Recommendation by Lemi
Just a few hours away, Herculaneum suffered the same fate as Pompeii. Much less was excavated, but the baths, taverns, temples, and villas were even better preserved since the layer of ash here was deeper. In the early days, archaeologists even found organic matter (like wood) intact. Herculaneum is a bit often overlooked, drawing a much smaller crowd than Pompeii (of, course weekday mornings are even quieter). Remember to wear comfortable clothes and stay hydrated since you’ll be walking a lot. Gain an intimate look at elaborate frescoes, mosaics, and marble works that adorn the aging walls. These give us a peek at just how wealthy the residents were. Some mansions like the Villa dei Papiri even overlook the sea, inviting people of power (such as Julius Caesar’s father-in-law) to vacation here.