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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $140.07
Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train, Naples, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 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 $47.05
Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum, Amalfi Coast, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum

On this half-day, 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 $228.02
Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples, Naples, Half-day Tours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

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 $97.72
Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch, Sorrento, Day Trips
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Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

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 $119.44
Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 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 $47.78
Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour, Campania, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Book a private tour of Herculaneum and discover the life at Roman Time. Explore Herculaneum, one of the lesser-known cities buried by Mount Vesuvius in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $162.87
Half-Day Herculaneum Coach Tour, Sorrento, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Herculaneum Coach Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Take a 4-hour trip from Sorrento to see the incredibly well-preserved ancient ruins of Herculanaeum, not far from Pompeii. Travel from Sorrento by coach. After ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.09
Independent Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mt Vesuvius Visit from Naples, Naples, Bus & Minivan Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Independent Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mt Vesuvius Visit from Naples

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Amazing tour to Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius and Herculaneum with private driver and a professional guide (english, french, and spanish) in a very comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $206.30
Private Day Tour: Herculaneum and Wine Tasting, Naples, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Day Tour: Herculaneum and Wine Tasting

Embark on this private day tour complete with a private guide, if option selected, and learn about the ancient ruins of Herculaneum. Stroll the once thriving ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $48.86

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