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Tickets for Herculaneum: Priority Entrance

History at the foot of Mount Vesuvius

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Opening hours
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
  • 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

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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  • Access to Herculaneum

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Corso Resina 1, 80056 Ercolano NA, Naples
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Wheelchair accessible
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Getting There

Take the Circumvesuviana train at Naples Garibaldi station and get off at Ercolano Scavi

Oct 24, 2017
I booked tickets for herculaneum the night before i went, and got the eticket right away after i purchased it. The ticket worked totally fine at the main entrance.
Oct 8, 2017
Very interesting site. But my wife and I felt sad about the hordes of tourists taking photos of skeletons. Should show more respect. A maze to get around even with a map.glad we went when it was cooler. Wear good shoes! Old cobbled streets..
Sep 23, 2017
Quick entry, price includes head phones which are worth using and well done. Better organised than Pompeii.
Sep 14, 2017
Good driver. Friendly. Clear information and enough time to visit each site. Very pleased
Sep 9, 2017
Amazing experience... easier to navigate than Pompeii and easier to envisage.
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.
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.
Sep 1, 2017
Such a fascinating day out and no need to queue to get in. Recommend Tiqets.
Aug 27, 2017
Great way to purchase tickets. Very quick and easy.
Aug 23, 2017
Very good service. It's worth it!

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