Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum
The excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, distanced one hour from Eden Roc, are two of the most important archeological sites in the world.
The entire area that surrounds the sites is dominated by the National Park of Vesuvius. Small, but with numerous interesting places, the Park is ideal for those who love trekking and walks. Offering diverse and interesting paths, it is surrounded by lush vegetation due to the ideal environment of a mild climate and fertile soil which is also ideal for the cultivation of the flowers, one of the main resources of the area.
Thanks to the fertile soil of the lava terrain, the Vesuvian agriculture offers unique tastes and aromas. During your tour, you may taste typical products like the wine Lachryima Christi, the famous cherry tomatoes and pine nuts, easily found in the fine trees surrounding Vesuvius.
It was the eruption of Vesuvius that in 79 AD, surprised and destructed entire cities to completely submerged both Herculaneum and Pompeii.
The city of Pompeii today, sees a large part of its territory occupied by the ruins of those years. By walking around the excavations, you journey back to relive those times due to the fact that the houses, utensils and shops have remained intact, clearly illustrating the structured life of the city where the Romans once lived.
The return to life of ancient Pompeii, the fact that life stopped the instant of the eruption of Vesuvius and as result displays itself in that fashion, renders this an evocative place to visit. The inscriptions on the wall, the frescoes and the graffiti give you the impression of how the city life was lived.
Not to be missed is the oldest Roman Amphitheatre, the Small theatre and the large gym.
Herculaneum, instead, was mostly submerged by lava and mud. This has better conserved the site in a totally diverse manner. The most beautiful structure is the House of the mosaic hall with its floor of black and white, living room, garden and rooms with diverse paintings.
Thanks to improved conservation, Herculaneum presents a large number of houses and buildings that have stood against time. The House of Argo, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the House of the Skeleton are just some of the testimonies to the ancient city, in addition to the spas and the gym.
Spending a day reliving a forgotten era is an intense emotion, an experience that will enrich your cultural background as well as your memories.