Sunday is the day for little Landpartien (trips out of the city) and so I spend some hours at Herculaneum – one of five cities which were buried by Vesuvius big eruption in 79AD.
Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were surprisingly discovered in recent years along the sea shore as it was thought until then that the town had been evacuated by the inhabitants. (Wikipedia)
Pompeii was a port – Heculaneum was a wealthier city with lots of fine houses and baths and I especially felt in love with all those beautiful mosaic floors!
Herculaneum is easy to reach with the Circumvesuviana line (train between Naples and Sorrento, there is even an express train in the summer month. I took the normal one, it´s an about 20min ride.) and only a short walk from the trainstation.
I chose this site because it is smaller and one doesn´t neet that much time as in Pompeii and I wanted to do a trek on Vesuvius later on, but as the weather wasn´t good enough, I went back to Naples, ate some “Caffé dell nonno” granite (so good!) and did a tour underground.