Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Ercolano

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Just a 30-minute train ride from Naples, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano is the site of an ancient settlement frozen in time when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79, also destroying nearby Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis, and part of Boscoreale. Allegedly founded by Hercules, this city was once a renowned seaside resort where some of the richest Romans spent their summer vacations. The wealthy city's streets were lined with elegant private houses and public buildings, many covered in marble. This ancient site is one of the few places in the world that can be seen in almost its original condition, because a deep layer of hot mud buried it deeply enough to preserve even the upper stories of buildings. The hot ash conserved thousands of everyday household objects, including beds, doors, and even food. Today, this World Heritage site offers modern visitors a chance to see how ordinary people lived nearly 2 millennia ago. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone or online. With our custom trip planner, Ercolano attractions like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a smaller site, reason why this time we decided to hire a guide (or audioguide if wanna save some euros!) It was not completely empty but reasonable and easy to walk because no large crowds... 
    This is a smaller site, reason why this time we decided to hire a guide (or audioguide if wanna save some euros!) It was not completely empty but reasonable and easy to walk because no large crowds...  more »
  • 10/10 I would recommend you see Herculaneum! I can’t explain it, but it’s just better than Pompeii in my opinion. Granted it’s a lot smaller but you can have time to see it all, the crowds are... 
    10/10 I would recommend you see Herculaneum! I can’t explain it, but it’s just better than Pompeii in my opinion. Granted it’s a lot smaller but you can have time to see it all, the crowds are...  more »
  • The place itself was quite nice but to get there was terrible. It was not very busy but it took about 45 minutes to get to the ticket office. There was just one (!) person to sell tickets; inbetween.....  more
    The place itself was quite nice but to get there was terrible. It was not very busy but it took about 45 minutes to get to the ticket office. There was just one (!) person to sell tickets; inbetween.....  more »
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  • Lovely site! In my opinion much better that Pompeii. It is smaller, but also better preserved. Very beautiful fresco’s and buildings. The places where they removed items (i.e. bronze statues) they put a replica instead of leaving it empty like in Pompeii. The info guide (free) is detailed and really useful! Can be combined with a visit to the Vesuvius. Recommend!
  • Loved this place. It was worth seeing. We spent two hours here and i could have didn't at least one more. We rented the little audio tour MP3 players from the front desk. We did the tour at our own place. It was worth every minute spent here. I recommend that if you're are visiting it during spring, summer, or fall, that your arrive early. This place gets hot! We started walking around at 10:30 and i wish to heck that we'd have skipped breakfast and gotten there early.
  • Interesting and amazing but so hot when we were visiting that it was better to walk perimeter bridge/catwalk than pay entry fee and bake IN The low lying hot as hades ruins. One of our party did the full experience and raved about how accessible all of this ancient history is. Better than Pompeii for access and fewer tourists.
  • Ignore Pompeii. This spot is far better! Better looked after, closer together and the finds are incredible! If I hadn't had heatstroke and grumpy hot kids we would have stayed longer. Awesome spot. The tunnel up.from the base was a godsend. Lovely and cool. We will be back!
  • Phenomenal place, so beautiful and interesting. The guide book and map are really informative to make your trip worthwhile. Not as big as Pompeii which is a good as you can spend more time exploring all parts. Baths were closed when we went which was a shame as they looked brilliant, as was a section outside of the main area. Didn't take away from the trip but check beforehand to know what is open to visitors.

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