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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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Guildford England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Herculaneum (near the modern town of Ercolano) is a small-scale version of Pompeii better preserved due to the way Vesuvius buried it - even some of the original woodwork such as doors and even furniture was preserved (although carbonised of course). As such it is a much more intimate place than Pompeii and really much more touching and human. Make... More

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Very hot day but there is shade and the site is amazing as it is so well preserved. The mosaics are wonderful and the villas give such a good idea of how the Romans lived there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Easy by train from Sorrento via Ercolano Scavi station. There is usually a gate near the station but this was closed when we visited so we got a minibus from the station ( 3 euro return). We did see some people walking but it is around 3km and as we walked around the ruins for over 2 hours we were... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Walk down from Ercolano Stavi circumvesuviana, down the road, to the arch, turn left, then turn right down the small road which had brown sign at the junction. This is a short cut rather than main road. Good idea to buy tickets for both here and Pompeii, saves a few €'s and time in queues. Refreshments at site limited. Although... More

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plumstead south london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Wow ! This site really gives you a feel for how the people of Herculaneum lived - and died. Go viist.

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I didn't do both and I regret it. Herculanaeum was wonderful, because of how well preserved it is, the beauty of the frescos and mosaics and the other details. It also gives you a staggering realization of the sheer magnitude of the ash deposit. In addition, when you realize this was a seaside resort, it really brings home the enormous... More

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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Much smaller than Pompeii, less popular, more and less tourists. The town is much better preserved than Pompeii ruins, the most interesting part of the harbor was unfortunately closed during my visit, but everything above it was worth the sacrifice of time. Must see it soon for security reasons visitors the museum may be closed again as a few years... More

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Beverley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Smaller than Pompeii but if anything better preserved. Tour guide at venue was pretty good too. A must see, best done from the circumsevenia station and walking. You don't need the shuttle bus!

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Pompeii is the most famous, but Herculaneum is the best. Smaller but better preserved. We had had a private guided tour of Pompeii and with the knowledge we gained there made our tour around Herculaneum even better. Easy to get to on the train and not as many tourists as Pompeii. Buy a combination ticket for €20 per person, take... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Herculaneum, while being less well know than Pompeii is just as spectacular. It is a more manageable size and has far fewer tourists. Many frescos and mozaics are still there (a large number have been removed from Pompeii and are housed in the archaeological museum in Naples) and it is a very well preserved town. If you have the chance... More

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