Visiting the Ruins of Herculaneum

Six months ago I had never heard of Herculaneum. Everyone knows the story of Pompeii and it’s destruction during Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. Herculaneum suffered the same fate but was not discovered until more recent times. When you first arrive at the site of the ruins you are at what is now “ground level”. You walk thru the large gates and across a bridge the crosses over the far edge of the city that remains. You are able to look out over what remains of the city, with Mount Vesuvius looming ominously behind you and the ocean straight ahead of you. From this vantage point, it is difficult to make out what you are actually seeing. Most of the rooftops are gone and all of the walls are a very similar color.

Cruising Italy: A Shore Excursion to Rome

A shore excursion to Rome…it just sounds strange. Normally we do not book excursions thru the cruise lines. Most of the time you end up with a lot of people in your group, you pay way too much mon…