Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum (Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the comune of Ercolano Campania Italy.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is famous as one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in much of its original splendour, as well as for having been lost, along with Pompeii,Stabiae,Oplontisand Boscorealein the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 that buried it. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were discovered in recent years along the seashore. It had been thought until then that the town had been evacuated by the inhabitants.Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii, possessing an extraordinary density of fine houses with, for example, far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding.
A tour bus takes you from your hotel or designated meeting point to the ruins of Herculaneum first.
After admiring Herculaneum's unique artwork and architecture, we set out for a drive to the busy town of Sorrento.
After wandering through Herculaneum, depart for Sorrento, and arrive with time to enjoy an optional lunch.
Next, visit the city centre. Churches and ancient monasteries as well as century-old palaces and Durazzo portals, evidence of the splendour and wealth of the ancient noble families of Sorrento.
Via S. Cesareo, the lively "decumanus," is the beating heart of the town, with its many-coloured shops.
Stop off at an inlaid woodwork shop, a typical Sorrentine production. Then return to the Amalfi Coast, driving along the famous Amalfi Drive Road, through the picturesque villages of Conca dei Marini, Furore, and Praiano. Enjoy a photo stop at the famous Belvedere in Positano, then return to your hotel in the afternoon.