The wealthy Roman seaside resort of Herculaneum was named for the mythical Greek god, Hercules, who according to legend founded the city in 1243 BC. Herculaneum was buried beneath layers of ash and mud during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This layer of debris preserved much of the architecture and decor of its buildings, including features in wood and marble, paintings, mosaics, jewelry, and even organic remains like food! All of this offers an incredible view into the daily lives of the ancient Roman population of Herculaneum.
This fresco from the Hall of Augustals is over 2,000 years old and features the town's namesake, Hercules, with the goddesses Minerva and either Juno or Hera (because, scholarly debate). Our family tour to Rome at Christmastime includes a stop at this amazing site. Kids of all ages (even the adult variety ) will love the MAV (Virtual Archaeological Museum) that features a virtual, interactive exhibition that recreates ancient Herculaneum as it was before the violent eruption destroyed the city. Come visit us today at www.curatedtouring.com! - 2 days ago