The road from Sorrento to Herculaneum is very scenic. For the first half hour it will bring you along the scenic Sorrento Coast with breath-taking views of the Bay of Naples. During the second half hour you will be riding on the southern slope of the Mount Vesuvius with more picture opportunities.
Once in Herculaneum you will be met by your private guide.
The kids will be provided with a special map of the area. During the visit they will have to pass different challenges. Each time they will get a sticker with a character of the ancient town for their map. They will be entertained and learn at the same time.
The tour will visit all of the Highlights of the Archaeological area to make it interesting to adults as well.
The first approach to Herculaneum Site is absolutely spectacular: beneath you the ancient town laying at the bottom of an archaeological hole about 70 feet deep, in front of you the huge skyline of Mt Vesuvius, behind you the clear light blue of the Bay of Naples and its islands. Great spot for pictures!
From the top you can see at one glance all of the excavated area, corresponding probably to one quarter of the entire ancient Herculaneum.
Also visible from the very top is the ancient marina, where a 300 human skeletons were found together with a boat and a few fishing tools.
Crossing a modern bridge, we will discover the garden of the “House of the Albergo”, where quince apple trees were replanted following the evidence of carbonized roots of these ancient fruit tree.
Our next stop is the Council Hall of the Augustales, where beautifully preserved frescoes depicting Hercules were painted.
We shall not miss the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, to admire the wonderful mosaics decorating the outdoor ‘biclinium’ (dining room); it was probably the house of a merchant: directly connected to this there is a food store with its counter, containers for food and amphorae for wine. Here the carbonised wooden shelves are still hanging on the walls!
We will discover the Bath House (an ancient Spa), still covered with mosaics. It will introduce you to the world or Roman Daily Care and social life : a gym, a changing room, a tepid room, a hot room and at last a cold tub.
Nearby Grande Palestra - large outdoor Gym - is a glorious public sporting place to see. It still lays buried for about 3 quarters, but we can move into the cross shaped pool to feel like being an ancient archaeologist moving under the volcanic couch.
According to availability we will also visit the House of the Tramezzo Carbonizzato - where an original and nearly intact door still gives access to the main living room.