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  • Address: Via Luigi Palmieri, 173, Naples, Italy
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Herculaneum Tours

The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum (Ercolano) live in the shadow of their more famous neighbor, Pompeii. But many enthusiasts consider this smaller archaeological site—one of Italy’s most important UNESCO-listed spots—to be equally interesting and engaging. 

The Basics
Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was buried by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was preserved rather than destroyed by the blast, so many of the original Roman buildings are still standing—including a few that have an intact second story—giving visitors a more accurate feel for what the city looked like before the eruption. The volcanic ash and mud that covered Herculaneum sealed frescoes and mosaics decorating the homes and baths, protected wooden furniture, and even encased food in household kitchens. Today, the modern city of Ercolano sits above sections of the ancient city that haven’t yet been unearthed.

To fully understand the history and importance of the ruins, it’s best to visit Herculaneum as part of a private tour led by an expert tour guide. Herculaneum is an incredibly popular attraction, so tours including skip-the-line tickets are a must in the busy summer months. As the ruins are located near Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, all three sights can easily be combined in a single full-day tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Herculaneum is a must-see for ancient history buffs.
  • Kids especially enjoy exploring the Herculaneum ruins—choose a tour with an expert guide who is adept at engaging the whole family.
  • Almost all of the remains of the ancient town are outdoors, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen in summer, as well as comfortable shoes.
  • Most of the archaeological site at Herculaneum is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Herculaneum is located just north of Naples along the Bay of Naples. It’s centrally located for an easy day tour or shore excursion from Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and even Rome.

When to Get There
The archaeological site is almost entirely outdoors, so is best to avoid visiting on the hot days. In summer, visit in early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday heat.

Choosing Herculaneum over Pompeii
Where much of Pompeii is off-limits to visitors due to the dangerous instability of the structures, almost all of Herculaneum is open to the public, and you can walk into many of the ancient Roman town’s buildings. The experience is eerie and poignant, as it can feel as though the owners have just stepped out for the moment rather than having died in an volcanic eruption two millennia ago.

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Skip-the-Line Herculaneum Ruins Ticket, Naples, null
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Skip-the-Line Herculaneum Ruins Ticket

Buy your entrance tickets for the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and skip the line.  Discover the highlights of the ruins of Herculaneum, a pearl ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 1 to 6 hrs

From USD $16.05
Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive, Campania, ... 
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Herculaneum Private Guided Tour Led by a Local Top-rated Guide - All inclusive

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a 2.5-hour private walking tour of Herculaneum led by a top-rated local guide. This ancient town is the site of excavated ruins that provides a rare ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.69
Day Trip to Herchulaneum Ruins, Naples, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Herchulaneum Ruins

Enjoy your day trip to Herculaneum Ruins by shuttle bus from Naples city centre, take advantage of your priority entrance to the archaeological site and ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 4 to 8 hrs

From USD $53.50
Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train, Naples, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Ruins of Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples by Train

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Step back in time on a half-day tour of the Ruins of Herculaneum — a fossilized town and UNESCO-listed archaeological site. The victim of an ancient Mt ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $332.88
Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum from Amalfi, Maiori, or Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Half-Day Trip to Herculaneum from Amalfi, Maiori, or Ravello

On this private 4-hour tour, venture to the splendors of Herculaneum: an ancient Roman town that was famously destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $275.81
Private Herculaneum Tour for Kids and Families, Naples, Half-day Tours
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Private Herculaneum Tour for Kids and Families

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience an interactive, 2-hour visit to the Herculaneum with the whole family. Led by a professional guide, explore the highlights of one of the best best ...  Read more

Location: Ercolano, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $398.26
Private Skip-the-Line Tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti, Pompeii, Cultural Tours
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Private Skip-the-Line Tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy this full-day, private tour to the ruins of the ancient cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplonti. Take in the sights with a private guide who will ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.13
Day Trip to Herculaneum Ruins & Mt Vesuvius, Naples, Cultural Tours
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Day Trip to Herculaneum Ruins & Mt Vesuvius

Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum. Enjoy wine tasting before to reach Mount Vesuvius.  Walk up to the crater of the volcano that ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

From USD $58.25
Pompeii and Herculaneum Small group Walking Tour led by an Archaeologist, Naples, Day Trips
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Small group Walking Tour led by an Archaeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour consists in a marvellous walk around of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 a. ...  Read more

Location: Pompei, Italy
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $398.26
Skip-the-lines private tour of Ancient Herculaneum and Volcano Vesuvius with local guide and ... 
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Skip-the-lines private tour of Ancient Herculaneum and Volcano Vesuvius with local guide and driver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This full day tour includes a visit to the ruins of the Ancient city of Herculaneum - a city that has been covered and buried by the lava and ashes ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.23

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