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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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Smaller, more manageable and more complete alternative to Pompeii

The Herculaneum site is only about 4.5 hectares, compared to the huge and rambling Pompeii ruins. Although a smaller and less rich original Roman settlement, the ruins today are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Herculaneum site is only about 4.5 hectares, compared to the huge and rambling Pompeii ruins. Although a smaller and less rich original Roman settlement, the ruins today are much more intact - in parts you can look along a near complete streetscape of a small Roman community, in a way that you can't at Pompeii. Its small size makes... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A bit of a walk from the train. Lots of walking down a pretty steep slope to enter site. Fascinating and much better preserved than Pompeii at this time. I understand they are receiving private funds. Leave lots of time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this ancient civilization.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We didn't have time for both sites and chose this over Pompeii for its size and level of preservation. The ancient site is an amazing visit and walking through it makes you feel as though you're a citizen yourself. A tour guide is definitely necessary if you want to see more than ruins without much meaning.

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Hambledon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a smaller attraction than pompeii, but you get to see so much more. The site extremely well kept, you could see a lot of the original paint work, as well as the original mosaics, and marble finishes, even carbonised wood dating from the eruption. Not as well known as pompeii, but well worth the visit, as it has... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I visited this site and took a tour of Vesuvius (form the nearby train station) on the same day. It made a good package. I am glad I came here for a "taster" before going to Pompeii, which is vast. Nice visitor centre with toilets, and a compact site full of interest. I recommend this visit highly - well worth... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

TIP: arrive early 08:30, grab the guide book and enjoy the peace and quiet of these well preserved seaside ruins. It really is a contrast to the grandeur and enormity of Pompeii but still has much to offer without the heat the wide open spaces and the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The site is easy to drive to from Naples and private cars park underground. Pay for parking when leaving using the machine at the top of the stairs. Just to think that the history of this place goes back to BC times leave me in awe. We almost got a private guide but she was not that understandable (60 E... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii, but it's equally beautiful. We and our children of 15, 13 and 10 loved it. You really can imagine how people lived there so long ago and also the disaster of the volcano eruption is really touching.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Much smaller than Pompeii and all the better for it. We did it in about 2 hours. Audiophile or personal guide is probably a good idea if you are really in to your history. The free map is terrible and the signing at the site is truly awful. The audiophile must be misleading as the normal entry road to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

smaller than pompei but much better preserved and get a real feeling for the town as it was. Great to wander through the streets, the buildings, the tunnels, the statues, the frescoes. Could have spent 3 days there. Only blip were the staff hidden away in the offices as we queued to get tickets in the sun but this site... More 

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