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Ruins of Herculaneum
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Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Ercolano
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was frozen in time when rivers of hot mud flowed down its streets from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We travelled here from Naples by train, really cheap and recommended. You do not need a guided tour, really expensive. Grab a free booklet from info and wander yourself. It is not too big, unlike Pompeii, so you manage to navigate yourself around. Definitely as good as Pompeii if not better. Far better preserved as you would expect. A great morning of afternoon.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Although it was a small town and it doesn't have public buildings and amphitheatres like pompeii (or they haven't been excavated yet), Herculaneum is a great place to visit. The preservation is amazing and you can really imagine what life must have been like. It is mostly devoid of tour groups and is much smaller and more manageable than pompeii so you can really go into detail. I should imagine that because of its size and the level of preservation, it would be a good place to take kids as they would really be able to get to grips with it all. They provide a map and guide book which wee found to be fine for getting around, or you can rent an audio guide if you would like.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

A smaller site than Pompeii, but very interesting and attractive with taller buildings and well conserved frescoes and temples. The same price as Pompeii ruins but with no guide included. Still well worth visiting.

Thank Gazmend G
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Herculaneum is an excellent site to visit, being smaller and better preserved than Pompeii. That said, I'd certainly recommend visiting both: they have different sites to see. We didn't bother with a guide here, having had one at Pompeii which gave us enough context to be able to understand the city. There's also an app online which can provide an audio guide, however we didn't find that very useful.

Thank Travinport
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

This site I preferred to Pompeii as it is more preserved than Pompeii offering more of a look at frescoes and beautiful houses.
The town is a lot smaller than Pompeii and only 25% has been uncovered due to surrounding buildings. Herculaneum was also a wealthier town than Pompeii so more extravagance of the houses can be found. It is in fact so we'll preserved you can still see wood!
The only thing I would say is that you should either eat before you go or bring your own food as unlike Pompeii there are only vending machines for food and beverages here with limited seating space.
All in all a very enjoyable visit.

Thank tamtravel2014
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