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Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

1. Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food, and even 300 skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium, and public swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Wear your Augmented Reality smart glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive walking tour at the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Travel back to 79 AC and see what Herculaneum's squares and houses looked like before being destroyed in a volcanic eruption. Meet your tour leader at Herculaneum main entrance and get kitted out with your glasses before listening to a quick introduction to how to use them. Then, begin your tour which has been designed by an archaeologist team to show you what life was like in Herculaneum before the eruption. The software of the glasses creates holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing what the most significant temples, houses, and buildings originally looked like. Cast yourself into the bygone age of ancient life in Herculaneum, walking through the city to feel like a Roman.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

3. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

4. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

5. Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

The tour departs from Naples every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The driver will pick you up from the main hotels of Naples city center. After the pick-up, meet the guide at the train station of Naples to take the train to Herculaneum. Reach Herculaneum in only 20 minutes. Skip the line with the assistance of the guide. Just as if you had a time machine, you will walk through the history of all the buildings of the ancient roman town that was buried by the ashes of the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii and can be visited in 1.5 hours which makes it perfect as a visit for those who have little time. Visit also the Termopolium, the Sannite House, House of the Relief of Telephus, House of the Black Hall and the House of the Wooden Partition. After the tour, the guide will take you to the train station of Herculaneum to get the train back to Naples. Once in Naples, a driver will drive you back to the morning pick-up point.

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

6. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

7. Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide and begin a 2-hour guided visit of the ruins of the town. Discover the city which has been well-preserved after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn how the archaeological site was first discovered in the 18th century and became one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. See some of the notable landmarks of the town including the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, and the house with the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Explore the ruins of the town and get a sense of the daily life of Roman citizens.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

8. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

Embark on a day trip from Naples and discover two of the Campania Region's gems: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sit back and relax as your driver skilfully transports you from one location to the next. Once at each sight, take your own time to discover the ancient Roman ruins at your own pace. Begin your tour by heading to Herculaneum. Here, take some free time to walk around the impressive ruins. Marvel at the ancient thermal baths or the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Then, at the scheduled time, meet your driver to travel to your next sight: the archeological site of Pompeii. Upon arrival, enjoy 3 hours of free time to discover the ancient remains, temples, and villas at your own pace. The historic town was covered in volcanic ash during Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Finally, meet your driver and return back to your hotel in Naples.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum Guided Tour with easy Lunch

9. From Sorrento: Herculaneum Guided Tour with easy Lunch

Enjoy views of the Italian countryside as you travel with your guide to one of the ancient cities buried from a volcanic disaster and preserved in time. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Herculaneum, where the preserved ancient city holds some of the original organic objects of its era from before AD 79. Learn about the history of the city from your specialized guide. See the food, wooden beds, doors and houses, and other almost completely preserved objects during your guided tour. Learn about how the city was uncovered in the 18th century, and how it was a precursor to the discovery of Pompeii by decades. Stop and enjoy the views of a typical vineyard in Italy, along with lunch overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Once the tour and dining are over, relax on your complementary drive back to your accommodation in Sorrento. Please note: tour in German language available on Tuesdays only.

Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

10. Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum on a 2-hour private tour with an archeologist guide. Known as the sister to Pompeii, the town was buried following a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Get a glimpse into the private lives of Romans and see amazingly well-preserved wooden objects, paintings, and mosaics. While Pompeii was covered in 4-5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud about 20 meters deep buried Herculaneum, created a better-preserved site. See many of the highlights, including the Forum, the House of the Black Saloon, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus, and the beach where hundreds of skeletons of the victims were discovered.

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La visita è stata molto interessante, sia perché la bellezza del sito archeologico ci ha colti impreparati sia perché la guida Maria Laura ci ha fatto appassionare alla storia di Ercolano e alle bellissime rovine. Estremamente consigliato il tour e complimenti alla guida per la professionalità e la passione nella spiegazione.

Raffaele was a fantastic guide, sharing interesting history and facts about the town as well as showing us some of the best examples of the Herculaneum preservation. We had a great time - thanks!

From our warm welcome from Roberto to the very interesting tour, this is a fabulous day spent exploring. Miguel was knowledgeable and gave us great insight into these archeological treasures

Amazing place to visit. So much to see and enjoy. We had an audio guide which was easy to use and very informative.

Excellent tour. Archaeologist was wonderful & very knowledgeable. Glad we booked