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Duration: 8-9 hours

From Eur 380,00 plus VAT 10% and depends by the type vehicle and location

Included: English speaking driver, fuel, tolls parking fees and taxes
Not included: entrance fees, private guides and lunch.

Entrance fees in Pompei           Eur 15 per person
Entrance fees in Herculaneum  Eur 11 per person
Entrance tickets to the crater    Eur  10 per person

Privade guide in Pompei            Eur 120  (if requested)
Private guide in Herculaneum    Eur 120  (if requested)

In 1997 the archaeological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum were inscribed in the world heritage list of UNESCO.

Pompei was founded by Greek colonist called OSCANS, in around the 6th centuries BC. In the 5th century it went under the Samnite control and is during this time that it got a remarkable growth, forming the historical centre whose remains are still visible. A few centuries later, Rome had begun its gradual advance towards south Italy, and in the 80 BC, the city became a Roman Colony, with name CORNELIA VENERIA POMPEII. Under the Romans, the city continued to expand and develop in every sector. All the activities linked to trade and maritime traffic, that increased the prestige and the prosperity of the city. On august 24thof the year 79 AD, the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the city under 6 meters of ash and lapilli (24 feet). The inhabitants, who for the most part went in the direction of the coast, were suffocated by the fumes and gases, others met death in their own homes.After the ash covered the city, it was abandoned and even the name and locations were forgotten. Only in early 1600 accidently they finded the ruins of this city, the excavations started in 1748 and up today, the 2/3 of the city is been excavated. Today, Pompei is considered the most important archaeological site in Europe, with approximately 3 milion visitors a year.

The visit to this site takes two hrs, an official guide is suggested and available on request.

The origin of Herculaneum are dated in the 6th century BC. by the Greeks, an ancient tradition connected the name to the Greek hero Hercules. In the year 89 B.C. the town became a Roman municipium and thank's the location became a very important resort town for wealthy Roman families.
On august 24th of the 79AD, the catastophic eruption of mount Vesuvius, buried the town under 20 meters of vulcanic mud. The digs began in Herculaneum in 1738, using the technique of underground tunnels until 1828 when open-air digs were authorized. By 1958, all the area constituting the current archaeological park, was brought to light and contemporary restored.
It was long thought that nearly all of the inhabitants managed to escape because initial excavations revealed only a few skeletons. Only in 1982, when the excavations reached the beach area, this view changed. In a few boats archaeologists discovered 250 skeletons.

Mount Vesuvius is located near the sea shore, 6 km south east of Naples, it is considered the most dangerous volcano in Europa because of its tendency towards explosive eruptions. The crater is at 1280 meters above sea (about 4000 ft.). there is a panoramic road to drive up to 1000 meters ASL, then is 30 minutes walk to the crater. The mounten has erupted many times during the history, the most catastrophic was dated august 24/25 of the 79 AC that led to the distruction of the roman cities of POMPEI and HERCULANEUM. All the details for this eruption are been recorded and reported to us by the roman writer Pliny the yonger who observed the disaster from the town of Miseno, 35 km away. Last eruption was dated in march 1944. Today, the volcano is closely monitored by the Osservatorio Vesuviano in Naples and there is no sign for a new eruption in the next future.



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