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Herculaneum Ercolano

Corso Resina 6, Naples, Italy
+39 081/8575347
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Ranked #6 of 200 attractions in Naples
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As other visitors have already noticed, it is far better than Pompei. Choose an early morning hour, in order to avoid the heat of midday or go in autumn. It.s wonderful.

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having been to Pompeii 3 times (and still have a lot more to see), this was my first trip to Ercolano and I was most impressed. Although a deal smaller than Pompeii the state of preservation is much better, due to the difference in the material which swallowed up the two centres.and the fact that it has been dug out... More

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing..gave us such insight into the daily life of a roman community...as wonderful as Pompeii ... Maybe better!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

After visiting both Pompeii and Herculaneum it was easy to conclude that Herculaneum was the better of the two. The site is very well organised, well preserved and easy to get around. Maps are available and a booklet with details on each area is included with entry. The site is easy access from the Ercolano station and the town (which... More

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Munich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The ruins here are much- better preserved than Pompeii (whose treasures are mostly in the museum and not at the ruins). It is far more interesting and far less crowded than Pompeii.

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Bracknell UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Having visited both Pompeii and Herculaneum I must say that I prefer the latter.It is a smaller more compact site and most of the buildings are better preserved than Pompeii. No refreshments available on site but their are plenty of bars and cafes close buy in the town of Ercolano.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Less well known than Pompeii, and often missed, but more manageable and better preserved. A simple walk down the hill from the rail station, to a site where the private houses, shops and baths are wonderfully accessible, but where the public buildings are still covered by lava. The murals and frescos are very fine, both in original quality and in... More

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

After a hectic trip round a third of Pompeii, this was much smaller and more relaxed. I liked the surprising little corners of mosaic floors and frescoes . It's amazing that so much was preserved after the tragic eruption of Vesuvius.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Only downside is the fact that in these financial times there isn't the money for proper conservation and the site is not looked after as you would like.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

If you only have time to visit one site then Herculaneum is the easier visit. It is small and the houses are more complete so it requires less stamina - both mental and physical. When I visited in April there was no cafe on site so take your own refreshments. I would suggest visiting Pompeii first to get the feel... More

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