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Sep 10, 2012 - Vesuvius & Herculaneum

Picking up the Circumvesuviana Train from Sorrento we head to Ercolano and Vesuvius. We take the easy option and pick up a coach, rather than the local bus purely because it is there! Vesuvius is much more touristy than when I visited only about 15 years ago but still incredibly impressive. Passing the old lava flows, most recent eruption was 1944, grey rivers coursing down the mountain reminds us that this is still a live volcano. Due to that the area around its base is incredibly fertile and vineyards, orchards, olive and lemon groves...

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Jun 10, 2008 - Herculaneum

Today we caught the train to Ercolano. This is the sight of the excavation of Herculaneum. After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the town of Herculaneum was buried under approximately 20 meters (50-60 feet) of lava, mud and ash. It lay hidden and nearly intact for more than 1600 years until it was accidentally discovered by some workers digging a well in 1709. From there, the excavation process began but is still incomplete. It was long thought that nearly all of the inhabitants managed to escape because initial excavations...

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Dec 12, 2007 - Herculeneum

Herculeneum was amazing, I'm not going to write much about it, I think the photos can do the talking, and I'm desperately trying to catch up about a weeks worth of hectic travelling. To me Herculeneum wasn't so much a ruin but parts of a preserved past so intact I could almost feel like people were living there yesterday. My main regret was visiting in winter when daylight hours are so short that I had to rush around to see everything with time to spare to see Pompeii too. I think I managed to go into every open building although many are...

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