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Ruins of Herculaneum, Ercolano

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Ruin Historic Site
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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  • We had a private guide (4 hours) for the three of us which is highly recommended and we visited Herculaneum prior to a list to Pompeii. It was good to visit the sites in this order. There are less vis...  more »
  • A must visit when in the area. We have been to Pompeii on a guided tour and enjoyed this visit so much more. Smaller than Pompeii but so much more to see. We took the train from Napoli. ..only €4 for ...  more »
  • My husband and I visited after seeing Pompeii with a guide. Herculaneum was very easy to reach by train and was in better condition than Pompeii. Save money and just use the provided pamphlets instead...  more »