Herculaneum | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Trail leads around rim of the volcano, providing excellent views of steam vents within the caldera

After a week spent traveling around the Bay of Naples, I was still somewhat baffled by what I had seen at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villa di Poppaea Sabina at Oplontis....

Statue of Pan copulating with a goat discovered at Herculaneum

On a fine afternoon in 1752, word reached King Charles III of Bourbon that his royal archeologist, Karl Weber, had discovered a treasure trove at Herculaneum. Sometime earlier, his excavation tunnels...

Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata. This grand estate, which was completely covered by the...

Oecus (main living room of a Roman house) at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Frescoes at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now known as Torre Annunziata, Italy. Here the Oecus (main living room...

Sliding wooden panels that separated the main salon from the interior garden in House of the Wooden Partition were instantly turned to sharcoal by the pyroclastic material and preserved in situ

In the early afternoon of August 24 in A.D. 79, more than 300 residents of Herculaneum, Rome fled to the shores of the Mediterranean. Some lingered on the beach, others huddled...

Floor mosaic of the Battle between Alexander and Darius from Pompeii

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Floor mosaic of  the Battle between Alexander and Darius from Pompeii hangs prominently in the National Museum of Archeology in Naples,...