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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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  • It is a site less known but more surprising than that of Pompeii. Indeed, the mud gave a better conservation of the heritage. In addition, there are visitors but well less than Pompeii. Allow an hour to tour with a guide and about 2 hours quietly. Ideal with children: not too long circuit.
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  • Site very little known, because in every of Pompeii, but very interresting, visits of two hours approximately with few visitors
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  • Human scale remains very well preserved where it is easy to find. Essential site! At the entrance of the human bones just impressive set the tone... Note: free for 18 years. Remember to take the little free explanatory booklet which takes up a large part of the audio tour. On the other hand, you have to search to find because it is not accessible as easily as audio guide l 8 euros! I found it at the box office.
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