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“Unexpected and almost intimate” 5 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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“Unexpected and almost intimate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We arrived at the site in the mid-afternoon after a visit to Pompeii. The town is much smaller than Pompeii but there were probably less than 50 people there. The houses and the streets are not as grand as those in Pompeii but we could go inside some of the larger homes and the baths and be alone. As a result, the ruins seemed more understandable and intimate. I don't think I would substitute Herculaneum for Pompeii but it is a very nice supplement if you have the time and interest. We visited the same day as Pompeii and they did not charge it as a separate admission on our three day card. The site is not well marked from the train station but is easy to find: leave the station going downhill and continue in an almost straight line until the road comes to a T at the entrance to a park -- the ruins are thourgh the gate.

Visited April 2013
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“Great historic excavation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Lots of interesting buildings to review. In many ways, in better condition than Pompeii. Since it's a more compact site, shouldn't take all day to explore.

Visited May 2013
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“Smaller version of Pompeii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Everyone goes to Pompeii because it is so famous, but lesser known and nearby Herculaneum is worth a visit, too. We went to both and enjoyed both for different reasons. Herculaneum is smaller but somewhat better preserved due to the kind of volcanic debris flow that buried it. It was a mix of water, mud, and volcanic ash that buried Herculaneum and it hardened into soething like cement, which preserved the wall paintings, murals, and tiles better than in Pompeii. Also, the people of Herculaneum we generally more wealthy than most in Pompeii (except for the real elite of Pompeii) so the homes seem a little more opulent. If you are in the area for more than one day, or if you have been to Pompeii before, take a trip to Herculaneum. If I could only see one, I'd go to Pompeii.

Visited June 2013
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Smaller and more contained than Pompeii. Better preserved and the story of the disaster is more dramatic and moving (in my opinion). Allow two hours to see every thing.

Visited May 2013
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“Mini me Pompeii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

this site is smaller than Pompeii but also much quieter and some of the houses are reconstructed a bit better so you can really get a feeling of what they looked like. The city was probably the size of Pompeii but most of it has been build on by modern houses, so only the part of the city by the sea has been excavated. You can do Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day. If you are starting out in Naples, take the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii, do that first because it gets more crowded as the day goes on. Then on the way back get off at Ercolano, walk the main street down the hill and the excellent visitor center to the site is right there. Then walk back up the hill to catch the train back. There are many trains and you can buy a 24 hour ticket and hop on and off just be sure to validate it at the station.

Visited May 2013
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