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“Interesting, especially the baths” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Herculaneum Ercolano

Herculaneum Ercolano
Corso Resina 6, Ercolano, Italy
+39 081/8575347
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Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento
Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Ercolano
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
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“Interesting, especially the baths”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Herculaneum is on a much smaller scale than Pompeii and can be done in a couple of hours (take water and wear flat shoes). The structure of the buildings survived the eruption of Vesuvius better than in Pompeii, so you can still see the barrel vaulted ceilings of the baths, for example, and the balcony floor of the Casa a Graticcio. There are also some impressive mosaic floors but fewer intact frescoes and artefacts than at Pompeii. A lot of restoration work was going on while we were there, so some of the buildings, including the suburban baths, were closed. If you have to choose between Pompeii and Herculaneum, you should definitely choose Pompeii but Herculaneum is also worthwhile and interesting if you can do both.

Visited September 2012
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“Quiet, excellent historic site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We went by train from Naples to Herculaneum. It was a very easy journey, about 15-20 mins and less than 3 euros each way (no return tickets in Italy). It was a small station on the main line to Pompeii, which was a further 15 mins from there. An added bonus is that you can see Vesuvius on the way.
Once you get off at the station you can walk down towards the shore on a main road, several signposts mark the way. It's not a very busy town in itself (no fancy restaurants/bars) but at the bottom of the road you will find the archaeological site, again clearly marked. It is amazing, so many buildings and streets still intact. You can get a feel for how it would have been to have been a Roman! The existing town of Herculaneum is at high level on the cliffs overlooking the excavation site. It was much less busy than Pompeii, fewer tourists and actually gave a very domestic view of life in these times. A well worth trip. A 20euro ticket for Pompeii also gets you into this site, and vice versa.

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“Amazingly preserved ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Everyone will choose Pompeii s avoid the crowds and visit Herculaneum! Much more concise and better preserved, with amazing architecture and mosaics

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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was my second visit to Hreculaneum in 2 years and I do love it. It is nice and small and not nearly as crowded as Pompei and you have plenty of time to explore.The train from Sorrento to Naples is very cheap and very regular and the best way to visit Pompei, Herculaneum and Oplontis Villa. There is a combined ticket for these sites and includes 2 other sites which we didn't have time for and you can get it at Pompei.

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“Feeling a part of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Even without paying an entrance fee you can see much of the excavated city, watch workers preserving the remains, a get a sense of how vibrant a city this must have once been. Seeing the preserved woodwork was a special treat since no wooden artifacts survived at Pompeii.

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