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Help with choosing a shore excursion

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In October my DH and I are taking a cruise along the southern coast of Italy. One day we have the choice of taking a shore excursion to either Pompeii or Herculaneum. While both are UNESO World Heritage Sites they appear to be somewhat different. From the little I have read I have gathered that while Pompeii is more well known, Herculaneum is better preserved due to it being covered in hot mud rather than hot ashes that burned everything during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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