A lush city suddenly transformed in a thick blanket of ashes and lapilli.
Herculaneum is a historical treasure of humanity. It represents one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world that has helped us to study the life of ancient Romans.
Herculaneum was a holiday destination for the Roman aristocracy, a small chest full of miracles. In its private residences and public buildings were found marble decorations, wall paintings, mosaic floors as well as objects implemented in the everyday life. The city was destroyed in just few minutes during the Mt. Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D. Pompeii, Oplontis and Stabiae were destroyed either. A lush city was instantly buried by a pyroclastic avalanche and a thick blanket of mud had rested over it for the centuries to come.
The discovery of this site was an accident during the construction of a well in 1709. Since then not more than 1/3 of the city has been uncovered.
Walking down the streets of this city is like returning into the glorious past of Roman Empire. Unlike in Pompeii, the ruins of Herculaneum contain organic artifacts such as wooden furniture pieces, clothes and even vegetables. Only in Herculaneum we were able to find two-storey buildings with wooden beams preserved by scorching heat of the fire and turned into carbon. Thus we are able to immagine the way a Roman town must have looked like.
Herculaneum is one of the most important touristic attraction in Italy. Everyday it is visited by thousands of tourists coming from all over the world.
- Meeting point with the tour guide at the ticket office of Herculaneum.
- During the visit the tour guide will show you all the best of this amazing site as such as the Temple of the Augustale, the beach where more then 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal baths, the Forum, the House of Neptune and Amphitheater, the Samnite house, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears and much more.
- End of tour and come back to the ticket office.
- The site of Herculaneum is vast and also very exposed with minimal shade, so the use of sunscreen and wearing a hat it is recommended.
- Make sure to take plenty of water.
- We organize a specific itinerary for wheelchair users.
- It is best to use closed shoes and not flip flops, since it can be difficult to walk through the ruins of Herculaneum with opened shoes.
- Skip the line: the guide can buy the tickets immediately at a preferential check-out.
- Estimated local cash needed: Herculaneum admission fee adult 11 €.
- The archaeological site of Herculaneum is closed on the 1st January, the 1st May and 25th December.
- It is forbidden to introduce inside the excavations of Herculaneum, handbags, backpacks, luggage, cases, larger than 30x30x15 cm.
- Regarding school trips, it is strictly necessary to book the tour before the visit.
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