We opted for Herculaneum over Pompeii as we heard the latter was overrun with tourists. Arriving at Herculaneum shortly before dusk, we were struck by how vacant it was. This desolation was a bit disconcerting at first, as we weren't sure the safety of the site and the parkade, but we caught the last opening hours of the site, so we assumed other tourists had naturally cleared out. The site is shockingly accessible with few guards to regulate where to go and what to touch. The result was a one of a kind experience with history. We walked down city streets, abandoned and buried in ash for centuries, in the quiet of dusk, popping our heads in one building or another to discover mosaics, wall paintings or vessels that had been long since abandoned. One tip for visitors: bring or wear bug spray! The site has a stream running through that is home to many mosquitos. We experienced the souvenir of itchy welts for a couple days following.