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Pompeii, Herculaneum & Naples: 3-Day City Pass

1. Pompeii, Herculaneum & Naples: 3-Day City Pass

Purchase the Naples & Campania Artecard for access to over 40 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including Ruins of Pompei, Herculaneum, the Catacombs of Saint Gennaro and Saint Gaudioso, National Archaeological Museum, MADRE, Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte, Royal Palace of Naples, The Bourbon Tunnel, Castel Sant'Elmo, Certosa of San Martino, Royal Palace of Caserta, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Capua. Enjoy free admission to 2 museums or sites and discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. Explore the city as you travel for free on the Naples & Campania regional public transportation network (UnicoCampania public transport system).

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Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

2. 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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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.

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Herculaneum: 2-Hour Private Tour of the Ruins

4. Herculaneum: 2-Hour Private Tour of the Ruins

See the ruins of Herculaneum, the smaller, but no less impressive, sister of Pompeii, frozen in time by the same devastating volcanic eruption of August 24th 79 AD. Left buried under the rubble of ash until the 1700s, its discovery stunned the world. All of the ancient town lies at the bottom of an archaeological hole, about 75 feet deep. Getting closer, see the area of the marina where 300 human skeletons were found along with a boat (on display at weekends). Discover the garden of the “House of the Albergo,” where quince trees have been replanted following evidence of carbonized roots of the ancient fruit tree. Your next stop will be the Council Hall of the Augustali, where beautiful frescoes depict Hercules. Visit the mosaics in the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, and the neighboring store where food and wine containers, carbonized by the volcano, still hang on the walls. Go to the ancient spa, still covered with mosaics from the Roman saunas, gyms, hot rooms and cold tubs. Finally, see the most spectacular villa of Herculaneum at Villa dei Cervi with its luxurious mosaics, frescoes and statues.

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Herculaneum Private Tour With an Expert Guide

5. Herculaneum Private Tour With an Expert Guide

Book this 3-hour private tour to discover the fascinating archaeological site of Herculaneum with a dedicated private guide. Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were discovered in recent years along the seashore.  You'll see the Northern Cardo (road oriented north-south), the House of the Skeleton, Thermopolium (restaurant), Men's Thermal Bath, Temple of Augustali, Forum (main square), House of the Black Saloon, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, House of Bel Cortile, the Samnite House, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Gym, the Home of the Bucks, the Marina gate, terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus and the beach where the skeletons of the victims of the eruption were discovered.

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Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Private Walking Tour

6. Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Private Walking Tour

A walk in Pompeii is an experience unlike any other; the city still feels as lively as ever. Learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived with a tour of all the most important public buildings and private houses. Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii was covered in 4 to 5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud 20 meters thick buried Herculaneum. Second storeys, carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings and mosaics are still fully visible. The city comes back to life with your guide's explanations. The tour of Pompeii lasts 2 hours and includes a detailed look at the western part of the ancient town, the location of the most important public buildings, homes and shops.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour

7. Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour

See Pompeii and Herculaneum, two important archaeological sites discovered and excavated in the 18th Century, that tell the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Begin the tour by meeting the guide at the set meeting point in Sorrento. Travel by coach to the town of Pompeii first. See the famous town of Pompeii, where victims of the eruption were covered by ash and their last moments preserved. Explore the ruins of Pompeii and hear about its history, and see its surviving buildings. Walk through the site and learn about Pompeii's history of commerce. Take a guided tour through the site for two hours and see the most important sights. Enjoy a light lunch between the site visits, and then travel to Herculaneum. Learn about this town, once a fishing community that by the time of the eruption was becoming a fashionable holiday resort town. Compare building techniques and lifestyle with what was seen in Pompeii, and learn about how the eruption affected Herculaneum, which was buried by mud and lava rather than ash. Hear information about the site from the guide and be led through the site for two hours. Return to the coach to be driven back to Sorrento in the afternoon.

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Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

8. Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

Travel to the entrance of the Herculaneum ruins on a shuttle bus service from central Naples. Enter the archeological site without delay with your skip-the-line ticket. Spend the day exploring the city that was covered with mud and lava during the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Walk past the buildings of the ancient Roman town destroyed by the eruption. See intact wooden structures that were dwellings with expensive furnishings and ornamentation. Beyond the beautiful villas of Herculaneum, visit important public buildings and the thermal baths as well. Take your time as you explore and discover the history, heritage, and beauty of the city.

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Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

9. Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

Explore the beautiful ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a private 5-hour tour with a licensed guide. This experience will take you on a trip back in time where you’ll see how these two towns were affected by the Vesuvius eruption in their own ways. Thanks to the historical and archeological background of your guide, the stories and facts will bring the cities back to life. If you feel like changing the route a bit, that's no problem—everything can be customized. Your historical journey starts at the Pompeii’s train station where your guide will wait for you. As soon as you set foot in the remains of this city, you’ll be transported to another era. Feel the history as you visit the theater, the sacred area, and a brothel with signs and symbols all around. See the preservation techniques in all its splendor with the plastered casts of some of the victims. Herculaneum offers a different sight to its visitors. Here, you have a panoramic view of the city and its ruins and remains due to how different the eruption and ashes reached the town. See the contrasts between these two cursed cities and how different they were affected by the eruption. While in Pompeii you see more of the public areas, in Herculaneum you have an intimate look into the lives of the people that used to live here. Check out an ancient shore, a private house, a bakery, and more.

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From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

10. 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 privileged entrance access (not included) and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Invaded with hot volcanic mud during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompei possessing an extraordinary density of fine houses with, for example, far more lavish use of colored marble cladding. The 20 mar deep pyroclastic material which invaded Herculaneum, preserved wooden and other organic-based objects and 300 skeletons were discovered along what was once the seashore (all artifacts are now in Naples Museum). Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains buried under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

Wowza!! I’m so glad that I booked a private guide and toured these two wonderful sites off season. My guide was Michele. He was awesome and made the visit spectacular. We spent around five hours together exploring both sites and I really appreciated Michele’s thoroughness and knowledge of the subject matter. So happy to have gone with a guide vs try to figure it all out on my own.

I liked everything very much. An unforgettable experience. An excellent audio guide. Convenient to get there by bus and train. In the beginning, the construction crane, which hangs over Pompeii, interfered with the atmosphere, but at the end of the excursion, it was he who suggested that even after 2000 years , life on the slopes of Vesuvius continues.

It is a very good saving option and it makes it easier for you not to have to buy tickets or tickets, POMPEII and HERCULANO for free and all the transport of metro, bus, discount in museums etc ...

Pompei was very interesting, the catacombs of San Gennaro were also impressive! With the ARTEcard we could use the metro and all trains, that was very practical!

Pass very suitable for means of transport (train, bus, metro) plus entry to museums or sites. economical and practical