Herculaneum was the seaside resort that the wealthy families retired to in the hot Italian summers.
In 79 AD. the pyroclastic cloud from the eruption of Vesuvius engulfed the city. Everything was frozen in time. Digging it out of the solidified ashes reveals a Roman city in all its glory.
As the eruption took place people sheltered in the arched warehouses on the shore. Unfortunately it did not save them from the superheated cloud of ash.
Those arches were on the seashore.
Houses and mosaics.
Shops with counters and pot containers for hot foods – the Roman equivalent of McDonalds.