I also got to go to Ercolano, the ancient city buried by the eruption of Mt. Veseuvius in 79 A.D. The pictures below relate some of the story. Thanks go to Enzo Magliulo for his hospitality and willingness to show me around the ancient city of Ercolano (Herculaneum).
Here are a few pictures of Ercolano. The pic on the left shows a view of a courtyard with remnants of bright red columns that once stood. The middle picture shows a remarkably well-preserved tile floor in the women's bath house. I don't believe there was a single tile missing from the floor! The right picture shows a fresco advertising for wine at one of the local shops around the city.
Here we see, on the left, a view of some of the better preserved frescos in Ercolano. The level of detail that was preserved was astonishing! In the middle, we have a picture of the inside of a building with a very well-decorated ceiling. On the right is an overview of the Ercolano scavi (ruins). Note the modern city in the background. The level of the ancient city was well below that of the modern city!
Photography Notes: All images on this page were taken with a Hewlett-Packard Photosmart 318 digital camera at 640x480 resolution.
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