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Tickets for Herculaneum

History at the foot of Mount Vesuvius

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Overview
Opening hours
1 Nov - 31 Mar: 08:30 - 17:00, 1 Apr - 31 Oct: 08:30 - 19:30. Last admission 90 minutes prior to closing time.
Highlights
  • Explore Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town that was better preserved than Pompeii after Mount Vesuvius's eruption in 79 AD
  • Walk among ancient villas, tavernas, and bathhouses and see clothes and furniture kept intact by the volcanic eruption
  • Escape the modern cities and take a historical day trip from either Rome, Naples or Sorrento
Description

If big-budget sword-and-sandal flick Pompeii got you hot and flustered, prepare for Herculaneum - an ancient Roman town that has, most unfairly, been overshadowed by Pompeii's fame. Herculaneum is, in fact, more interesting, better preserved and far easier to navigate. See clothing, mosaics, and frescoes in their near-perfect Roman glory and imagine life before Vesuvius's eruption in 79 AD.

When Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was quickly buried in ash. Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian), being upwind, was destroyed over 12 hours later when a 400° C blast of searing ash, pumice, rock and volcanic gas struck at over 100 km/h, essentially pausing the town in that moment.

See the old arena, as big as a city block, and The Palestra (Main Hall) which was home to a giant statue of Hercules, hence the town's name. If you explore with an audio guide (€8) you'll get a great sense of the history.

A modern-day visit to Herculaneum puts you in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius, in a town that was wealthier than Pompeii and better preserved. And that wealth is on full display here: in the marble of the bathhouses, in the furniture, even in the items of clothing that were all kept intact, thanks to the volcanic ash and debris which coated it all, acting like a magic time-freezer.

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Smartphone tickets accepted
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  • Access to Herculaneum
Instructions

Swap your smartphone ticket for a paper ticket at the box office.

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Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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Herculaneum
Corso Resina 1, 80056 Ercolano NA, Naples
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

Opening Hours

  • From 1 November to 31 March: 08:30 - 17:00
  • From 1 April to 31 October: 08:30 - 19:30
  • Last admission 90 minutes before closing

Getting There

Take the train from Rome Termini Station, which will take 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, it's a 10-minute walk to the venue.

Reviews
Maureen, United Kingdom
Sep 14, 2017
Good driver. Friendly. Clear information and enough time to visit each site. Very pleased
Iain, United Kingdom
Sep 9, 2017
Amazing experience... easier to navigate than Pompeii and easier to envisage.
Kerry, United Kingdom
Sep 7, 2017
Good idea to organise tickets prior to holiday. There is no advertised desk/office to go to in order to skip the line - I asked at the info desk who advised me to go straight to the front of the queue - there are two windows so I stood at the empty window where someone served me promptly - some people may not feel comfortable at doing this - but it didn't cause any problems.
Eric, United Kingdom
Sep 6, 2017
An absolute must to visit.Easy to get to by train from Sorrento or Naples.
The free map and guide are excellent.
Spend at least 4 hours there to fully appreciate this wonder.
Andrew, United Kingdom
Sep 1, 2017
Such a fascinating day out and no need to queue to get in. Recommend Tiqets.
Anonymous
Aug 27, 2017
Great way to purchase tickets. Very quick and easy.
Sacri, Ireland
Aug 23, 2017
Very good service. It's worth it!
David, United Kingdom
Aug 21, 2017
Had to literally push in in front of the queue to collect our tickets which was embarassing but apparently this is what you do for skip the line but it saved about 20 minutes on a quiet day
Rhiannon Louise
Aug 21, 2017
It was a really good experience with going and having a look. Similar to Pompeii but as everyone says it's better preserved and much smaller so you can get around it in a couple of hours.
The Skip the Line que wasn't clearly marked so we ended up waiting in the normal que which was quite a wait in the heat. It's worth the skip the que if you can find someone to ask to skip the line.
Alison, United Kingdom
Aug 18, 2017
Just walked straight in, staff were very helpful.

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