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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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  • Interesting ruins that you must view them before you go to Pompeii, because it shows that it was one smaller city. The ruins seem in better condition that in Pompeii, with many homes that preserved ceilings, even looks great wooden yet. On the other hand, you can see the original floors (some can step) in Pompeii does not. I loved being in a Roman Street somo should feel then.
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  • Very beautiful to see, with all these buildings still standing and well preserved, we understand how people lived. and all the history of this city. Feel free to visit
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  • its unbelievable that this place is right in the center of a town . much more little than pompeii but more well preserved. it terrifies you when you see until our days the whole skeletons of people th...  more »