After a long sleep, Vesuvius woke up on the 24th of August of 79 AD, taking the local population by surprise. The eruption was apocalyptic: life at the foot of the volcano was cancelled. Of the cities that were buried even the memory was lost.
After 1700 years, these lost cities of the Vesuvius started to reappear, offering to all humanity the two most important archaeological sites in the world: Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Unlike Pompeii, covered by a layer of ashes and lapillus, Herculaneum was submerged by a 25 mt thick layer of mud and lava. It was the mud that preserved it all, sealing everything: cloth and food underwent a slow transformation, remaining, however, un-altered in their wrapping, almost petrified.