Below are a few photos from our trip to Herculaneum
Herculaneum was once a small fishing town but now it’s situated in Ercolano near Naples.
Descending down into the ancient town of Herculaneum with the modern suburb of Ercolano towering above you and Vesuvius in the distance it’s amazing how much Volcanic pyroplastic ash covered the whole village preserving wooden artifacts and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors and food. In recent years 300 skeletons were discovered along the seashore. It was thought that the town had been evacuated by the inhabitants until this discovery.
This small fishing town was a wealthier place than Pompeii and the amount of frescoes and mosaics discovered show the amount of wealth around for such a small place. If you are in the area, you should definitely consider going to see this unique place.
Herculaneum is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The old harbour which is now miles inland, contains arched storerooms where approximately 300 bodies were found during the excavations. Most of the bodies appeared to be in general good health though a few of them were suffering from advance stages of lead poisoning.
Places to visit
Herculaneum is not a very large place so you can easily see all of it within a day’s visit.
Highlights we experienced
Be mindful of…
Make sure you get off at the right train stop – Ercolano.
It’s not as big as Pompeii.