Herculaneum: An Ancient City Preserved with Fiorella Squillante - Context Travel

Herculaneum: An Ancient City Preserved with Fiorella Squillante


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Join an expert on Neopolitan history on a virtual walk through the streets of Herculaneum, the ancient city buried under a pyroclastic flow in the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Smaller than Pompeii, Herculaneum was buried by slower-falling ash which resulted in almost complete preservation of buildings. We’re fortunate that entire houses and everyday items contained within them survived to tell the tragic tale of the eruption.

In this seminar, we’ll explore the unmissable places within this open-air museum through a selection of images of the town and the artifacts found there. We’ll learn about the excavations that started during the reign of Charles of Bourbon and how the town of Herculaneum has never ceased to surprise visitors for its incredible level of preservation. Participants will obtain an immediate comparison between the lives of the Vesuvian inhabitants in the first century A.D. and our lives in the modern-day world. We will see the houses, shops, thermal baths, food and restaurants, victims unearthed during the excavations, works of art that decorated the houses of the patricians, and the everyday objects and utensils.

From Herculaneum, we’ll travel to the Archaeological Museum in Naples, where most of the finds from the Vesuvian town are displayed. Here we’ll discover the wealth and opulence of Herculaneum’s villas thanks to the fantastic artifacts that have been discovered and preserved in the museum.

Led by Fiorella Squillante, a local guide and specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art, this seminar will introduce learners to the preserved ancient city of Herculaneum. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the impact of the eruption of Vesuvius, and what we can learn from it today.

Fiorella Squillante holds a degree in modern languages and art history, a post-grad course in education and didactic, and a master-course in exhibition design. She is a specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art. She works with the main museums of Naples as a member of the educational section. She also works closely with Friends of Museums from abroad. Fiorella is the president of the cultural association "Fine Arts", which organizes private viewings and themed routes in Naples and Campania, and visits to stately homes and private collections. She writes about Naples and Campania for a popular guide book and is the author of a guide to Neapolitan art and architecture called "Naples in 3 days"

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
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Definitely the next site to visit

Excellent presentation that included the history of the explorations, but more importantly focused on the intriguing finds, differences between Herculaneum and Pompeii, latest research, and how the science is continuing to enhance our understanding of Roman life. The artifacts and art presented, including comparisons to modern art and life, were informative and interesting, Fiorella Squillante was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Herculaneum--and other smaller sites like Baia--are certainly on my list of must sees.

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C.G.
Wow

This was the bast Context conversation I have seen so far. It was the right mix of overview and detail. A lot of information was packed in the time, but it never felt overwhelming. I wish I had seen it before going to Herculaneum years ago.

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A.
Excellent presentation

This is the second conversation we have done with Fiorella and will definitely be searching further Context conversation offerings for her name. She is excellent.

My husband and I have had the opportunity of going to Herculaneum and found it fascinating. Fiorella’s presentation of the site was very comprehensive and the photography was top notch. We forwarded some questions in advance regarding new technques that are being used to anayze the papyrus scrolls that were carbonized, and asked that this be addressed in the presentation, which she did. We appreciated her willingness to do this, and the infomation she provided.

That’s another great thing about this presenter. She really cares that you have a quality experience. After the Naples presentation I got an email from her addressing a question I had asked in the chat, and she also sent participants additional resources after the conversation. You get more than your money’s worth from her presentations.

Looking forward to doing a live tour with her sometime.

P
P.
Fascinating and educational virtual tour

Fiorella is so knowledgeable and engaging on this topic. She also showed a smart sense of humor that was quite funny and on point. We have visited Herculaneum, but learned a lot of new information from Fiorella's seminar. She's a great virtual tour guide when you can't be there in person.

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S.S.
Herculaneum

Excellent presentation. Very good coverage of the archaeological, historial as well as modern aspects of the city of Herculaneum.

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
76%
(22)
21%
(6)
3%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
E
E.F.D.
Definitely the next site to visit

Excellent presentation that included the history of the explorations, but more importantly focused on the intriguing finds, differences between Herculaneum and Pompeii, latest research, and how the science is continuing to enhance our understanding of Roman life. The artifacts and art presented, including comparisons to modern art and life, were informative and interesting, Fiorella Squillante was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Herculaneum--and other smaller sites like Baia--are certainly on my list of must sees.

C
C.G.
Wow

This was the bast Context conversation I have seen so far. It was the right mix of overview and detail. A lot of information was packed in the time, but it never felt overwhelming. I wish I had seen it before going to Herculaneum years ago.

A
A.
Excellent presentation

This is the second conversation we have done with Fiorella and will definitely be searching further Context conversation offerings for her name. She is excellent.

My husband and I have had the opportunity of going to Herculaneum and found it fascinating. Fiorella’s presentation of the site was very comprehensive and the photography was top notch. We forwarded some questions in advance regarding new technques that are being used to anayze the papyrus scrolls that were carbonized, and asked that this be addressed in the presentation, which she did. We appreciated her willingness to do this, and the infomation she provided.

That’s another great thing about this presenter. She really cares that you have a quality experience. After the Naples presentation I got an email from her addressing a question I had asked in the chat, and she also sent participants additional resources after the conversation. You get more than your money’s worth from her presentations.

Looking forward to doing a live tour with her sometime.

P
P.
Fascinating and educational virtual tour

Fiorella is so knowledgeable and engaging on this topic. She also showed a smart sense of humor that was quite funny and on point. We have visited Herculaneum, but learned a lot of new information from Fiorella's seminar. She's a great virtual tour guide when you can't be there in person.

S
S.S.
Herculaneum

Excellent presentation. Very good coverage of the archaeological, historial as well as modern aspects of the city of Herculaneum.