Pompeii
Pompeii
with Andante Travels

Pompeii, Herculaneum and Classical Campania

Nowhere in the world could give a deeper insight into Roman life than the dramatic seaside towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Before the eruption of Vesuvius these were thriving, lively seaside towns - Pompeii, a trading town equipped with many bars, shops and brothels, while Herculaneum was an affluent elegant town.

All this came to an abrupt halt, however, one Autumnal day in AD 79 - when Vesuvius - which had done little more than rumble for years - erupted with cataclysmic force. Two thousand years later, the sites of the Bay of Naples confront the modern visitor with a vivid, haunting immediacy like nothing else in the ancient world. In some cases we even know the names, professions and personal histories of the people who owned the villas and shops we visit.

Your guide lecturer will bring to life the ordinary people of Pompeii, Herculaneum and beyond. This is an exciting time for visitors to these Vesuvian towns, as new discoveries are constantly being made, and new houses constantly opened up. Lose yourself in the past, walking the ancient streets in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, senators and citizens.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Led by...

Mark Corney

Mark Corney Expert Scholar

Mark Corney is a Lecturer/Broadcaster and former Senior Landscape Investigator with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England.

Today's Price
$2,465

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $235

Tour highlights:

  • Private access to the Theater of Herculaneum, off site and haunting
  • Private access to the Cave of Sejanus/Grotta of Seiano and the adjoining villa of Pausilypon with its dramatic coastal views
  • Visit off the beaten track villas at Stabiae
  • Explore newly opened houses in Pompeii
  • Private access to the store rooms at Paestum, where we see Lucanian painted tombs normally closed to the public

Tour details

Dates November 9 2020 - November 16 2020
Duration 8 days
Cost
Today's Price
$2,465
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $235 Balance due by August 17 2020
Activity Level
Tour code APOM201109

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November 9 2020: Itinerary

Meet at our hotel, located in the beautiful bay of Naples.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

Our day begins with a visit to the fascinating site at Paestum, ancient Poseidonia. Long before the Romans came, this was a thriving Greek city that was part of greater Greece from the 6th century BC. During our time here, we wander among the mighty temples. It is interesting to note that some of them are among the most well-preserved anywhere in the Greek world. After lunch, we visit the Paestum Museum, famed for its archaic metopes and its painted tombs. Here, we will have private access to Lucanian painted tombs normally shut to the public, including an intact tomb which was fortuitously seized from smugglers. We also view the famous ‘Tomb of the Diver’, which is dated to around 480 BC.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

We devote a whole day to Pompeii. No other site can compare in revealing details of everyday life in a Roman town. We visit some of the most well-preserved buildings, including its amphitheatre, theatre, forum, bath houses, and bars. Fountains are worn from use, wheel ruts are carved into the street, and the walls are adorned with graffiti and paintings. Travelling by the best routes to avoid crowds, we also visit several houses that have only recently reopened to the public. Some of our Guide Lecturers have excavated at Pompeii and all know it exceptionally well, illuminating this extraordinary site with their expertise.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

Today, we marvel at the exceptional collections of artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Many of the best wall paintings and statues were brought here in the early years of excavations. More poignant, perhaps, are the glass beads, dice and other objects that reflect everyday life. After lunch, we move on to Pozzuoli to see one of the most impressive amphitheatres in the world. Later, we gain private access to the Cave of Sejanus, an impressive tunnel dating to the age of Augustus, which gives  access to the lovely seaside villa of Pausilypon, once owned by Publius Vedius Pollio who named it ‘respite from cares’ because of its opulence and incredible views. Here, we visit a theatre and odeon, built at a later date.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

Go off the beaten track to the villas of Stabiae, an exclusive Roman resort for the very wealthy. The vast Villa San Marco, with its swimming pool and bath complex, is one of the most opulent along this coast and it remains very impressive in its scale. The Villa Arianna, with its wonderful frescoes, is remarkably little-visited and provides wonderful views over the Bay of Naples. During our visit, we will walk through the grand rooms, chambers and gardens – all in splendid isolation. Later in the afternoon, there is some free time. Use it to return to Pompeii, do some independent exploring or just relax and soak up the charming Italian atmosphere. The culture, history and heritage in this part of the country is simply enchanting.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

Today, we ascend to the great volcanic crater of Vesuvius. The majority of our journey will be by bus, but the final part requires a short walk, which will be well worth the effort. The walk starts at Monte Somma, the crater of the AD 79 eruption, where we grasp the scale of it. After the ascent and peering into the crater being forged since the ancient eruption, you will see fumaroles and the layers of previous eruptions, while walking around the perimeter of the crater affords magnificent views over the Bay of Naples. On good days, you can even make out Pompeii. This time to reflect is sure to put everything we have seen and experienced into perspective. After lunch, we will continue on to the impressive villa at Oplontis, which boasts sumptuous frescoes, a bath complex, an enormous swimming pool, and interesting slave quarters. This villa was supposedly owned by Emperor Nero and was both destroyed and subsequently preserved by Vesuvius’ eruption. Excavations have taken place in more than 100 rooms and this particular villa is even more grand than those found at Stabiae.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

The town of Herculaneum, which perfectly complements a visit to Pompeii, is our last port of call. This seaside city was buried to a significantly greater depth than Pompeii — under 23 metres of pyroclastic to be exact — perfectly preserving every-day objects as well as houses up to their rooftops. Here, we can wander the streets with almost complete houses rising up on either side. Herculaneum is a much more compact site and has fewer visitors, but it is certainly no less fascinating than Pompeii. In addition to the site, we explore the Antiquarium, newly opened after 44 years, and which houses precious articles found along Herculaneum’s sea front, including a well-preserved boat. After lunch, we have private access to Herculaneum’s theatre, which is off - site and is still buried by the pyroclastic flow – a poignant reminder of the wealth of the city and its horrific end.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Scapolatiello

Today we transfer to the airport where we bid farewell to our group and depart on our individual flights home.

Meals include: Breakfast

November 9 2020: Additional Info

November 9 2020: Accommodation

Hotel Scapolatiello is situated in a unique location and offers its guests a chance of total relaxation. It is one of the most appreciated hotels within the city of Cava de’ Tirreni, only a short distance from Salerno.

Hotel Scapolatiello is built in a characteristic location in the centre of an ancient medieval hamlet called the “Badia” due to the presence of its thousand-year-old Benedictine Abbey which has been visited by tourists from all four corners of the World.

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