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Smaller and better than Pompeii (with a cold drinks dispensing unit on site)

Herculaneum is a far smaller, and better preserved, site than Pompeii and is nearer to Naples... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2019
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Truly unique place that brings us back to 79 AD before Vesuvius covered this city in ash. Arrive... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2019
LivingLovingItaly
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Naples, Italy
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Reviewed August 28, 2019

Herculaneum is a far smaller, and better preserved, site than Pompeii and is nearer to Naples. There is no need for a guided tour as the audio guide is more than adequate. Again, possession of a Campania Artecard will not only reduce the cost of entrance but also allow you to bypass the queues. If travelling by train from Naples board the train at Porta Nolana station (which is the terminus of the Circumvesuviana train line) - this way you are sure of a seat before the "hordes" clamber aboard at the central station in the Piazza Garibaldi.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

Truly unique place that brings us back to 79 AD before Vesuvius covered this city in ash. Arrive early to avoid crowds if traveling by car. There is a parking garage located close to entrance. The line to buy tickets included English speaking tourists. An Italian tour guide approached and asked if we wanted to join a group for 100€ for 10 people. Although we ended up with only 6, the 33€ spent for us (2adults)to have Hector take us through the most important houses was worth every bit. He gave us so much information, showed us the only remaining fresco with vibrant colors, and an amazing floor in what would have been a ladies spa/bathroom area. Plan to spend a few hours at this site with a guide - if you’re lucky -Hector and enjoy learning about the site. It’s spectacular!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

Take the Circumvesuviana train to the Ercolano Scavi stop. Watch out, there is another Ercolano stop on the Sorrento side. We accidentally got off there - no worries, just wait for the next train and go one more stop. It's a 10 minute walk downhill to the entrance. No massive crowds when we went on a Sunday about noon. Audioguide is excellent. Note: you have to leave an id for the audio guide. I carry an old driver's license for such purposes. You can view the whole city from above before you even get to the ticket office. After you're in, there is a walk down to the former beach area where many victims were found. Interesting display of victims' jewelry and such on display in the small museum just after you enter. Lots of uneven walking so wear good shoes. Bring a picnic as there are only vending machines and the restaurants in the area look dubious and not very clean. You'll really get a feel for life in this town from your visit here and it's a relatively small excavation site compared to Pompeii, so you can do the whole thing easily in 3 to 4 hours. Restroom note: very small restrooms in the ticket/bookshop area. There are larger ones after you enter. Look for the WC sign after the small museum on the left. They are behind the snack bar area. Free for kids. We carry a copy of our very tall son's passport to verify his age as they don't always believe he is only 14!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

Herculaneum is amazing. Very well preserved. You can walk into the buildings and spend time imagining how sophisticated roman life was. There is even a take away shop. Easy to find after arriving by train. Not as many tourists either

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

Great secret. Herculaneum is better than big brother Pompeii. It’s a much smaller site that can be seen from a walk way above. The buildings are much more intact than Pompeii and you see great frescos and see how people lived 2000 years ago.
If you travel their by train just watch out for Ercolano it’s a bit “ dodgy” as my son said. It’s quite a poor part of italy. All the trains have tonnes of graffiti. Keep your head down it’s worth it. If you are a bit nervous take a tour. And the toilets are FREE.

Date of experience: December 2018
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