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  • Address: Via Luigi Palmieri, 173, Naples, Italy
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Herculaneum Tours

Most visitors to Italy have Pompeii on their must-see list, and with good reason. But Pompeii isn’t the only important archaeological site in the area outside of Naples - and some consider the smaller excavation at Herculaneum to be more interesting and a better visitor experience. Luckily, you don’t have to choose - you can visit both easily in a day.

Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was buried by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was actually more preserved than destroyed by the blast. This means the buildings are better preserved, including many that still have a second storey you can see, giving visitors a more accurate feel for what the city looked like before the eruption. The hot ash that covered Herculaneum and killed the people who couldn’t escape was deep enough that it covered two-storey buildings, sealed frescoes and mosaics on their walls, and even encased food supplies in household kitchens.

Much of Pompeii is off-limits to visitors, with doorways blocked by ropes you can’t cross and buildings you can’t enter. Part of this is due to the instability of the structures (collapses of walls or entire buildings are not uncommon, sadly). At Herculaneum, there are some areas that are roped off, but there are also many buildings you can walk right into. The experience is eerie, as you expect the homeowner to come into the room at any moment, admonishing you for entering without knocking on the door.

As mentioned, the excavated site at Herculaneum is far smaller than that of Pompeii, and even today the modern city of Ercolano sits above more of the ancient city that hasn’t been unearthed. Pompeii is also far more visited, which means you’re less likely to encounter the same kinds of big crowds at Herculaneum. It sits slightly closer to Naples, so you can plan a day trip from Naples that includes Pompeii in the morning, a break for lunch, and then Herculaneum in the afternoon on your way back.

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Skip-the-Line Herculaneum Ruins Ticket, Naples, null
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Skip-the-Line Herculaneum Ruins Ticket

Buy your entrance tickets for the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and skip the line.  Discover the highlights of the ruins of Herculaneum, a pearl ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 1 to 6 hrs

From USD $16.07
Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive, Campania, ... 
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Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a 2.5-hour private walking tour of Herculaneum led by a top-rated local guide. This ancient town is the site of excavated ruins that provides a rare ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.74
Private Herculaneum Tour for Kids and Families, Naples, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Herculaneum Tour for Kids and Families

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience an interactive, 2-hour visit to the Herculaneum with the whole family. Led by a professional guide, explore the highlights of one of the best best ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $398.67
Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train, Naples, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Step back in time on a half-day tour of the Ruins of Herculaneum — a fossilized town and UNESCO-listed archaeological site. The victim of an ancient Mt ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $333.22
Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum from Amalfi, Maiori, or Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum from Amalfi, Maiori, or Ravello

On this private 4-hour tour, venture to the splendors of Herculaneum: an ancient Roman town that was famously destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.09
Pompeii and Herculaneum Small group Walking Tour led by an Archaeologist, Naples, Half-day Tours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Small group Walking Tour led by an Archaeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour consists in a marvellous walk around of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 a. ...  Read more

Location: Pompei, Italy
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $398.67
Skip-the-lines private tour of Ancient Herculaneum and Volcano Vesuvius with local guide and ... 
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Skip-the-lines private tour of Ancient Herculaneum and Volcano Vesuvius with local guide and driver

This full day tour includes a visit to the ruins of the Ancient city of Herculaneum - a city that has been covered and buried by the lava and ashes ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.38
Private Skip-the-Line Tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti, Pompeii, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Skip-the-Line Tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy this full-day, private tour to the ruins of the ancient cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti. Take in the sights with a private guide who will ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.25
HERCULANEUM DAY TRIP FROM ROME WITH PIZZA LUNCH IN NAPLES, Rome, Cultural Tours
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HERCULANEUM DAY TRIP FROM ROME WITH PIZZA LUNCH IN NAPLES

Depart for an amazing day trip from your hotel/airport/port/railway station in Rome to the archeological UNESCO site of Herculaneum. The drive is going to be ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $571.23
Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Guilty of decimating Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79, Mt Vesuvius looms over the Bay of Naples like a beautiful, silent menace. Stopped in their tracks by ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.55

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