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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  • Take water and food, little if anything inside the 170 acre site. Allow at least 2 hours but I think you need more than 4 to do it justice  more »
  • This site is amazing. We didn't have anything but the book guide, but it was enough to get to know the site, and if you get fascinated (which for sure you will), you can read much more in the internet...  more »
  • we had a nice time here but we'd been to Pompeii two years ago and enjoyed that much more. The site here is much smaller, but has as much history and interest. It is easy to get around for able bodied...  more »
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