Tickets for Herculaneum: Skip The Line
History at the foot of Mount Vesuvius
- Skip the line and 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 bath houses and see clothes and furniture kept intact by the volcanic eruption
- Escape the modern cities and take a historical daytrip 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. These skip the line tickets get you right in.
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 bath houses, 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.
How to use your tickets
Swap your smartphone ticket for a paper ticket at the box office.
- Skip the line entry to Herculaneum
Good to know
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
Take the train from Rome Termini Station, which will take 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, it's a 10-minute walk to the venue.
However the girl did not seem to have any listed info on who to expect and wrote my details on the back of a piece of paper. Entry was quick and easy. You do have to pay a little more for skip the line but it's worth it knowing you won't have to join a large queue.