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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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  • Had we had more time, I would also have enjoyed a visit to Pompeii, but, due to time limitations, we decided to visit Herculaneum instead of Pompeii. So, without having visited Pompeii, I cannot reall...  more »
  • Herculaneum and Pompeii are not to be missed bucket list destinations. This little site demonstrated a compact experience with very detailed imagery and overall experience. Unlike Pompeii, the whole s...  more »
  • You have to visit this place - its about a 10min walk from the Ercolano stop on the Circumvesuviana Train line - don't both paying for a bus from the train station unless you have mobility issue, just...  more »

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