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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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We had a great visit to Herculaeneum. Ercolano Scavi station is easy to get to from Napoli or Sorrento. Site is quite small and self-contained, and therefore can easily be seen in a couple of hours. We visited as an alternative to Pompeii to avoid the worst of the crowds. We also took a tour with an official guide for... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Herculaneum is a smaller site than Pompeii and better preserved. Although half of the site remains buried under modern buildings there is still a lot to see. Mosaics and frescoes, restaurants and homes. The stone boat houses that were once on the Bay of Naples are now 1 km away from the water thanks to Vesuvius.

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Nassington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This is the less famous but better preserved Roman town destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption of 79AD. It is a better bet if you only have time or funds to visit one of the sites. It costs 11 euros like Pompeii and you should allow a couple of hours to see it in full. The frescos are better preserved than... More

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Salisbury, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Easy to find from the Circumvesuviana railway station, with plenty of refreshment options on the way back up the hill. We’d expected to obtain a guide leaflet and plan of Ercolano from the on-site ticket office, but stocks were exhausted. However, in contrast to Pompei the site is easy to navigate, so we didn’t feel the need of a personal... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Beautifully presented ruins, with many things of interest to see. You can hire a guide, an audio guide or wander about yourself. The day we visited the ticket office was very disorganised with long line ups and frustrated bus tour guides. There was no one at the information counter and all english parephanelia was gone. You need good shoes, hat... More

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Bottesford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Although smaller than Pompeii the buildings are more intact. Renovations seem to be ongoing which was good to see. Sadly the skeletons reflected the misguided hope people had sheltering in a cave when Vesuvius erupted

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most interesting archaeological sites we have ever visited. With the help of a knowledgeable guide we were able to explore buildings and streets which looked just as they did in the first century AD. If you are anywhere near Naples, DO NOT MISS THIS ATTRACTION.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Herculaneum is in the shadow Vesuvius which is classed as one the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. This is principally because over one million people live around it. Apparently there is an evacuation plan, but I wouldn’t live there! Most people know about Pompeii, but perhaps fewer are aware of Herculaneum. It was devastated in the same eruption that... More

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Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We loved our visit, and spent hours wandering around. What I did find a bit odd was the all the modern amenities built up around the site

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Would be fantastic if they were allowed to uncover all of Herculaneum, still in the shadow of Pompeii.

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