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Herculaneum Ercolano

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Address: Corso Resina 6, Ercolano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081/8575347
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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We went in February, and, even then the train (Circumvesuviana) was packed, so be prepared to stand for 20 mins. There's a 10 min. walk downhill to the site (so remember it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Burlington, Massachusetts
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Burlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We went in February, and, even then the train (Circumvesuviana) was packed, so be prepared to stand for 20 mins. There's a 10 min. walk downhill to the site (so remember it's uphill on the way back!). There's no café, (just vending machines). The site itself is, of course, fantastic, and there were hardly any visitors. As it's small, it's... More 

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Nussloch, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I'm the type who loves castle ruins, archaeology, and history in general. This place was like a playground for me. Many of the buildings here still had furniture inside, and most still had the original artwork on the walls including some of the most beautiful tile-murals. There are some great documentaries about this site which are helpful to put into... More 

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Cheshire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We visited this site on the awy back to Naples from Sorrento. Compared with Pompeii it is much smaller and two hours is sufficient to see all that is available. There were not many visitors to be seen during our stay. We were surprised by this. The audio guides are average as is found at many similar attractions. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Couldn't believe just how well preserved this place is! The audio guide isn't the best, and the dudes voice is quite annoying after a while, but to be honest it was a good introduction and if I am honest, I am glad I bought the guide :) €6 for one €10 for two....you need to leave some Id and collect... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Suggest out of season. Autumn is great but remember it gets dark early and dusk us short. Read before going and get a guide. Puts the place in context and gives extra interesting details. Check opening times as not always as expected. Allow a full day...

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Konigswinter, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We opted to see Herculaneum rather than Pompeii since we were told it's less crowded and easier to get around. We arrived when it opened and were the only people there for a very long time. The site is amazing and there are lots of wall paintings still in place. It is a lovely site and there is a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a few stops north of Pompeii on the circumvesuviana train line. The site is straight down a hill from the train station. The site is not as large as Pompeii, but still very cool and worth a visit. Read a little of the history of the place before going. I think there is a card you can get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

We went to Pompeii the day before and really enjoyed it. We also wanted to see Herculaneum as many people had told me it was less crowded and easier to get around. We had a bit of difficulty at the ticket desk as the lady wasn't going to give us the 50% discount due with our Campania Artecard but we... More 

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St. Davids, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After seeing Pompei, which was remarkable, I didn't think Herculaneum could better it, but how wrong can you be? The site is truly amazing and is still being excavated. Whereas Pompei was mostly ruins, which are still fantastic, Herculaneum had some suprisingly large buildings. Looking into the rooms and seeing mosaics and wall paintings, you really felt you were living... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited Herculaneum last August on a P & O Cruise excursion. I had already visited Pompeii previously and found it to be a bit hectic over the summer months therefore decided to visit Hercuaneum. The place was pretty much empty which was perfect as it meant we could see absolutely everything without the crouds. Our guide was fantasic and there... More 

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