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Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

1. 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.

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Naples and Pompeii Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. Naples and Pompeii Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Pompeii and Naples, starting with an exploration of the historic heart of Naples. Departing from the port of Da Mole Beverello, go to the city’s most famous highlights, including the Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, and Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. See the colonnades and porticoes of the San Carlo Opera House, the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in Europe. Marvel at the glass ceiling of the Galleria Umberto I shopping arcade, and the imposing castle of Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo). Then, travel across the fertile valley of Mt. Vesuvius, passing Ercolano, Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata en route to Pompeii. After a break for lunch, explore the archaeological excavations with a local guide. Listen to the tragic tale of how Pompeii was buried beneath the ashes of Vesuvius after it erupted in 79 AD. See all the highlights of the discoveries so far made to build a picture of everyday life in the Imperial Age. Imagine the panic felt in those last few minutes before the city was buried for centuries, and see remarkably intact ruins, such as mosaics, cooking implements, and even the casts of pets and humans in the exact poses they died.

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

3. 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

4. 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

I do highly recommend to do this tour. The comparison between both places on the same day is very enlightening. I certainly had the feeling that I had seen enough, i.e. the most important parts of both places. I'm sure one could spend more time in Pompeji, which is much larger, but I don't think I have missed anything important. I was fully satisfied - and I'm a history buff!

Michele was great very knowledgeable and very friendly! He made this experience fantastic! We learned a lot about Pompei and Herculaneum and we highly recommend this tour! We were also given a quick break in between to eat and rest and move along to the next site.

The trip was fantastically organised and the guide was brilliant and incredibly knowledgeable. Lots of walking so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Great tour with loads to see! Our guide Michele was incredibly knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm! Highly recommended!

Diego was a passionate student of archeology and made the entire tour interesting and enjoyable.