Herculaneum

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Herculaneum is a town that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, famous throughout the world for the archaeological excavations of the ancient Roman city.

Legend has it that the city was founded around 600 BC by Hercules and eventually became an important trading center due to its prime location near the Gulf. The inhabitants of the town worshipped Hercules as also being the founder of the nearby Mount Vesuvius.

In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city, leaving Herculaneum buried under approximately 50-60 feet of volcanic mud and ash. It wasn't until the early 18th century that the city was discovered by a well digger. Originally, Hercules and everybody was thought to have escaped from the town prior to the disaster, but there have been around 300 skeletons discovered during the excavations.

The road to the archaeological excavations up to Torre del Greco is called the Golden Mile due to the splendid villas built alongside it in the eighteenth century.

Many tourists from all over the world come to visit the ruins of Herculaneum, as well as the neighbouring city of Pompeii which was also destroyed by the same Mt. Vesuvius eruption. When entering the ruins, you can see the many fine houses of Herculaneum that consists of lavish coloured mosaics, wall paintings and marble cladding.

The excavations have been included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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Herculaneum small group tour with an archaeologist
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Herculaneum small group tour with an archaeologist

Discover the archeological site of Herculaneum with an expert and find out more about the city's final hours walking among its ruins!

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Herculaneum 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket
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Herculaneum 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Go back in time and explore Herculaneum before the terrible eruption, experience the archeological site with special augmented reality glasses.

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Herculaneum private and personalized tour with a local guide
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Herculaneum private and personalized tour with a local guide

Book this private tour of Herculaneum with a local guide to discover brilliantly preserved ruins, luxury villas, frescoes and mosaics of ancient Roman civilisation.

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Herculaneum private walking tour with an archaeologist-guide
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Herculaneum private walking tour with an archaeologist-guide

Explore the town of Herculaneum on a 2-hour private walking tour with an archaeologist-guide.

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Herculaneum ruins tour with transportation
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Herculaneum ruins tour with transportation

Travel to the Herculaneum ruins by shuttle bus from the centre of Naples. Take advantage of your skip-the-line admission and explore at your own pace.

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Herculaneum guided tour with an archeologist
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Herculaneum guided tour with an archeologist

Walk the cobbled streets of the Herculaneum with an archaeologist, explore intact buildings and admire well-preserved frescoes!

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Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius group tour
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Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius group tour

Leave from Naples to enjoy a full-day tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum guided tour
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Pompeii and Herculaneum guided tour

Join this guided tour to discover two ancient roman towns in a day. Visit the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Book now!

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Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum tour with transportation
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Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum tour with transportation

Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum and walk up to the crater of the volcano that destroyed the town nearly 2,000 years ago.

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Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets to Herculaneum Archaelogical Site
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Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets to Herculaneum Archaelogical Site

Discover the well-preserved Herculaneum's streets, villas, baths, and more, avoiding time-consuming lines for the ticket and make the most of your visit.

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Herculaneum Guided Tour from Naples
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Herculaneum Guided Tour from Naples

Book your tour and get ready to explore the inaugural archaeological site unearthed in the Vesuvian region.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum shore excursion
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Pompeii and Herculaneum shore excursion

Enjoy vivid two-hour walking tours of both Pompeii and Herculaneum with a private guide and transportation from the Port of Naples with your tour booked with Musement.

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Reviews Herculaneum

3/5
Susan, 11 Jun 2024
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Linda, 26 Sept 2023

“It was the lunch that let the trip down. The waiters were slap dash it was almost to much trouble to serve us.and the food was not very good at all. The dessert was sale cake.”

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Darcie, 08 Aug 2023

“Herculaneum as a site was absolutely brilliant: good information around the site, especially compared to Pompeii and a great display of detailed pieces such as murals etc. If it hadn't been for the information around the site being worth reading, I would have abandoned the guide. The information given was often irrelevant, opinion based and frequently of about his own life. If I were to recommend how to improve this experience, ask customers to load the wiki page before starting”

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Bethan, 20 Apr 2023

“I found the location beautiful and the guide friendly, however, miss lead members of the group, could keep up or walk at the pace required. I found that over 60% of the time we were standing waiting and not visiting other sites. Others from the hotel who went on the trip only one day earlier, see and showed far more than what we did.”

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