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Ruins of Herculaneum

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Address: 80056 Ercolano, Italy
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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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Pompei v's Herculaneum....

There are mixed views about which site is the favourite, but for us, we preferred Herculaneum. It was a much smaller site then Pompei, and was steeped in history. The ruins are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are mixed views about which site is the favourite, but for us, we preferred Herculaneum. It was a much smaller site then Pompei, and was steeped in history. The ruins are a short walk downhill from the station and when you are in the actual site it is very still and peaceful, despite the surrounding town and houses overlooking... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Scavi de Pompeii in the morning then Scavi de Ercolano in the afternoon. You start by walking down the the beachfront of 2000 years ago - 83 ft below the surface! Then you walk through an ancient town with original preserved wood! The mosaics and frescos are amazing. Standing on the streets you can easily imagine the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here after having visited Pompei the day before and I must say I prefer Herculeneum. It's a far more manageable size and personally I think it gives a more detailed image of life pre Vesuvius eruption. The site is quite hilly and very rough terrain so don't forget your walking books! There is no cafe on site but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! We came to Napoli for a Vesuvius and Pompeii visit, but heard about Herculaneum just few weeks ago on a BBC TV programme, and so decided to get a multi day pass to multiple sites. (5 sites on 3 days) Herculaneum was much more interesting then Pompeii, (not to say that wasn't amazing), but Herculaneum had more emotion and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I preferred visiting Herculaneum to Pompeii! The ruins are much better preserved and it was a much more manageable site to walk around. It was a blistering hot day with very little shade - make sure you carry plenty of water round with you! I was fascinated by how some of the places had hardly deteriorated and that Herculaneum is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely one to hit early we got here just after 9am as we guessed that this place would prove very popular amongst tourists . I would advise caution to older people visiting as some of the terrain e.g pathways and cobbles could prove a bit chancey especially if it turns wet . This attraction requires a good minimum half a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Herculaneum is a site which is a must see. Compact in size compared to Pompeii. The train station is called Ercolano, when you exit the train it is a straight walk down the street to Herculaneum. Be prepared to be bombarded by restaurant staff asking you to eat in their restaurant. They will also remember on the way back to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In my opinion, better than pompei, smaller and more compact, far better preserved, more accessible. The immediate area surrounding is a little rough, but don't be put off. The whole site is fantasticly preserved, and in places is like walking back in time over 2000 years. I won't go into the science of why it is better preserved, this will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pompeii was burned by the Vesuvius eruption but Herculaneum was buried in Ash and mud. There is so much more intact here than at Pompeii and it is smaller. The art that survived​ is stunningly vivid and if you can gain access to the central plaza, usually locked, your will just say "wow". Apparently "wow" is universal because the staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Much smaller than Pompeii and actually different in terms of how it has been preserved. The mural colours are a lot more vivid. Even the structure especially the charred timber beam and staircase can still be seen. The skeletons remains found at what used to be the harbour at Herculaneum is a reminder of the suffering these people endured during... More 

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