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Ruins of Herculaneum

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Address: Ercolano, Italy
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+39 081 857 5347
08:30 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was...

Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was frozen in time when rivers of hot mud flowed down its streets from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

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Amazing visit. Really nice discovering the old city of Ecolanum Well conserved and above expectations

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing visit. Really nice discovering the old city of Ecolanum Well conserved and above expectations

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This ancient roman city has gone through a similar fate as the more known Pompeii. Due to closer proximity to the volcano it was fully burried under pumice stone and has therefore been conserved well. Smaller than Pompeii but less overcrowded. Just might go here after visitin Pompeii to evade the invasion of cruise line tourists.

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a smaller more compact site to see than Pompeii but is just as impressive in its own way. You can buy a multi ticket which covers 5 sites for 20 euro and must be used within 3 days of purchase which seems very reasonable.It covers Herculaneum..Pompeii..Boscoreale..Oplontis and Stabia. The boat sheds with the human remains are very moving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I toured here after touring Pompeii.I found it even more intense as it is so well preserved and the skeletons of those unfortunates remain in the caves that were by the sea. I could really transport myself back to the terror of that day, but also see the daily lives through the amazing buildings still in tact.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located about 20 min from Naples by train (2euros) and small enough to see in 2 or 3 hrs this makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon trip. The sight is about a 15 min walk downhill from the train station and a 20 uphill walk back. Very well preserved and a remarkable slice of ancient life...it is a must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Herculaneum is about 30 mins north of Pompeii, about 20% the size. You need a full day to tour Pompeii completely but can do justice to Herculaneum in 2 hours. A whole day in Pompeii might be tiring if you are older or have children so I recommend doing Pompeii highlights in half a day and also Herculaneum. It has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Herculaneum is closer to Naples than Pompeii and is a smaller site so that it can be visited more conveniently and is especially suitable for visitors who may have difficulty walking long distances. The features of the site enable you to get a very good idea about how the local people lived and the guide we employed brought the whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm afraid I was so taken aback by the experience of visiting this site I can't describe it. I think I can only say you have to see it to understand the impact.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit Pompeii you must also see Herculaneum. A smaller site, yet far better preserved with more of the structures intact including fabulous mosaics and frescos. Rather than drive, it is very easy to visit by rail. The site is only a short downhill walk from Ercolano Scavi railway station. We arrived in the morning and wandered around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Herculaneum is adorable and great to see for most people especially, if you are familiar or have studied the history behind it. Just some notes I'd say, if you are travelling from the city/town of Pompei to Ercolano I reccommend the train station which takes the Circumvesuviana train. I took the Trenitalia train takes 20mins but, arrives at the Portici... More 

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