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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. 

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Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

2. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

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Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

3. Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum on a 2-hour private tour with an archeologist guide. Known as the sister to Pompeii, the town was buried following a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Get a glimpse into the private lives of Romans and see amazingly well-preserved wooden objects, paintings, and mosaics. While Pompeii was covered in 4-5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud about 20 meters deep buried Herculaneum, created a better-preserved site. See many of the highlights, including the Forum, the House of the Black Saloon, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus, and the beach where hundreds of skeletons of the victims were discovered.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum: Private Tour with Transportation

4. Pompeii and Herculaneum: Private Tour with Transportation

This tour consists in a marvelous walk around of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. On this tour you'll be able to see all the major highlights. A walk in Pompeii is a very intense experience; you'll have the feeling of wandering in a town that is still alive. Learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived and see all the most important public buildings and private houses on a walking tour. Highlights include the Marina gate, the basilica, the forum, the forum baths, the lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the house of Tragic Poet and the plaster casts. Stop for lunch in a typical restaurant, winery or pizzeria. Then go to Herculaneum for another private guided tour. Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii was covered in four to five meters of ashes, a landslide of 20-meter deep mud buried Herculaneum.  Carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings and mosaics are still preserved and the city will come to life with a two-hour tour by your guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more then 300 skeletons were found, the thermal baths, the forum, the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite house, the gymnasium, the house of the Dears and much more.

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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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From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

6. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

Embark on a day trip from Naples and discover two of the Campania Region's gems: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sit back and relax as your driver skilfully transports you from one location to the next. Once at each sight, take your own time to discover the ancient Roman ruins at your own pace. Begin your tour by heading to Herculaneum. Here, take some free time to walk around the impressive ruins. Marvel at the ancient thermal baths or the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Then, at the scheduled time, meet your driver to travel to your next sight: the archeological site of Pompeii. Upon arrival, enjoy 3 hours of free time to discover the ancient remains, temples, and villas at your own pace. The historic town was covered in volcanic ash during Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Finally, meet your driver and return back to your hotel in Naples.

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From Naples: 2-Hour Herculaneum Kid-Friendly Tour

7. From Naples: 2-Hour Herculaneum Kid-Friendly Tour

This tour is designed for capturing the attention of the kids and guiding them through the discovery of Herculaneum, one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world. Everything is well-preserved and the kids can walk around the town, enter houses, temples, theater and truly feel what it was like to live in Roman times. Your guide will focus on the their needs and attention and, with the use of tablets, reconstructions and multimedia material, they will surely have the best Herculaneum experience ever. This is a walking tour, no transportation will be included. Visit the Northern Cardo (road oriented north-south), the House of the Skeleton, thermopolium (restaurant food), men's thermal bath, the 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 hundreds of skeletons of the victims of the eruption were discovered.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour

8. 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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From Naples: Day Trip to Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

9. From Naples: Day Trip to Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

Explore the fascinating site where the city of Herculaneum was destroyed by the erupting Mt. Vesuvius. Climb to the top of this famous volcano and face the deep crater with a volcanologist. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Naples. Begin this full day tour with pickup at your hotel in Naples. Listen as your driver takes you up to the amazing National Park of Mt Vesuvius. Admire the vista of Naples Bay. At 1,000 meters high, begin your trekking path up to the crater of the volcano. Learn more about local geology from your driver, a volcano expert. Head to the famous archaeological ruins of Herculaneum. After your driver drops you off at the main entrance. You will have 2,5 hours free time to explore the historical site at your leisure. Learn about the loves of the city's original inhabitants. Then relax as you head back to your hotel in Naples.

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Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

10. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a small-group tour (a maximum of 15 people) in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. In 4 hours, you'll be able to see the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station or the port. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the cruise ship terminal or the train station in time for your onward departure.

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What people are saying about House of Skeletons

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Our driver, Francesco, and the archeologist, Diego, who was our guide, were both fantastic: very polite and always on time, with an excellent sense of humour. I'll never forget our visit and the vivid as well as entertaining, at the same time scholarly descriptions of ancient culture. Thank you, Francesco and Diego!

easy to find and enter. the audio guide is informative but I should have planned my route better through the ruins to follow it in order

Just had to exchange my e-voucher for tickets. Was fast and easy. Great experience with Get your Guide!

Very nice and beautiful. Smaller than Pompeji and not so many people

It was very rewarding. However, the audioguides are not up to date.