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Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

1. Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food and even 300 skeletons! Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

Herculaneum: Augmented Reality Walking Tour

2. Herculaneum: Augmented Reality Walking Tour

Wear your Augmented Reality smart glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive walking tour at the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Travel back to 79 AC and see what Herculaneum's squares and houses looked like before being destroyed in a volcanic eruption. Meet your tour leader at Herculaneum main entrance and get kitted out with your glasses before listening to a quick introduction to how to use them. Then, begin your tour which has been designed by an archaeologist team to show you what life was like in Herculaneum before the eruption. The software of the glasses creates holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing what the most significant temples, houses, and buildings originally looked like. Cast yourself into the bygone age of ancient life in Herculaneum, walking through the city to feel like a Roman.

Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

3. Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Meet your private guide at Herculaneum for a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site. Herculaneum was located closer to Vesuvius than Pompeii, and was buried deeper by the lava, which better preserved the architecture. Admire the colorful murals and other artwork of the homes of wealthy nobles, which are reminders that Herculaneum was also richer than Pompeii. Learn about ancient Roman culture as your guide utilizes the ruins to paint a vivid picture of life during that time. Bring the whole family on this private tour, as its flexible structure makes it ideal for families with children.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

4. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

5. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

6. Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

This tour consists of a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Your tour will be conducted in English, and will cater only to a small group with a maximum of 15 people. During the infamous eruption, Pompeii and its inhabitants were buried by tons of pumice and volcanic ash, which preserved many things and materials in amazing conditions. Following your tour in Pompeii, you will have time to grab some lunch, or to stroll through the souvenir shops outside the ruins. Afterwards, take the Circumesuviana train leading to Ercolano (a 20 minute trip), where you will start your walk through the ruins. There, discover that Herculaneum is much smaller, but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii had been covered in four meters of ashes, an avalanche of mud 20 meters thick had buried Herculaneum. Second floors of the buildings, carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics are still preserved and on display. The site gives a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle which was enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Roman Empire.

From Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. From Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

This full-day tour of the World Heritage Sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum begins with a pick-up at your hotel in Naples and a transfer by bus to the ruins at Pompeii. There will be a tour assistant on the bus during this part of the excursion. On arriving in Pompeii you’ll meet your guide and then explore the ruins for around 2 hours. Your guide will show you the traditions and daily life of ancient Pompeii. You’ll see the large theater, the necropolis, the thermal baths, and some of the amazing houses that were owned by the richest residents. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to Herculaneum where you’ll have the chance to explore the ruins on your own. It’s possible to observe the daily life of the population here in even more detail than in Pompeii, as the mud and volcanic debris that covered the city preserved the structures and artifacts of Herculaneum incredibly well.

Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

8. Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide and begin a 2-hour guided visit of the ruins of the town. Discover the city which has been well-preserved after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn how the archaeological site was first discovered in the 18th century and became one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. See some of the notable landmarks of the town including the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, and the house with the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Explore the ruins of the town and get a sense of the daily life of Roman citizens.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

10. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes, and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public thermal baths that can still be seen today.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,323 reviews

Our driver Francesco was great and the pick ups and drop offs /meeting points were very good. It was brilliant to have Michele the archeologist who has worked on both sites. He was an excellent guide full of terriffic anecdotes and the whole trip was fabulous. We have very many happy memories. It was nice to be in a small group of historical and cultural enthusiasts.

We were on a cruise, so our time was limited. We were able to see 3 different attractions (most cruise people only saw 1 or 2) in the comfort of a nice air conditioned car. With an excellent driver in the crazy city of Naples. Our driver was very intelligent and knowledgeable on everything Italian! They provided a great guide in Pompei and Herculaneum

We loved our private tour with Giulia. She was very knowledgeable, and engaging, and we loved her sense of humor. We learned so much more than what we would have learned if we had just toured Pompeii and the Herculaneum on our own. We also appreciated the clear and timely communication from the company and Giulia.

Easy to book, started in time, Excellent & passionate guide, very informative- made for a very memorable and worthwhile experience. Thank you sincerely

Carlo was awesome, he guided us at a leisurely pace through the ruins and explained all. We truly appreciated his expertise!