Ruins of Herculaneum, Ercolano

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Just a 30-minute train ride from Naples, Ruins of Herculaneum 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 Ruins of Herculaneum 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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  • The ruins of Herculaneum leave open-mouthed. A unique archaeological site in the world where you go back to 2000 years walking through streets that seem to still live the activities back then. Is an exciting dive into the life of a time that no longer exists. Unfortunately the site is not valued enough, does not do anything to assist the visitor in an extraordinary experience. Too many parts inaccessible even though they might be open to visit: inconceivable as people who have done thousands of kilometers to visit Herculaneum are so many areas temporarily uninhabitable. A site like this deserves the relentless work of restoration and extension, active and enthusiastic participation of all the inhabitants of the city to its enhancement and facilitation in fruition, resulting in economic benefit for the entire city, a section dedicated to furniture unearthed, to studies carried out on the power of citizens, their habits, some restored and even rebuilt up to the roof to give the true picture of a typical building then , complete with costumed participants! The impression is of a diamond peeping from a rock: there is so much still to be done not only to expand the excavations but just to emphasize those facts are to date and we should do it right away with no wait another 90 years.
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  • The site is a lot more compact than Pompeii but much better preserved. We started down at the dock/warehouse area where there are a number of warehouses with the remains of around 300 inhabitants desp...  more »
  • This incredible site is significantly smaller than Pompeii, however far better preserved. Skeletons found on the site have been replaced with resin duplicates in the original positions, making for a s...  more »

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