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  • Address: Via Luigi Palmieri, 173, Naples, Italy
  • Admission: Admission: 11 EUR
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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Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train, Naples, null
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Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train

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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 $49.51
Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive, Campania, Private ... 
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Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive

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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 provide a rare ...  Read more

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

From USD $147.40
Half-Day Tour to Herculaneum, Amalfi Coast, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Tour to Herculaneum

This half day tour allows people to visit the archaeological site of Ercolano, traveling in a very comfortable way, thanks to our Mercedes vehicles.

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

From USD $239.95
Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch, Sorrento, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

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Visit the fascinating archeological ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this leisurely paced day trip from Sorrento. Hear about the infamous eruption of Mt ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.69
Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples, Naples, Cultural Tours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

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Visit the ruins of two fossilized ancient towns – Pompeii and Herculaneum – in one day on this must-do tour from Naples! After exploring ...  Read more

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

From USD $102.84
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

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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 $50.28
Herculaneum and Pompeii Tour from Sorrento, Sorrento, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Herculaneum and Pompeii Tour from Sorrento

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If you are a history lover, you cannot miss a full day excursion to discover the archaeological cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum escorted by a ...  Read more

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

From USD $63.99
Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour, Sorrento, Archaeology Tours
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Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour

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This will be your best opportunity to meet and understand the Roman Empire, you will see an entire roman city as it was more than 2000 years ago, you will walk ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $97.12
Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento, Sorrento, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento

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Be transported back in time on this 4-hour tour of Herculaneum Archeological Site from Sorrento. Visit the well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum with an expert ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.99
Pompeii and Herculaneum from Amalfi Coast, Amalfi Coast, Half-day Tours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum from Amalfi Coast

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The perfect tour for archaeology lovers: a full day exploring the two roman cities buried in 79 b.C.: Pompeii, the commercial city, and Herculaneum, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.13

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