I went to Herculaneum last year with my daughter on a tour of the Bay of Naples in Italy with the Family Adventure Company. In Roman times Herculaneum was a wealthy seaside town. In AD79 it was destroyed at the same time as Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Pyroclastic flows (volcanic gas and rocks moving at speeds of to 450 mph) swept through the town killing everyone there but actually preserving many wooden items such as furniture and roof beams as well as some food. I found it a fascinating place to visit, especially as I’d been to the British Museum’s marvellous Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition juts before the trip and seen some of the wooden objects found at Herculaneum.
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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