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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
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All reviews audio guide smaller site visit pompeii couple of hours unlike pompeii roman town wall paintings amazing site better condition circumvesuviana train own pace well worth the visit ticket office archaeological site down the road minute walk the main street
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the beautiful archeology site of Herculaneum, also called paErco in the village of Ercolano close to Napoli. Most people visit Pompei, but don't forget this beautiful ancient site. It is a closed area with a nice infrastructure and around 2-3.000 romains lived there...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Leo v
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must see place... stunning history. Well worth the trip. Forget the surrounding area (which is dire).

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 215malcolmb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Easy to reach from Naples. If you expect some shocking ruins with human bodies, burried under lava layer - go to Pompea, in Herculaneum you will find clear lefties of the city, not so impressive as you may expect. As an advangate - not a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Footprints528262
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Smaller than Pompeii (significantly smaller, it’s tiny really) but in many ways it is actually better. I visited Ercolano the day after visiting Pompeii. I spent 4 hours at Pompeii. I ended up spending 2 hours at Ercolano and it is much less that half...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank markfromessex
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pompeii is certainly much bigger, has more diversity of ruins and artefacts but....for me, Herculaneum is the better of the two. Herc. is much more compact but, because it was hit by the pyroclactic blast of gas rather than molten lava, the village is very...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank PARIS522
Reviewed 1 week ago

I's sure you will be reading up on the history of this city as I still do! While Pompeii was covered with ash from Vesuvius Herculaneum was covered in LAVA! It was frozen in time and just wonderful to walk through. I understand that at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly more tricky to find, but a really well sorted venue. Amazing and different ruins with great descriptions of life pre-eruption. Hiding in caves by the sea did not save these families.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins are more compact than Pompeii and it takes a lot less time, and much less walking, to cover them all. Of course it is a tourist attraction, and it is of historical interest, but I found an added dimension to these ruins. They...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tim G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is amazing & chilling to walk through the ruins and imagine the devastating events almost 2,000 years ago. The ruins are well preserved and it is humbling to see the skeletons in the boat sheds where people crowded together to try to avoid the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ScottishTemplar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic day at the ruins. Good value for money,however website says free entry for senior citizens this is not true. My husband had to pay full price. Having said that it was a really good day. You can imagine how people lived in these times...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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17 February 2019|
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Response from ScottishTemplar | Reviewed this property |
We didn't use a tour guide and walked around ourselves. It's pretty easy to find the boat sheds. Also if you leave it last you can use the bridge then walk up to the exit through the tunnel
19 September 2018|
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Response from 199lindys | Reviewed this property |
We got the train at 8.26, it was really easy. Five minutes walk downhill from the station to the site. No queue for tickets. You can pick up a guide there or do the audio guide - make sure they give you a map.
29 July 2018|
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Response from V92FTianh | Reviewed this property |
You can just turn up. Either way you may have to queue in the high season.