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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. Add Ruins of Herculaneum and other attractions to your Ercolano trip itinerary using our Ercolano vacation builder.
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  • I toured here after touring Pompeii.I found it even more intense as it is so well preserved and the skeletons of those unfortunates remain in the caves that were by the sea. I could really transport m...  more »
  • Located about 20 min from Naples by train (2euros) and small enough to see in 2 or 3 hrs this makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon trip. The sight is about a 15 min walk downhill from the train s...  more »
  • Herculaneum is about 30 mins north of Pompeii, about 20% the size. You need a full day to tour Pompeii completely but can do justice to Herculaneum in 2 hours. A whole day in Pompeii might be tiring i...  more »