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  • Explore Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD.
  • Discover the picturesque ancient villas, bathhouses, frescoes, and more all preserved in their near-perfect glory.
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets into the UNESCO World Heritage Site to bypass the long tourist lines.
  • Children aged 17 yrs and below go free. EU youth (aged 18-24 yrs) enjoy reduced prices.
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

Following a closure due to the pandemic, Herculaneum ruins reopened to the public in 2021. Before planning a visit, please familiarize yourself with the safety measures in place at the site.

Updated Safety Measures and Rules at Herculaneum

  • Guests are advised to pre-book their Herculaneum tickets in advance for easy crowd control 
  • All guests must wear masks that completely cover their face and mouth throughout the duration of their visit
  • A minimum of 1-meter social distance is to be maintained between all guests
  • All visitors will undergo a temperature check at the entrance
  • Large pieces of luggage are not permitted on site. Please carry a small backpack or purse on your trip.
  • Guests are advised to use the hand sanitizers at the entrance

The often over-shadowed neighbor of Pompeii, the ancient town of Herculaneum was another victim of the tragic Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD. Though smaller in size than Pompeii, Herculaneum was much grander and opulent, which once can identify due to the various excavation projects over the centuries. Few sites in the world are considered to be preserved as well as Herculaneum, which led to it being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Once a bustling town, Herculaneum’s history boasts grandeur and culture. This can be seen in the magnificently designed villas and town squares, beautifully preserved under volcanic ash and debris. Visitors will be thrilled to notice the organic remains of a variety of objects lie wooden furniture, doors and roofs, mosaics and frescos, and even food. Book Herculaneum tickets to discover the secrets of this hidden gem in Italy. 

Best Way to Buy Herculaneum Tickets

The best way to purchase Herculaneum tickets is to buy them online for many reasons, such as:

  • Convenience: You can book your Herculaneum tickets by just clicking a couple of buttons, ensuring you do not need to stand in long queues to purchase them.
  • Advance Booking: Purchasing your tickets online gives you the liberty to get them for the date of your choice. This way, you can buy tickets for your preferred date of visit as per your plan.
  • Discounts: When booking your tickets to Herculaneum from a reliable third-party website, you will also be able to avail of deals offered by them!

Which Herculaneum Tickets Are Perfect For You?

1. If you’re looking for something easy on the pocket...

Get the standard Herculaneum tickets. Apart from giving you access to the ruins, they also give you skip-the-line access to the venue and are easy on the pocket.

2. If you want to delve deeper...

If you’re looking to discover the Herculaneum ruins and learn about their history, take a guided tour with an archaeologist. Your expert guide will give you all the information you need, and more.

3. If you want to explore beyond Herculaneum...

Explore beyond Herculaneum and head to Pompeii to discover the ruins. You will be accompanied by a tour guide and your transfers will be pre-arranged.

What to See in Herculaneum

The remains of Herculaneum were almost perfectly preserved under the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius. While there’s plenty to explore and observe at Herculaneum, here are the top sites you should definitely visit.

house of neptune - what to see in herculaneum

House of Neptune

This site, located a little further from the House of the Charred Furniture, was created as a tribute to the gods Neptune and Amphitrite. One can notice a a courtyard and alcove here, along with the remains of a fountain. The primary attraction here is the stunning glass mosaic wall with marble masks over it. The mosaic was designed with vivid colors and intricate patterns featuring the gods. 

Villa of the Papyri - what to see in herculaneum

Villa of the Papyri

Considered one of the most magnificent villas in Herculaneum, this site gained fame due to the discovery of numerous papyrus scrolls -- mysterious sheets of illegible text. Its stunning architecture is still identifiable with the multiple frescoes, marble sculptures and bronzes that were discovered. It is thought to once have a vineyard and gardens, and a direct view of the sea from its terraces.

thermae baths - what to see in herculaneum

Thermae (Baths)

The thermal baths date back to the 1st Century BC. They clearly demarcate separate areas for men and women. Once can still identify how the water was heated by a large, still-intact furnace. Notice the changing rooms, the different hot and cold abthing areas, and even the storage areas for clothing. All these areas are covered with mosaic patterns and depictions of dolphins and other sea creatures.

hall of the augustales - what to see in herculaneum

Hall of the Augustales

Devotees of Emperor Augustus’ cult met here for their meetings and marked it as their official seat. Once can still easily identify the various columns and arches in this square, and the opening in the roof that lights up the room. It is also marked by various frescos, famous ones portraying Hercules wrestling Achelous and another where he enters Mount Olympus, accompanied by Juno and Minerva.

samnite house - what to see in herculaneum

Samnite House

From all the excavation projects, the Samnite House was identified as one of the oldest aristocratic residences in Herculaneum. It is thought to have been constructed back in 2nd Century BC and was about 300 years old when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Its Greek-influenced atrium, painted in the Fourth Style is famous here. Once can also observe its beautiful flooring, rainwater pool, and still-standing columns and pillars.

house of the deer - what to see in herculaneum

House of the Deer

On this spot, one can find another grand villa in Herculaneum, facing the oceanside. It was elaborately designed with two floors surrounding a large courtyard and garden. These were decorated with statues of deers and large marble tables that one can find in the on-site museum as well. Notice the unique flooring of this villa, as it is covered with intricate mosaics, frescos and marble chips.

Plan Your Visit to Herculaneum

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Herculaneum is open from 8:30 AM to 5 PM between 1 November to 14 March (final admission at 03:30). It is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

Duration: A tour of all the main attractions at Herculaneum should take about 3 hours.

Best time to visit Herculaneum

The best time to visit Herculaneum is during the off-season, between October to April.

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Herculaneum is located at Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy.
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Train: The closest train station to Herculaneum is Ercolana Scavi. From here you can simply walk to the ruins.

Guided tour: While a standard ticket will not include return transfers, combo tickets that include a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum include transfers. With these tickets, you’ll be picked up and dropped back to your location in a comfortable AC coach.

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  • You can additionally opt to purchase an audio guide on site. They are not included in your Herculaneum tickets.
  • Various pathways have been made available across Herculaneum for ease of access for those in wheelchairs.
  • Storage facilities are not available and guests are advised not to carry large pieces of luggage. Please carry a small backpack or a purse.
  • Infants must be carried in a sling or backpack as it is difficult to get strollers around the cobblestoned areas.
  • There aren't many eateries around, so it is best to carry snacks or food and have a picnic around the site.

All Your Questions About Herculaneum Tickets Answered

Is it safe to visit Herculaneum in 2021?

To ensure the safety of its visitors, Herculaneum now accepts online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.

What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at Herculaneum in 2021?

In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. Herculaneum now accepts online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; social distancing is also mandatory on site.

Are Herculaneum tickets available online in 2021?

Yes. You can book your Herculaneum tickets online as they now accept digital reservations.

Where can I buy Herculaneum tickets?

You can purchase tickets to Herculaneum online or at the venue.

What is the cancelation policy for Herculaneum tickets?

It depends on the ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.

Who can avail of discounted tickets to Herculaneum?

This depends on the Herculaneum tickets purchased. Typically, those under 3 enter for free, while those under 17 can avail of discounted Herculaneum tickets. It is advised you check your ticket to learn about the discounts.

Are guided tours of Herculaneum available?

It depends on the tour you book. Standard Herculaneum tickets do not include guided tours. However, you can purchase the service of a tour guide by booking combo Herculaneum tickets.

What is the best way to buy Herculaneum tickets?

The best way to purchase your tickets to the ruins of Herculaneum is to get them online. This helps you avail of numerous deals and discounts offered by third-party websites and offers the convenience of booking immediately and in advance.

How long are my tickets to Herculaneum valid for?

Your Herculaneum tickets are typically valid only for the date and time selected at checkout. It is advised you check your ticket validity while booking.

What are Herculaneum opening hours in 2021?

Herculaneum opening hours in 2021 are 9 AM - 7:30 PM between 1 April to 31 October (final admission at 6 PM). It will remain closed on 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.

Are Naples to Herculaneum day trips available?

Yes. You can book Naples to Herculaneum tours now. Your experience would include return transfers and a combo tour of Pompeii. You can also opt to additionally pay for a tour guide.