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Ruins of Herculaneum

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Address: 80056 Ercolano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081/8575347
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Very well preserved - I liked it better than Pompeii

This is a very well preserved ruin! I liked it even better than Pompeii! It is much smaller than Pompeii but the ruins are quite amazing. It is a bit of a hike into it if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very well preserved ruin! I liked it even better than Pompeii! It is much smaller than Pompeii but the ruins are quite amazing. It is a bit of a hike into it if you enter through the water gates. I enjoyed exploring on my own while listening to our guide. I highly recommend these ruins.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Herculaneum is less well known than Pompeii, but it is better preserved. We love the streets with nice houses and even street numbers. The bar was well preserved with a bar tender station all intact. The market still has its vases too. Of course, we are sad about the untimely death of so many, but we thought we could really... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed Herculaneum but be warned once you have paid your entry fee (which is free for under 18's, so take your passports to prove your age) you are not allowed to leave the site and return in the same day. Refreshments are limited to a few vending machines. We made the mistake of going in late morning with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely the one to visit, Pompeii is crowded, expensive with very long queues, Herculaneum none of those things and the ruins are fantastic showing a very real picture of life at that time and the terrible effects of the catastrophe. My top tip is do not sign up to any tours for this, simply get on the Naples train and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Specular and tragic site. Vesuvius erupts at 08:30 and blows toward Pompeii then around midnight rolls lava up to 50 meters high toward the coast and does so for over 24 hours and silenced the now named Herculaneum. This was a prosperous seaport much like towns and cities of the current era and it was over in moments. This was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No words can express , this place is incredible . Tragic yet haunting. Would definitely recommend. Much quieter than Pompeii and much smaller so easier to absorb the atmosphere and see everything

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Herculaneum is Pompeii's little brother and has some advantages. It's much smaller, but the buildings are in better condition and it has some amazing mosaics. It also is the site of the dock where hundreds were waiting for rescue when the pyroclastic cloud enveloped the town. They died instantly and their skeletons were uncovered in the ruins. I almost missed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii, but better preserved and much more interesting. It is amazing to see timber door frames still preserved after the catastrophe that befell this town. The skeletons of the poor souls who sought shelter in the boat sheds are very thought provoking. All in all a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited with a family of four during the day. It was very hot and I expected us to stay 1-2 hours. Eventually, we stayed more than 4 hours: walking the streets of Herculaneum gives you an real impression of Roman life 1937 years ago. Compared to open air museums of life in central Europe around 1700, the Roman civilization... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wish there was more information and provided maps with more substantial information. I would some sort of guided tour but maybe with individual as large group tours not really a value and the guides there for hire are charging STUPID prices.

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