Monday, April 29, 2013
Second stop, Herculaneum. Much like the more popular Pompeii, the town was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Unlike Pompeii that was covered with the ash, Herculaneum was buried under volcanic lava which solidified within a short space of time. Discovered by chance in the 18th century since the solidification of the lava tuned everything into hard, rock like strata. Herculaneum shows the intimate appearance of the buildings, how everyday life was preserved because of the closeness. Within this small area you will find a full variety of places: villas, baths, shops, streets-very thing you would see in an ancient town. Herculaneum, according to myth, was founded by Hercules. The town does have Greek origins, coming into existence sometime in 6th century BC. The Romans conquered the city by 89BC and soon became a high-class resort with many wealthy Roman residences.
Such different sites here in Southern Italy from the lavish to the buried. Amazing that between these two places is where we get to live for the next few years. Can't wait to discover more of the places that are only a few kilometers away, the food is amazing by the way. Next stop... PIZZA!!!