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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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Priority Entrance
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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.

Jul 18, 2018
Highly recommended
Jul 9, 2018
Simple and easy using the coach entrance. Check wiki for details on under ground car park. Very handy.
Jul 7, 2018
Herculaneum was fantastic. The line up when we arrived was not long, so it was easy to get in. The Archeological site is incredible, and there are guides you can hire at the entrance. We chose not to as we had previous knowledge of the site. There were also staff in many of the houses who were happy to give information. This is a must see place, and for us, a second or third visit needs to be on the "bucket" list.
Jul 3, 2018
Great alternative to Pompei, which we heard was huge and overcrowded. This was definitely doable in 3 hours and easy to find from the train station.
Jul 1, 2018
The tickets are cheaper than booking skip the line when in Italy. Very convenient
Jun 28, 2018
Great - showed and got paper tickets and went straight in
Jun 17, 2018
Worth the visit. Quieter alternative to Pompeii. The mosaics are spectacular!
Jun 14, 2018
Excellent service. Though when we visited there wasn’t a line. But half an hour later 3 coaches had arrived so you never know! Herculaneum is wonderful. Far smaller than Pompeii but better preserved and somehow closer.
May 27, 2018
Very very good would recommend everyone to visit
May 21, 2018
Very easy , time saver, super convenient

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