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Archaeological Site of Herculaneum

Archaeological Site of Herculaneum: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

3. Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Meet your private guide at Herculaneum for a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site. Herculaneum was located closer to Vesuvius than Pompeii, and was buried deeper by the lava, which better preserved the architecture. Admire the colorful murals and other artwork of the homes of wealthy nobles, which are reminders that Herculaneum was also richer than Pompeii. Learn about ancient Roman culture as your guide utilizes the ruins to paint a vivid picture of life during that time. Bring the whole family on this private tour, as its flexible structure makes it ideal for families with children.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

4. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

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: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

7. 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.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

8. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

10. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Following your tour pickup, you will make your way south to explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stroll through the streets of the Roman city of Pompeii and check the numerous different UNESCO archaeological sites, such as the Herculaneum. Both archaeological sites feature the excavated ruins of alleyways and homes where you are free to explore. These locations are also fascinating in that archaeologists are still continuing to unearth the remains of a place forever locked in time. Following your exploration of the ruins, drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii 2,000 years ago. You can stop to enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples from the top, as you enjoy a delicious lunch. If you are a hiking and history lover, this Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius tour is all you need.

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What people are saying about Archaeological Site of Herculaneum

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Very organized. Maria is excellent at keeping group together and very knowledgeable. I felt maybe she was a little overstretch as our group was Italian and English speaking, so she had to say everything twice, but she handled with grace. Herculaneum was better for me and I did feel a little rushed through there. All in all ways excellent .

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and answered many questions. Good value for money. They were a little late for pick up but coach was comfortable. Only issue was we had to pay taxi to take us to pick up point and then it drove to our hotel to collect over people. Rather annoying!

Fantastic tour. Really fascinating places to visit and Michele the guide was full of knowledge and experience. The day flew by so quickly we were all so engrossed. Very highly recommended and excellent value for money.

The tour delivered what had been promised. The driver was punctual and helpful. Vesuvius and Herculaneum were worth the visit.

The site is easy to navigate. The exhibits on display are well documented and informative. An excellent half day activity.