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Tickets for Herculaneum: Priority Entrance

History at the foot of Mount Vesuvius

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Opening hours
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
08:30 - 19:30
  • 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, 80056, 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.

Sep 24, 2018
Far better than Pompeii, More detail, skeleton caves fantastic. Easier to navigate round. Cafes just opposite are reasonably priced - don’t visit ones by the station as they include charges they don’t tell you about until you get the bill.
Sep 22, 2018
Very easy to use
Sep 18, 2018
Give it plenty of time. It may be smaller than Pompeii, but it has much more to see.
Sep 17, 2018
Minimal information outside boat museum, audioguide recommended, otherwise excellent
Sep 17, 2018
Spent five hours.... well worth paying for an audio guide.
Sep 16, 2018
Amazing place. Definitely worth getting priority booking as the que was really long! it was confusing trying to get through the que as all the signs were in the building, and the que extended out of the building. Amazing place, definitely worth a visit!
Sep 15, 2018
Herculaneum really is a wonderful place to visit! The skip the line tickets worked well even tho the line wasn't particularly long.
Sep 11, 2018
It just so happened that there were no crowds when we arrived, but we sailed straight in resgardless. Very reassuring to know that we wouldn’t be wasting time queuing.
Sep 8, 2018
Interesting site and very easy to walk round. Easy to get to by train from Naples or Sorrento
Sep 6, 2018
Amazing, more than I expected.

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