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Ruins of Herculaneum

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Address: 80056 Ercolano, Italy
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was...

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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Really nice and easy to visit

This is a much small site than Pompei, though still worth a visit. You can visit the site in about 2 to 3 hours. Of course, as always at thises sites, arrive early to avoid the... read more

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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a much small site than Pompei, though still worth a visit. You can visit the site in about 2 to 3 hours. Of course, as always at thises sites, arrive early to avoid the crowd (they open at 8:30). The signage is not very clear and in fact many people started the visit from its end. When you... More 

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I was so looking forward to coming here and Herculaneum did not disappoint. We visited this site first prior to visiting Pompeii, and the contrast was quite noticeable. While this site is better preserved – it certainly set the tone for what Pompeii has to offer. We came here on a clear sunny day with very little tourists – but... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Having seen, and been impressed by Pompeii, we almost didn't go to Herculaneum but are so glad that we did. Top Tip: get a guide!! We were approached by a guide whilst we were queuing for tickets at the entrance - she suggested joining with a small (there were 7 with us) group of other independent visitors to share her... More 

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We spent around 3 hrs going around Herculaneum, although you could probably do it in 2 if you don't linger on the way around quite as much. You can get a map and a little booklet free and between them it's quite clear where you are as you go around. One thing to mention is that the big ramp down... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Travelled from Sorrento on the Campania express train. This train is slightly more expensive than the standard train but only stops at Pompeii before Herculaneum rather than 25 stops on the local train ! The Campania express is also air conditioned, has more comfortable seats and is not as crowded as only used by tourists. While we used a guide... More 

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Herculaneum is nowhere near as popular (and therefore not as busy!) as Pompeii, but it is just as interesting. It is easily accessible by train - about a 10 minute downhill walk from the Ercolano station. One fascinating detail is that there are actually the remains of burnt wood at several sites in Herculaneum (and some real skeletons - not... More 

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We came in the low season so it was not busy at all. The ruins are really impressive and looks more clear then Pompeii, but still we were more impressive by Pompeii ruins because the size of the city.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide Luciano Leone was nothing more than fantastic. His energy and enthusiasm for his work made the tour of Herculaneum come to life. We only paid €100 between 10 people to use his services and it was well worth the money. Highly recommended!!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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After 17 years we revisited Ercolano with our young kids.. Always excellent (i find it better than Pompei) but.. some key parts that we visited 17 years ago were closed. The therme, the carbonated furniture... As in Pompei it seems that due to low number of guards they open the sites for a short time and then the guard closes... More 

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Superbly preserved in the most tragic of circumstances Herculaneum gives you a feel for what life was like 2000 years ago. It is staggering to see how advanced life was then, the only thing they seemed not to have was electricity and cars and probably no worse off for it . I would have liked more time to look around... More 

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