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“Enlightening” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Herculaneum Ercolano

Herculaneum Ercolano
Corso Resina 6, Ercolano, Italy
+39 081/8575347
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$49*
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Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Ercolano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Enlightening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Herculaneum was the first part of a quinella of ancient sites for us on the one day. My wife and I visited Herculaneum in the morning and then backed-up with Pompeii in the afternoon. Reason being that there is probably a little more shade at Herculaneum and it is a little smaller and therefore more comfortable for the morning jaunt.

Parking is near impossible at Herculaneum. We parked at Pompeii and jumped on the Circumvesuviana train to Ercolano and took the short 15 minute walk down the street to Herculaneum. The guy who was "minding" our car in the private car park along the entrance road to Ristorante Lucullus at Pompeii thought that we would be back for lunch but didn't seem phased when we turned up at 5:00pm - so the strategy was successful!

Herculaneum and Pompeii suffered equally in the 67AD eruption of Vesuvius but in different ways, so it is valuable to visit both sites to do the compare-and-contrast thing. The lifestyles of those living in both sites was also different and that adds some interest. Herculaneum was more the ritzy resort whilst Pompeii was a working port city.

We used a Walks of Italy guide for the Pompeii tour but did Herculaneum by ourselves. It is obviously better with a guide but our Pompeii guide was able to bring us up to speed with some of the detail of the Herculaneum site when we caught up with her at Pompeii in the afternoon.

Enjoy both sites - they are different!!

Visited September 2012
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“Get a Guide!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The excavations were very easy to get to from the train station. You definately don't need the shuttle buses that tout for business outside. Arriving early in the morning it was very quiet. I was dissappointed to see the the map/guide booklet in English had run out. There was a guide charging 10 euros per person for a tour (which I thought was very reasonable) but he said he would need to wait til he had at least six other people and since there were few other visitors around we decided just to look around by ourselves. It is an incredible place but with hindsight I really wish I had waited and gone on the guided tour as sometimes we struggled to figure out exactly what we were looking at and I think a guide would have made all the difference in bringing it to life. I still found it fascinating but I hope to return one day soon and take the guided tour!

Visited October 2012
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“Everything you expect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Get the little shuttle bus (office to the left as you exit from the rail station) to the site as it is a bit of a hike otherwise and best save your feet for the site.The virtual interactive tour mentioned by some reviews was not working. But staff helpful in establishing if we could get a later shuttle bus back to the station than planned with the same ticket, which I think was about 3.50 Euros return.

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“Better than Pompeii.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Truly outstanding, much smaller than Pompeii so not as crowded and easier to look round. The little town itself is quite nice too. We were lucky enough to be there on market day and it was buzzing.

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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The reality of this is so much more than any book or tv programme can begin to explain. It's absolutley stunning and as yet they've only managed to uncover about a quarter of the original city.

The streets, the frescos, the mosaics ... it's all there and you will be transported back in time. We were very fortunate to have a lovely guide who helped us to live it the experience.

What else can I say ... GO

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