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Strolling in history, from Sorrento to the most famous archaeological sites

Traveling is one of the best ways to spend your free time. A holiday on the Sorrento Peninsula offers endless opportunities to discover unknown places, travel between seaside villages and wide countryside, as well as take refuge in untouched bays.

But a journey can also involve the temporal dimension: visiting some places, you can immerse yourself in past eras or in future scenarios. A few kilometers from Sorrento and from our 4-star hotel are some of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Such a tour is an authentic journey through the pages of History.

 

Herculaneum

 

On the slopes of Vesuvius, the majestic symbol of our region, two ghost towns rest nowaday, but once they used to be prosperous and full of life. These are Pompeii and Herculaneum, asleep under a thick cover of mud during the nefarious eruption of 79 AD.

Within few moments, on August 24th of that year, an entire area of ​​Campania was buried by the fury of the volcano, which invested everything on its path. Apart from the human tragedy, this phenomenon gave to the successive generations a historical heritage of great value. The eruption of many millennia ago didn’t raze buildings and pulverize everyday objects, but it crystallized the daily life of a civilization, enclosing it under a secure bell-jar.

Herculaneum was reached by the tide of fire first, instantly paralyzed by a dense flow of mud and lava, a few meters thick. Precisely this blanket allowed the almost immaculate preservation of a routine now suspended in time: materials and food have been found in a state of unlikely actuality. The best preserved buildings certainly include the Villa dei Papiri and the Terme del Foro, the main baths of the original Roman city.

 

Pompeii and the Vesuvius

 

Pompeii was the unlucky sister of Herculaneum, paralysed by the same, furious Vesuvius eruption. But the incandescent blanket that buried it was different: instead of the mud, a wave of ash and lapilli.

The city, petrified at Roman times, is a dive into the pages of an engaging historical novel. The pots and ceramics come back to life on the wooden tables inside the stone domus, the statues of ancient protectors remain impassive custodians of the hearth. Nothing or almost seems changed, as if time didn't want to hurt again the town, leaving everything in its place.

The vivid frescoes of the Villa dei Misteri, such as the gym for the training of gladiators and the solemn Amphitheater are all pieces of an eternal mosaic.

From the ruins of Pompeii, many tours are organized to reach the source of such a destruction: the Vesuvius at 1000 meters of height, with its infernal crater. Two concentric cones form the huge mouth of the volcano, impressive at first sight.

 

Valleys and piles of debris draw a lunar landscape of sublime beauty, that we recommend you to explore with a guided tour departing from the Hotel Delfino in Sorrento.

 

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