Italy is renowned for their cultural palate. The essence of Italy brings millions of visitors to the country each and every year. There are hundreds of Ancient attractions that hold a sense of reverie within their remains. Dating back to the early BC eras, Italy is a region of historical regard. Two of the most visited cities in Italy are no longer deemed as a modern part of the world. In fact, they have stayed preserved in its original state since the year 79 AD. The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were once forgotten and left hidden underneath its demise. It was not until the 1700’s that excavation of their remains actually began.
Peering Pompeii and Herculaneum
For hundreds of years, the memory of Pompeii and Herculaneum faded from time. During the first century AD, both were bustling cities. They hosted a variety of circles leaning towards the middle and upper classes of the time. Thriving businesses and social stances were prominent along the streets. These cities were located near the infamous twin peaks of Mt. Vesuvius which is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes of the world. Decades of earthquakes were an indication of shifting and movement underneath the surface. There is no way to determine the exact cause of this fateful day, however it is presumed to have been from an imbalance of elemental qualities. The lives of Pompeii and Herculaneum changed forever when Mt. Vesuvius erupted fiercely and unexpectedly.
Without looking back, residents fled their homes or hid in buildings with only seconds to spare. It is not known how many lives were lost that day. The sheer force of hot and toxic air was enough to destroy several cities nearby. Hot molten rock rushed down with a swift motion that layered the city within minutes. The eruption lasted almost 24 hours with a trail of destruction following closely behind. Pompeii and Herculaneum were completely buried in ash and debris. The casket of the cities managed to expertly preserve the sites of life and loss.
Visiting the Ancient Sites
Visitors can travel to either city to peer upon a page in history. Pompeii has structured tours and is larger by scale. The museum displays several artifacts and bodies that have been recovered. If you opt to see Herculaneum, you will find an open air museum style that is a shorter journey as they are still in process of excavating the city. You can expect to sense the eerie silence that hangs in the air. Experiencing the haunting last moments of a tragic day is a time of reflection and respect.
It is advised when you arrive to be prepared for the day. Dressing for the weather and coming equipped with food and a water bottle is strongly suggested. If you do not schedule a guide, you can pick up a map and book that will assist you. You will see the valance of architecture and lavish details that have made their way into our century. There is a range of emotions and thoughtful gestures woven into the sites. This exploration of the past will become a permanent memory of your future.