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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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  • Much smaller than Pompeii and actually different in terms of how it has been preserved. The mural colours are a lot more vivid. Even the structure especially the charred timber beam and staircase can ...  more »
  • We walked through the original Roman streets, into houses, on mosaic floors. It is simply a must visit if you are visiting around the Naples area. Staff aren't particularly friendly, and are few and f...  more »
  • took the kids, teenages a bit bored, but my 2 under tens were fascinated by it all, you can see cliff from the modern homes and its clear how deep this place was buried.bought the multi site tickets w...  more »