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Hello Everyone,

Whilst staying in Sorrento, we went on a short journey by train, to Herculaneum.

Many people have visited Pompeii but not so many have been to Herculaneum.

This is the view from above the modern Ercolano, with the ruins stretching to the modern town on the hill.

Herculaneum, was an ancient city of 4,000–5,000 inhabitants in Campania, Italy. It lay 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Naples, at the western base of Mount Vesuvius, and was destroyed—together with Pompeii, by the Vesuvius eruption of AD 79. The town of Ercolano (pop. est 59,695) now lies over part of the site.

The particular circumstances of the burial of Herculaneum, unlike those of Pompeii, led to the formation over the city of a compact mass of tufaceous material about 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 metres) deep. Although this layer made excavation very difficult, it preserved Herculaneum and prevented tampering and looting. The special conditions of ground humidity made possible the conservation of wooden frameworks of houses, wooden furniture, the hull of a sizable boat, pieces of cloth, and food (carbonized loaves of bread left within ovens). Thus, Herculaneum offers a detailed impression of private life that is only with difficulty achieved in other centres of the ancient world. -Wikipedia

This was the second time that we had visited Herculaneum and we were not disappointed! The first time we visited, in 2007, a rainstorm welcomed us; this time it was warm and sunny.
The excavations had extended and conservation work was underway.
The site is very interesting and there were far fewer visitors present than when we visited Pompeii a couple of days later!

I will add a workshop showing my husband enjoying Herculaneum.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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