Private Pompeii – Herculaneum – Mount Vesuvius Tour By Minivan
The tour lasts 8hours if you want to visit both of the two archaeological sites (Pompeii or Herculaneum) and Mount Vesuvius. But you are free to choose a half-day tour and visit only one of these interesting archaeological sites of our cultural heritage. The driver will pick you from your villa, hotel or at the port, at the arranged time and he will be at your complete disposal. During the journey you will have air conditioning and you will be able to use recharging points for mobile phones and cameras.
The first stop could be the visit to Pompeii. Following the eruption of the Volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D, Pompei laid buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of Wonders of the World and the excavations begun in the 18th century are still being carried out today. If you want, the driver will be able to provide with you an authorized guide who will take you slowly through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see Baths, Forums and Villas built by the prosperous Roman In the year 80 B.C. Marvel at the fabulously preserved Frescos which adorned the walls and floors of the Villas. Even if your interests do not lie in history, this is an archaeological site that you will surely be impressed by.
After the visit of about 2 hours, you will meet the driver at the same place where he had previously dropped you off.Then you can decide whether to continue the day with a visit to the archaeological site of Herculaneum or with a walk on Mount Vesuvius. If you want to make a short stop for lunch, the driver will be able to recommend a cellar or a restaurant where you can taste local products and drink the famous wine produced in the Naples Gulf area.
If you continue to Herculaneum, you can decide to have an authorized guide here too. Herculaneum was destroyed along with Pompeii in 79 A.D. and rediscovered in 1709. It was a residential town without Pompeii’s commercial importance, surrounded by the villas of the wealthy Romans. When the catastrophe of 79 A.D. occurred Herculaneum was submerged under a torrent of mud and lava that hardened into a soft tuff (a kind of porous rock) that preserved many of the timber features and household objects which can be seen today. A large portion of the old Herculaneum is still buried under the modern town and even today excavations are going on to discover what treasures lie buried under the rock, to the extent that some families are being rehoused so work can continue.
You could then decide to visit Vesuvius, the last volcano still active in the whole European mainland. A steep road shows wonderful landscapes and breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples. Your driver is authorized to take you to the ticket office down the street. From there a path continues to the edge of the crater where a guide takes you around, pointing out the "fumaroles" which reveal that the volcano is still active. Usually the time you spend for the visit is about an hour and a half, obviously you can decide the times according to your driver. Vesuvius has determined the type of soil, the geographical conformation and the lifestyle. Many traditions are linked to volcanic activity and also the construction techniques adopted throughout Vesuvius are not the standard ones. This special soil condition gives us the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate particular wines produced only in this area, the same wines that have attracted Roman attention due to particular flavors and properties, the most famous of which is Lacryma Christi.
At the scheduled time, you will find the driver waiting for you for your return transfer.
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