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Ruins of Herculaneum
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Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train
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Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive
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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.
Reviewed September 1, 2014

We liked this much better than Pompeii. It is smaller but has so much more detail of the lives of the people. The only down side Is that all the artefacts, body cast etc., have been taken to the museum in Naples.

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Reviewed September 1, 2014

We booked our trip here with our holiday tour rep but there is a station nearby so you can easily reach it independently . Previously we'd been to Pompeii and loved it but I really do think that Herculaneum is even better. The site is smaller but much better preserved so you can enter houses and really see how the people lived. We had a wonderful guide and that really made it for us. Some people we spoke to had used the head sets but the woman's voice became irritating so they switched it off but that may have just been their opinion. The other plus over Pompeii is there's far more shade as the buildings are better preserved. Well worth a visit and a great guide, as we had , will really bring the place alive with his knowledge and humour.

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a personal level we found the site a Herculaneum better than Pompeii. The area is smaller and many of the villas and buildings were in better condition. The rather eerie vaults with the human remains brings home the scale of the disaster.
The site is easily accessible from the train station so don't be caught by the touts outside offering tickets including transfer.

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Reviewed August 31, 2014

Absolutely loved Herculaneum; the incredibly well preserved buildings were impressive to say the least. You could really get a good glimpse into life as it must have been at the time. We only had two hours there, which considering we were with a 4 and 3 year old, was perfectly acceptable; however, had I been there without kids, I think I would have happily lingered for 4 hours at least, regardless of the heat!
One small thing: I do wish there were little signs outside each building, just to let you know what you were looking at. The free booklet helped a little, but there were many buildings that we REALLY wanted to know what they were, and had no way of finding out...most frustrating when you have little kids asking you and you want to encourage their interest in history, ho ho!
However,this was just a small thing. Overall, incredible and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 30, 2014

Having visited Pompei first (which is amazing) I found Ercolano to be better for several reasons: It is much less crowed, it is much better preserved, not over commercialised and it is compact. Finding the entrance was a challenge though but after asking a few locals we got there and it was totally worth it. There you will find two story buildings in tact, incredible mosaics, carbonised wood, and amazing bath houses, ongoing excavations and so much more - I was so impressed by it all. Out of the two I found Ercolano to be so much more rewarding and enjoyable.

Thank Helen2025
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