Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

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Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Pancake70
London, UK58 contributions
Wonderful and Amazing
Jul 2020
No words can express my visit here so I would just suggest that you go and see for yourself. A dream of mine to go and it was truly worth it.
Written June 16, 2021
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Robert Dali
Cadaques, Spain2 contributions
An easy site to walk and enjoy
May 2021
Herculaneum is unique in its offering, large villa housing with evidence of a privileged lifestyle. The town was rich from its port and trading which is reflected in the street scape. An easy site for children as it is not difficult to see the grandeur without getting bored. We meandered for hours before discovering Umami bakery bistro 30 meters from the exit gates on via Novembre. Good food, sit down at very reasonable prices. A good day all round.
Written May 13, 2021
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Bidule05
France366 contributions
Isabelle (France)
Aug 2020
We visited the fantastic Herculanum, which was a small seaside town of 4000 inhabitants, appreciated by Roman aristocrats before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. J.-C.
We learned that Herculanum was buried by the thick layer of lava and mud tumbling down the slopes of Vesuvius at a speed of 400 to 500 km/hour!
We were amazed by the intact preservation of Herculaneum (which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997), including the amazingly designed houses, sculptures and public baths.
We saw the well perserved fine houses, including the house of the Corinthian Atrium (with its superb mosaics), the house of Neptune and Amphitrite (with its beautiful frescoes and its small courtyard), the deer house and the Casa Sannitica.
Altogether, I highly recommend to visit Herculanum, who constitutes an exceptional and inestimable testimony of the art of living and the town planning of the Roman world!!!
Written May 11, 2021
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Jackie Mathias
1 contribution
Herculaneum- interesting on its own, but fascinating with our tour guide
Jan 2021 • Family
Herculaneum is such a fascinating part of history and is the lesser known city of the 79A.D. Mt.Vesuvius explosion. It was fascinating to see certain things (like 2,000 year old wood) that were preserved in ways Pompeii never could’ve been because in Pompeii everything was burned up from the lava and ash.
Our tour guide Dr. Luciano was absolutely fantastic! He helped us learn so much and made the tour so interesting and engaging for my whole family. Dr. Luciano is so passionate, knowledgeable, and fun and he really made our experience memorable!
Written January 26, 2021
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JCVH
Scotland, UK404 contributions
Essential
Sep 2020 • Solo
The slightly less famous cousin of Pompeii, Ercolano, which is a lot closer to the city of Naples, is arguably even better a preserved site of Roman ruins.

While it’s more famous contemporary is much larger, what Ercolano, or Herculaneum as it’s translated to in English, offers is actually a much better preserved ancient village that can be reached and completed within half a day if staying in the city.

One piece of advice is to take the inter city train as opposed to the one that goes to Pompeii which takes a lot longer, and is much further away in terms of walk from the train station. Trains are also a lot more frequent this route.

I’d wholeheartedly recommend visiting this site. If possible I’d go to both it and Pompeii, but if you are tight on time this is certainly a very good option for a day trip from Naples.
Written November 17, 2020
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK1,888 contributions
A fascinating glimpse into a Roman town
Sep 2020
Easy to get to - just walk down the road from the Circumvesuviana Railway Station and through the Archway at the end of the road; here they want to check your temperature - but not during the lunch hour as the office is then un-manned! No queues and the site itself was very quiet.
A gentle slope takes you down to the ticket office and book shop; again no plan or free guide was available for the site. Audio guides were available - cash only and ID required. The attendant was unable to give me any assurance that the equipment was sanitised after use so I didn't get one.
There is a one way system to get you into the site and this involves quite a walk down a tunnel which brings you out opposite the boat houses, in which the skeletons of some of the inhabitants were found - a sombre reminder of the forces of nature.
Herculaneum was buried under volcanic mud and you can see the depth of this mud from the surrounding cliffs with the modern town on top. It is a much smaller site as only a small fraction of the town has been excavated so it is easier to wander around and enjoy the ruins, whereas Pompeii is very spread out and invloves quite long walks. Some superb wall decorations and mosaics still in situ and it is easy to imagine the bustling streets with the taverns and fast food places doing a roaring trade! The baths complex is not to be missed!
There is a small room on the way out that has vending machines where you can find drnks, etc.
Written October 31, 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Not to miss!
Sep 2020
Very interesting, and more remarkable buildings than in Pompeii.

The site only opens at 10.30, but people will start queuing a bit before 10. I recommend to go early to get less people on site. Most tours will come mid morning. You will need around 2h to visit all of it.
Written October 15, 2020
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John M
Monmouth, UK420 contributions
Well worth a visit; smaller and more manageable than Pompeii
Oct 2019
12th October 2019. Family of 3 - entrance fee 13 euros each. Headsets were cash only then, 8 euros each - worthwhile. Much smaller than Pompeii, but somehow a better experience; maybe it is the smaller size making it more manageable. To start with because there is the modern town right around it (literally), and over it - much must be beneath the town now - you realise how much the land has risen since AD79. Obviously the Vesuvius eruption "helped" with this! It had a beach in that distant time, whereas now the sea is some distance away (reminiscent of Ephesus in Turkey in that respect). The ruins are in a hollow in the land surrounded as said above by the new town. Many well preserved buildings, where you can see where the second floor would have been. Unfortunately on our visit the baths were closed, so we had to take their word for it that they are one of the best preserved antiquities in the world. We went around in about an hour, but we were tired and had a flight to catch. I'd recommend 2 hours. The thought of a 16 foot wall of hot mud engulfing this small port is truly disturbing, but that's what happened. At the very bottom of the site are some silos with skeletons "on display" It seemed wrong to take photos there so we didn't. Well worthwhile a visit.
Written September 30, 2020
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Spmmik53
Purley, UK581 contributions
A well preserved discovery, captured in time buried under volcanic mud
Sep 2020
A weird experience. Herculanium was clearly a wealth community but tragically caught out by the eruption of Vesuvius. The dwellings and remnants are much better preserved than those at Pompeii as Ercolano was enveloped and buried by volcanic mud rather than ash.
We did not opt for one of the guided tours as the guides needed a minimum number and we were one of the first there. Our self-guided tour of the ruins took a good 3 hours. There is an app that you can down load which explains the different sites.
Amazingly several wall frescos remained preserved together with the floor mosaics.
One feature that I had not been aware of was that Ercolano had been a coastal town and that its citizens were trying to run to the beach for safety and shelter when the wall of volcanic mud hit. This effectively buried the entire town. When you visit the ruins you realise that these are a good 300 meters from the present shoreline.
Well worth a visit.
Excellent under cover parking immediately near the main entrance are reasonable charge.
Written September 28, 2020
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Furbieheather
York, UK66 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2020 • Couples
We spent about 3 hours here, a one way system was in place to enter and exit the sunken ruins. Smaller than Pompeii but we enjoyed that it wasn't a full day. There is a car park right by one of the entrances which we chose to do rather than use public transport during covid.
Tickets bought online had to be exchanged for a small paper one for the entry gate even though they had a qr code on them so remember to join the inside ticket queue.
We download the qr guide available to get more information about each building and the site map and felt this gave us sufficient information.
Written September 27, 2020
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