctor said I could go into Herculaneum. Our guide, Giaconda, led us on a wonderful tour, during which the weather turned very cold and windy. At the end of the day quite a few of the excursion groups returned to the ship late. Many of the passengers who left the ship in the morning were unprepared for the cold. At supper I tried to make conversation with John, the horse trainer from England, about horse racing and odds making. Tomorrow, according to Glenda, we begin the “Rome Death March,” an all-day excursion to the Eternal City.Read more

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Ercolano, Геркуланум

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