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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Well organised site, much smaller queues and more compact than Pompeii. Well worth paying the €10 per person for the guided tour (a little over an hour). Take the circumvesuvian train to Ercalano Scavi, then leave the station walking down a very gentle hill. Sign posting is a bit dodgy - but keep walking straight ahead and you can't miss... More

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Torcy, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Just back from early morning trip to Herculaneum. Arrived 08.30am. Large car park right next to entry to site. Gates open 08.30 and for first half hour we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Fantastic site, amazing buildings give you a real feel for life as it must of been. Short walk out of the site and a visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Get there early! No heat, no crowds. We were with a driver who dropped us off when they opened. If you have the time, a recorded tour would give you the most information of what you are looking at.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

After entering the site there's 2 different ways to get into the ruins across the main bridge or down several stairs that takes you through a passageway in the volcanic mud to bring you out next to the boat harbour. We went through the passage which is quite spacious and gives a whole new experience to the place. There are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

An amazing place, beautifully preserved architecture giving a fascinating glimpse into first century living - breathtaking!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed Herculaneum. If you can't make it to Pompeii, this is the next best thing. Easy to walk around in an hour or so. Take drink bottle as it gets very hot! Cost €11 per person. Go as early as you can to avoid crowds and heat. Recommend this if you have time and can't spend a whole day... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We visited Pompeii in the past and in this trip wanted to see Herculaneum Ercolano. It is smaller and better preserved than Pompeii. There is fewer crowds since it is smaller and the cruise ship buses don't come here. We spent 2 hours with Hector, our guide, and had a great tour with lots of details. I think there was... More

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Westminster, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We toured this amazing site with our two teenage grandsons using an excellent tour guide - Vincenzo Coppola - from Mondo Guide Private Day Tours. We had been to Pompeii three times which is an important archeological place to see also but felt that the Herculaneum site was even more interesting and better preserved. Herculaneum was a sea side resort... More

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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Herculaneum is like Pompeii but smaller. Therefore it's easier to tackle as a tourist with younger children

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I had heard about this city but did not realise what an outstanding archeological story is unfolding there. It is not super easy to get to which would account for the relatively small numbers touring. I would definitely get an organised tour to get the full history of the city and those who once lived there.

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