Naples Journals

Herculaneum's Ruins

An October 2006 trip to Naples by hellbunnie

Quote: With just one day in Naples I took a trip to Herculaneum to see the ruins captured in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Herculaneum's Ruins

Overview

Quote:
The terme or baths are amazingly well preserved, you can actually see the hypocaust under the mosaic floors where sections have fallen through.

Some of the most extensive and well-preserved frescos are in the Sede degli Augustali and the beautiful Casa dei Cervi. You can see stunning mosaic floors in several buildings (most notably the women's baths) and the wall mosaic in the Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite is particularly impressive.

Quick Tips:

I went in October and it wasn't too crowded, though even then there were a few large tour groups going around which were best avoided if you actually wanted to get a good look at things.

Best Way To Get Around:

Ercolano/Herculaneum Ruins

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Herculaneum"

Quote:
If only all 2000-year-old ruins could be so well preserved! The eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD may have destroyed the lives of the people living in Herculaneum, but, by carbonising organic materials and then burying the entire town in lava and ash it has preserved it for us in almost perfect condition. A short ride (about 20 minutes) on the circumvesuviano train line will take you from the central station in Naples to Ercolano Scavi station. From there it's a short walk down the hill towards the sea to the ruins. Plan on spending several hours here and taking lots of photos. I'd filled the 512 meg card in my digital camera before I was half way around! The buildings are so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2006

Ercolano/Herculaneum Ruins
Western Foot of Mount Vesuvius
Bay of Naples, Italy
39 081 7324311

Terme di Agnano

Attraction | "Terme Baths"

Quote:
The baths at Herculaneum have two entrances, one from the Cardo III Superiore to the men's section and another from the Cardo IV Superiore to the women's. The women's baths have well preserved mosaic floors which are still intact and haven't collapsed into the hypocaust below. The men's baths are larger with a wonderful circular frigidarium or cold pool complete with colourful though now badly faded marine frescos. The floors here are damaged, but this does give one an opportunity to see the structure of the hypocaust which allowed heat to circulate around the building. The changing rooms are wonderful with their little shelves for the bather's clothes. Outside the baths is an exercise area, the Palae...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2006

Terme di Agnano
Terme di Agnano
Naples, Italy