Italy is the epitome of a perfect wine country set against the backdrop of history. Like a bottle of wine waiting to be discovered, the country is too! So why not spend a day on shore immersing yourself in the impressive wines of the region?
This excursion is a beautiful way to spend time on land from your cruise ship. As you set your feet on ground, explore history and treat yourself to some of the world’s best wine.
This wonderful day will start with your English-speaking chauffeur picking you from your cruise ship terminal in Salerno. Never-ending beauty is all yours to soak into as you drive along the foot of the impressive Mount Vesuvius. Your first stop for the day is the ancient city of Herculaneum.
You would be interested in knowing more about the places you will be visiting for the day.
Here are some important facts about Herculaneum and Pompeii:
- Mount Vesuvius, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum along with nearby settlements. The eruption spewed stones, ash and volcanic gases to a height of 21 miles.
- The ancient city of Pompeii was not discovered until 1748, when workers stumbled upon it while building King Charles III’s palace.
The walled city of Pompeii is the world’s largest excavation and archaeologist site. As the city was buried so rapidly, it remained largely The archaeological finds gave a snapshot of life in a bygone Roman era.
- Herculaneum before the earthquake, was a popular Roman resort and residential town. It was believed that it was connected to the name of the Greek hero Heracles, an indication that the city was of Greek origin.
What to Expect from Your Shore Excursion of Herculaneum and Pompeii
Your chauffeur, a local of the area, will be happy to share a wealth of information about the region with you. His unique insights and experiences will have a personal touch giving you a closer feel about the fascinating places you will be exploring. He will also halt at some of the most breathtaking spots along the journey giving you some picture-perfect opportunities!
Herculaneum is as fascinating as it is intriguing. This ancient Roman city was rediscovered in 1709, by a farmer digging a well. The marble that he struck in the process turned out to be a Roman theater. Further explorations were carried out by digging vertical shafts and tunnels into the volcanic material. In 1927, archaeologist Amedeo Maiuri led a team that carried out open-air excavations, revealing most of the Roman city that can be visited today.
After this visit into ancient times, your chauffeur will continue driving on the foot of Mount Vesuvius to take you to your next exciting experience.
The vineyards that you will be visiting, bear testimony to centuries of history and mystery. They lie on Boscotrecase soil, the ancient “Bosco delle Tre Case Religiose” (The Wood of the Three Religious Houses), on the foot of the indomitable mountain.
See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor like a pro! You can taste a variety of fine wines. Take some back with you to enjoy on the cruise as you tell the other members on the ship about your day. Clink your glasses as you take some pictures to show your friends back home! The light lunch here will give you a taste of some authentic regional Italian cuisine. After this delightful time, your chauffeur will continue the drive along the foot of the Vesuvius, heading south to Pompeii. This fascinating city at one time had elegant houses and villas along paved streets. It was a resort for the elite where people gathered in popular spots like a 20,000-seat arena, open-air squares and marketplaces.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site will leave you speechless. It is spread over 108 acres and knowing you want to get the best out of your visit, we suggest you use an English-speaking licensed guide. We would be happy to arrange one for you at an additional cost, with advance notice.
Your chauffeur will be waiting for you outside the ruins. As you wrap up this mesmerizing day filled with history, flavor and memories, he will begin his drive back to the Salerno port from where you will continue your cruise enriched with experiences and learning that only travel can provide. Contact us today to book your Herculaneum and Pompeii winery shore excursion from Salerno or request a quote online.