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Ruins of Herculaneum

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Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was frozen in time when rivers of hot mud flowed down its streets from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
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Corsa Resina, 80056 Ercolano, Italy
+39 081 857 5347
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All reviews audio guide smaller site better condition train station unlike pompeii amazing site visit pompeii ticket office well worth the visit mosaic floors roman town couple of hours free map own pace the main street down the road minute walk
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is amazing. So much history here it's untrue. We went at the beginning of Sept with no queuing required. This place is easy to get to. You get the train from pompeii to Ercolano (train time is approx 20 minutes. There are lots...More

Thank JoandMarkHoward
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Superb place to visit which is much smaller than Pompei and with shorter queues. Again you need sturdy footwear and be prepared to walk uphill to get out. Houses here are more intact than Pompei and there is still work going on to secure walls...More

Thank EMEdin
Reviewed yesterday

Whereas Pompeii was covered by ash and rocks, Herculaneum was drowned in molten mud which then hardened to rock which makes the story of discovery all the more interesting. Only a quarter is yet excavated and they are still working on the rest. Fascinating history...More

Thank Ambassador768762
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a much better experience than Pompeii. The site is much smaller but the buildings have been much better preserved/restored. There are also a lot fewer visitors which makes getting around easy. You do not need a guide, just walk around the site which...More

Thank Ilmar T
Reviewed 2 days ago

For me Herculaneum is even better than the Pompeii excavations. When you cross the bridge at the entrance and look back and up to see the depth of rock under which the town was buried, you can't help but to marvel at how much has...More

Thank beachbuddy10
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our final visit in a huge week of travel. The sheer quality of restoration and the ease of getting round the site makes this wonderful survivor from AD79 a must on everyone’s itinerary. Because the area was smothered in volcanic mud the houses,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the 1422 Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Eraclano and were in the ruins by about 1530. The site was not at all busy, there was no queuing for tickets and we were back on the return 1958 train having had a pizza at...More

Thank QualitymanYorkshire
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were amazed at this site. A snapshot of history. Easy to walk around and easy to get to by train getting off at ercolano station. Free admission for teenager. No queues. Small self service refreshment area but limited supply. We spent half a day...More

Thank BrenandC
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very different to Pompeii but interesting. A very informative tour worth doing if you been to Pompeii. It is much smaller but still has a lot to offer.

Thank Mumanddaughter08
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pompeii gets all the attention. Pompeii was covered by pumice while Herculaneum was hit by mud which allowed Herculaneum to retain buildings with wood and bars in windows. Plus this small community was quite well off and it shows. In addition there was architectural experimentation...More

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Handmaids J
19 September 2018|
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Response from Darrell X | Reviewed this property |
The train definitely and then it's just a short walk. Agree with the previous review too, avoid the restaurants nearest the station, complete rip off. Walk further down to Herculaneum itself. Enjoy!
29 July 2018|
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Response from Ian H | Reviewed this property |
You can just turn up. Either way you may have to queue in the high season.
James S
15 July 2018|
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Response from westind | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we were based in Naples and had a driver for Pompeii/Amalfi Coast one day and Vesuvius/Herculaneum another (on public transport) Sounds like others have done exactly what you want to do. Enjoy!