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Not as well known as Pompeii but in our opinion, far more poignant, Herculaneum suffered the same fate in 79AD as its larger neighbour, Pompeii. The preserved state of many buildings is truly remarkable…carbonised wooden doors, shutters and roof joists tell something of the horror that engulfed the entire area, burying it in up to 16 meters of ash and pumice. Our visit coincided with a thunderstorm which lent the site an ominous atmosphere that, at times, gave the impression that the volcano was once again stirring. In a devastating twist of irony, what Vesuvius destroyed it also preserved.