'It is also famous as one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in almost its original splendour, because unlike Pompeii, its burial was deep enough to ensure the upper storeys of buildings remained intact, and the hotter ash preserved wooden household objects such as beds and doors and even food.
Moreover Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii with an extraordinary density of fine houses, and far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding. The discovery in recent years of some 300 skeletons along the sea shore came as a surprise since it was known that the town itself had been largely evacuated.
I found myself fascinated by the ruins of Herculaneum. Destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 A.D, there is still so much that is as it was then. I was only there for a few hours but it remains as a memory of immensity ... both in time and space.