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Herculaneum

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  • Day11

    Herculaneum

    May 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The train trip to Herculaneum was uneventful, and we found there were far less tourists who made the trip after Pompeii. We decided against going up Vesuvius, as it was completely cloud bound.

    We found Herculaneum more compact, but more complete than Pompeii. It too was covered in the fallout of the eruption of 79AD, up to 20 metres. It is evident how far, when you see the buildings which now surround the site are so much higher than what was excavated.

    It is quite different to Pompeii, and we both preferred it. The mosaics were still vibrant, and the evidence that it was a richly decorated city abound. The frescoes while somewhat faded show how brilliant they must have been. There was evidence still of the effect the earthquake of 65AD had, with one mosaiced floor completely misaligned and almost a crater inside.

    It was only in 1980 that several boat store rooms were discovered, full of almost-fossilised skeletons, which remain intact.

    I particularly liked the cheeky statue of Bacchus!

    We meet some young Aussie girls, and we each savoured the opportunity to chat to friendly accents! They’d just been to a family reunion in Ireland, and were finishing off with a European tour, heading to Barcelona next. They hadn’t heard of the Sagrada Familia, so we were able to impart “must see” to them!!! They told us the election result, and then we parted ways!

    We left the site at 6 pm, and headed back to Napoli. Showered, changed and a quick bit of laundry done, we ventured out for dinner. Paul chose a scalloping, and I had spaghetti with fruit mare. Amazing clams, mussels, tiny pippis prawns and shellfish I know not the name. All very fresh and tasty!

    Another big walking day, we headed back to our hotel to rest up for the journey to Sorrento tomorrow. Only an hours trip!
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  • Day91

    Herculaneum: In the Shadow of Pompeii

    October 28, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    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
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  • Day3

    Herculaneum

    October 4, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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.
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  • Day3

    Und wieder am Ausgang

    October 4, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    3 Stunden später stehen wir wieder am Ausgang und werfen noch einen letzten Blick auf Herculaneum im Abendlicht.
    Im Golf von Neapel heben sich scherenschnittartig die Inseln Ischia und Capri am Horizont ab. Was für ein schöner Tag...Read more

  • Day3

    In den Gassen von Herculaneum

    October 4, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Herculaneum, هركولانيوم, Геркуланум, Херкулан, হেরকুলেনিয়াম, Herculà, Ercolano, Herculano, Herkulano, هرکولانیوم, Herculanum, Herkulaneum, הרקולנאום, Herkulanej, Հերկուլանում, ヘルクラネウム, ჰერკულანუმი, 헤르쿨라네움, Herkulaniumas, Herkulāna, हर्क्युलेनियम, Herkulanum, Херкуланеум, ஹெர்குலியம், เฮอร์คิวเลเนียม, 赫库兰尼姆古城

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