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Salerno, Italy



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See the remarkable ruins in Herculaneum, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, much like its famous neighbor Pompeii. Fortunately for archaeologists, Herculaneum was buried under a huge volume of volcanic ash and mud, which preserved it. After pausing to watch artisans hand-carve classic cameos, your immersion into the ancient world will begin. Herculaneum was rediscovered by accident in the early 1700s when a well was dug there. Over the centuries, excavations have unearthed countless treasures that reflect the wealth of the residents. You can expect to view elaborate bath houses decorated with mosaics and frescoes, luxurious residences such as the House of the Black Salon and a food distribution center for the poor. In the somber House of Skeletons near the marina, volcanic gases and ash trapped more than 125 people. Scientists and anthropologists have learned much about the past residents’ lives, diet and health by studying their bones.

• Walk through the ruins of Herculaneum, which a 1st-century volcanic eruption destroyed. • Realize the affluence of the ancient residents as you browse their luxurious homes. • Discover what scientists have learned by studying the site and bones of the past residents. • Watch artisans hand-carve cameos that reflect scenes of the ancient world.

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Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

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Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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