There is a certain excitement when witnessing the sleeping beast that is Vesuvius; while many regard this as a dormant giant, the truth is somewhat different. What we are actually seeing is the active volcano that, in AD 79,buried Pompeii in an instant beneath plumes of burning ash.
Despite that terror that occurred that day, what is left is a marvel: immaculately-preserved baths, richly-decorated houses, villas, bakeries and mills, countless temples and several theatres. All of which only serves to enhance the illusion that you are deeply immersed in the daily life of two-thousand years ago.
Once you’ve stepped back into the modern world, seek out Sorrento. A beautiful destination that makes it the ideal lunchtime pit-stop.
Once the most famous and flourishing encampments of ancient Rome, now an ode to the power of a fallen empire, Pompeii was an immense market-town and the favoured resort for the majority of wealthy Romans. From the variety of offerings throughout the town, with many beautiful baths on display alongside any number of lavishly decorated villas and houses, it is clear the Romans lived well. Moreover, the bakeries, mills, snack outlets, laundrette, temples, theatres and the oldest amphitheatre known to man – dating back to 80 BC – suggest the population understood how to look after themselves. Expect detailed stories of those who inhabited the town as your guide whisks you on a journey through time to relive the days of two-thousand years in the past.
From a city frozen in time, step forth into Sorrento – once a Greek village, later to be taken over by the Roman empire – the beauty of the location drew in countless Romans seeking respite from the humdrum of their daily lives. Their seafront villas are now little more than ruins but offer a great insight into their opulent lifestyles, and the ongoing beauty of the town makes it the picture-perfect stop-off for lunch.
– Collection from your hotel
– Transportation by air-conditioned mini-van
– Expert professional guide in Pompeii
– Admission tickets to sites
– Return drop-off to your hotel