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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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  • The town of Herculaneum is well worth a visit. We started off in Naples and took the tour bus to and back from Herculaneum 10 euros. We were dropped off just five minutes walk from the entrance of the...  more »
  • Better than Pompeii because there's some mosaics, especially that of Neptune and Amphitrite, embellished with a few masks. You can just watch from the bridge. It saves time, of fatigue and the admission ticket.
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  • Visit during a cruise stopover in Naples. the place is easily accessible by train station porta Nolana. Less than an hour you are at the gates of the city. Entries can be purchased on the site which is located at 800 m from the train station and not directly at the exit of the station as some are trying to make believe. Of course, these are ruins, of course, well preserved for their age, but it's still old stones so if you don't like it, don't go. When the quality of the site, I have read it was the site of Pompeii, I can't find, Pompeii is much more extended and grandiose, but it's still a good closer alternative to Naples.
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