Pompeii & Herculaneum: The Lives of the Romans | Oxford Alumni

  • Haunting vision of everyday life 2000 years ago, and a wonderful introduction to the Roman world.
  • Led by Dr Damian Robinson, lecturer at Oxford and specialist in Roman Archaeology, who will tell the whole story of these ancient sites.
  • Visit not only Pompeii and Herculaneum, but also some of the lesser-known villas and farmsteads preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius.

The eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 devastated lives and livelihoods throughout the Bay of Naples. It also preserved for posterity the evidence of those lives - ordinary people, caught in an extraordinary disaster.

The sites and cities in this area provide a unique opportunity to understand how people lived 2000 years ago. We know the names, houses, occupations and, from other personal details, we can even get a feel for the personalities of individuals who once walked these streets.

Nowhere in the world could give a deeper insight into Roman life than the seaside towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the villas and farms on which life came to an abrupt halt with the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79.


  • Romans
  • Ancient Greek

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager - works unobtrusively to ensure all practical aspects of the tour run smoothly.
  3. Meals - All meals included (dinners with wine & water) except lunch on Day 4. Other lunches in local trattorie or pizzerie - a taste of real Italy.
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Hotel - 4 nights in a grand 4* hotel converted from a palazzo on the Miglio d’Oro (Golden Mile of once wealthy houses) in Herculaneum, close to the excavations.

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