*WYNAG = Why You Need A Guide
Dad came over for a visit so I took him to visit the ruins of Herculaneum (Ercolano), much better preserved than Pompeii and much quieter (especially if you choose to go when it is forecast rain non-stop, hail and thunderstorms). We didn't hire a guide, some of the history we knew, and the rest? We made it up as we went along, much more fun...
Herculaneum was buried under 20 metres of ash from the AD79 Vesuvius eruption. (Fact)
Incredibly well preserved wall paintings...
Well, this is obvious it's a parking bollard..to stop cars parking here, oh wait, there were no cars...maybe to stop horses and carts parking? (WYNAG 2)
There was actually an information board about this statue. It was found in many pieces scattered over the old beach area between 1942 and 1981 and eventually put back together. The experts reckon that it was hit full force by the first pyroclastic flow and blown to pieces.
Serious moment here please.. Below the statue are the old boat houses where so many people thought they would be safe but perished instantly in the intense heat of the collapsing pyroclastic flow.
So if you visit Pompeii or Herculaneum a guide is highly recommended. I know they are expensive, but try to group together with some other people at the entrance maybe and split the price.