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Ruins of Herculaneum, Ercolano

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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. Add Ruins of Herculaneum and other attractions to your Ercolano trip itinerary using our Ercolano vacation builder.
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  • Access to the ruins is easy, although you will be walking on uneven surfaces once in. It is hard to believe the development of the plumbing, sewers, water considering the time. The Romans were very in...  read more »
  • Far superior to the more famous Pompeii . The site, as so far unearthed, is relatively small and is thus much easier both to comprehend and explore. Whatever else you miss in this part of Italy, visit...  read more »
  • Dont get me wrong, this is good, and different in some ways to pompeii, as to how it was discovered for example, so is a contrast. There is restaurant near the car park, doesn't look much but did a de...  read more »
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