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“Hercules, Hercules, Hercules”

Ruins of Herculaneum
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Private Excursion to Herculaneum from Naples or Sorrento
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Ercolano
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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.
Guam, Mariana Islands
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“Hercules, Hercules, Hercules”
Reviewed 8 November 2011

This place is really great!!! Not crowded with a lot of tourists. There are tourists but not as many like at Pompeii. The frescos are very well preserved. We enjoyed Pompeii but if you don't have a lot of time in the area visit Herculaneum. You can do it in a few hours!!!!
It seems to be in the shadow of it's neighboring city and is worth the trip!

Visited November 2011
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“Very nice! Worth a trip!”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

This is definitely recommended! It's smaller than Pompeii and less crowded, but don't let that fool you. It's a gem of a place! The second levels of buildings are better preserved than Pompeii as well as more mosaics and wall-paintings.

Visited October 2011
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Henley on Thames
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“Better than Pompeii”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

Magical and much better preserved than Pompeii, quiet, without all the touts and people trying to sell stuff. Get a guide - makes all the difference.

Visited September 2011
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“Recommend visiting before Pompeii”
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Visited in the afternoon after climbing Vesuvius in the morning. This small site allows you to learn about and digest what life was like in 79 AD. I highly recommend the audio guide. You are able to learn about architectural features here that you will then see in the vast Pompeii site (scavi).

Visited July 2011
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Maianbar NSW Australia
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“More fun than Pompeii”
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Pompeii is great but don't miss Herculaneum because here there is more preservation and one doesn't have to walk so far. One of our "big whizz tour operators" has said that it doesn't have the big columns of Pompeii - that is misleading, no it doesn't have the Forum but there are still plenty of columns and it is easier for the imagination to see the people moving around the streets and buildings. I was also there in 2005 sadly the same year they closed the really good cafe that was there - so if you feel the need of a drink and snack in comfort have it in an Ercolano coffee shop opposite the main gate before you go into ruins complex. The bathroom facilites at the ticket office were out of order. The information clerk was more interested in her social phone call than dealing with tourists. There are machines where one can buy drinks.

Visited October 2011
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