The Roman town of Herculaneum, along with its more well-known neighbour, Pompeii, was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The ruins are situated in the modern town of Ercolano which is not far from Naples.
Herculanum was smaller than Pompeii but its inhabitants tended to be wealthier and its houses and villas more imposing. The town was also much less damaged by the eruption.
We - Thomas and Birgitta Wiklund and Neville and May Chipulina - visited the site in October 2008. We were suitably impressed!