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Tickets for Herculaneum: Skip The Line

History at the foot of Mount Vesuvius

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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.
  • 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.

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Skip The Line
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  • Skip the line entry to Herculaneum

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

Corso Resina 1, 80056 Ercolano NA, Naples
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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.

Yvonne , United Kingdom
Aug 7, 2017
Unfortunately due to traffic we arrived very late for our tour and had trouble finding the meeting place. However one of the tour guides had come looking for us and quickly unified us with the rest of the group so we didn't miss out.
David, United Kingdom
Aug 7, 2017
Enjoyable. Having already done Pompeii found this was smaller but less personal (some of the buildings were closed which was a real shame) but well kept and in some parts was obviously better preserved. Baths were amazing.
Bring good walking shoes and make sure you have water with you as, unlike Pompeii, there are no filling stations. If you do Pompeii then definitely do Herc.
Please be aware that it's a 10 minute walk from the station straight down the hill and thought the arch at the bottom.
Stephen, United Kingdom
Aug 5, 2017
No hassle at all although you do need I.D if you have a concession ticket. This site is smaller than Pompeii but perhaps even more interesting. I would highly recommend a visit because it is less crowded and well signed.
lesley, United Kingdom
Jul 30, 2017
Amazing place more excellent preserved better than Pompeii you can see a lot more
ian, United Kingdom
Jul 27, 2017
worked as it says, bit messy to set up, but otherwise OK
Jul 26, 2017
Really useful to be able to skip the line, Herculaneum was amazing, there were fewer ruins than there are at Pompeii but there are far fewer people and the ruins are also better preserved in as much that there are more frescos and original beams of wood and bodies than there are at Pompeii.
Jul 26, 2017
It was such a humbling experience to be able to walk in the same streets as those that lived there so long ago. I would definitely recommend getting the audio tour as it really bring each building to life
Marton, Hungary
Jul 20, 2017
It was right Skip The Line experience.
Ray, United Kingdom
Jul 15, 2017
Excellent only waited 2 minutes to get in.
David, United States
Jul 14, 2017
Easy to use, no waiting in line to get your tickets. Everything worked the way it was supposed to.

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