Ercolano, Italia

Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows (preserving carbon-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons, killed by the 500 deg C heat) from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and named after the Greek hero Herakles. It was buried under 20 m. of ash, and most of the site have still not been excavated (including a number of papyrus scrolls yet to be fully studied). A warning of light ash allowed most inhabitants to flee, before the town was buried by lava the next night. (Wikipedia)

The most beautiful sight of all for me was the numerous wall mosaics. So many animal ones, and such brilliant colors.

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And finally, some panoramas, with great Mt. Vesuvius looming in the background of some.

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~Jessica & Kai-ling

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