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Herculaneum Ercolano

Corso Resina 6, Ercolano, Italy
+39 081/8575347
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Ercolano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Newcastle, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited both Pompeii and Herculaneum in June 2014. Pompeii was great but Herculaneum was amazing! The colour in the frescoes, the buildings left standing, even the petrified wood and sculptures that could have been carved yesterday were amazing. Herculaneum is easily missed because it is a much smaller site and still being uncovered, but don't miss it. If you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Two families went to Herculaneum on a day trip from Rome. We took the fast train to Naples, then the Circumvesuviana train to Erculano Scavi. When I first saw the site, I was disappointed in the small size, but this disappointment disappeared immediately as soon as we started exploring. This is a fabulous place and very well preserved. Some buildings... More

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Kruibeke, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived here after visiting pompeii and were pleasantly surprised with the calmness. The buildings didn't look the same and you could take your time to look at them without guided groups all over the place. If you want to enjoy a relaxing walk while you can learn something about the ruins this is absolutely the place to be! We... More

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A fantastic place to visit, Its much smaller than Pompeii as the majority of it appears to still be underneath modern day Ercolano. Its easy to spend the whole day here and in many areas its slightly better preserved than pompeii. I feel you really need to visit both to get the real feel of it all. There isn't a... More

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Getting there by Circumvesuviana which is a train that goes along the route Naples, Sorrento costs 2.20 Euro one way for a 100 minute ticket. Alternatively a day ticket costs 6.30 Euro. We were only visiting one site per day, so simultanoeously buying two single tickets for the outward and return journey worked well as tickets are validated when you... More

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Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A more intimate introduction compared to Pompeii. Artefacts, mosaics and archaeological finds are very impressive. A gateway to the past. I recommend purchasing a guide. Please wear sunscreen and wear a hat. I highly recommend this tourist attraction.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited Pompeii first but wished we had gone straight to Herculaneum. The buildings are far better preserved and even some of the beautiful mosaic pictures and floors are still intact. The area is much smaller than Pompeii which means it's much easier to see everything, especially if, like during our visit, the temperature was hovering around 34 degrees. Pompeii,... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This adds a dimension to the Pompeii experience. A smaller version of Pompeii but perhaps a more intimate look at community life then. A bit more climbing perhaps but an hour or so will show a well protected city with access to the sea through a tunnel.

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Melksham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The site has been extensively excavated and with a good guide there is plenty to take in. Nothing a lot to dislike

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Herculaneum is far more manageable than Pompei, but you don't get the same grandeur of scale. Quite amazing to think that there is a whole historical city under the current town. We did Pompei and Herculaneum in one day, which was perhaps a bit too much for one day, but both are worth the trip.

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