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Ruins of Herculaneum
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Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Ercolano
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Life as it existed in this ancient Greek settlement (5th century B.C.) was frozen in time when rivers of hot mud flowed down its streets from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This place is well worth a morning or afternoon visit. We came as a family of four with kids age 9 and 14. We were staying at the hotel opposite so it was an easy wander over. The ticket queue was short. We took in food for snacks but water is available from fountains around the site. The site is amazing, you really got a feel for life in a Roman town which made the vision of so many skeletons huddled at the docks a poignant one. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

In addition to a previous visit to Pompeii, we went to Herculaneum. Totally different location as this town has been excavated from an area of an established domestic housing area. So excavations over-looked by blocks of flats, strange.
I a few ways, this was better than Pompeii as lots of the buildings are more complete so they provide a greater understanding of a full building. But it doesn't have the large open forums and temples that Pompeii has. All in all I think they compliment each other well.

The only down side would be the attitude of one of the tour guides we encountered. He asked us if we wanted a private tour guide of the town. When we said no he was very insulting and rude saying that we were foolish to miss out on potential education by not engaging his services. Not a good impression at the start of the visit.

There are audio guides but we managed with reading the simple free booklet provided. 50% reduction for <25 yr old persons from EU. This was a bonus.

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We travelled here from Naples by train, really cheap and recommended. You do not need a guided tour, really expensive. Grab a free booklet from info and wander yourself. It is not too big, unlike Pompeii, so you manage to navigate yourself around. Definitely as good as Pompeii if not better. Far better preserved as you would expect. A great morning of afternoon.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Although it was a small town and it doesn't have public buildings and amphitheatres like pompeii (or they haven't been excavated yet), Herculaneum is a great place to visit. The preservation is amazing and you can really imagine what life must have been like. It is mostly devoid of tour groups and is much smaller and more manageable than pompeii so you can really go into detail. I should imagine that because of its size and the level of preservation, it would be a good place to take kids as they would really be able to get to grips with it all. They provide a map and guide book which wee found to be fine for getting around, or you can rent an audio guide if you would like.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A smaller site than Pompeii, but very interesting and attractive with taller buildings and well conserved frescoes and temples. The same price as Pompeii ruins but with no guide included. Still well worth visiting.

Thank Gazmend G
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