Explore Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD
Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a well-preserved Roman town which suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79 AD
Following a closure due to the pandemic, Herculaneum ruins have reopened to the public. Before planning a visit, please familiarize yourself with the safety measures in place at the site.
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.
If you’re looking for a way to bypass the long waiting lines and save time, opt for skip-the-line tickets. Your standard Herculaneum tickets provide priority access to the site, enabling you to skip the lines. With these tickets, you can access all the major parts of the ruins of Herculaneum.
Combine your tour of Herculaneum with a visit to the ruins of Pompeii as well. This combo ticket gives you access to both preserved sites, allowing you to soak in the complete experience. You can also opt to additionally include services of a tour guide to your experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Herculaneum is open from 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM between 1 November to 31 March (final admission at 03:30) and from 09:00 AM to 07:30 PM between 1 April to 31 October. It is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
A tour of all the main attractions at Herculaneum should take about 3 hours.
The best time to visit Herculaneum is during the off-season, between October to April.
Herculaneum is located at Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy.
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Yes. The closest train station to Herculaneum is Ercolana Scavi. From here you can simply walk to the ruins.
It depends on the tickets you book. While a standard ticket will not include return transfers, combo tickets that include a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum do. With these tickets, you’ll be picked up and dropped back to your location in a comfortable AC coach.
You can additionally opt to purchase an audio guide on site. They are not included in your Herculaneum tickets.
Yes. Various pathways have been made available across Herculaneum for ease of access for those on wheelchairs.
No. Storage facilities are not available and guests are advised not to carry large pieces of luggage. Please carry a small backpack or a purse.
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.
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.
Yes. You can book your Herculaneum tickets online as they now accept digital reservations.
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.
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.
Herculaneum opening hours post-COVID-19 are 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM between 1 November to 31 March (final admission at 03:30) and from 09:00 AM to 07:30 PM between 1 April to 31 October. It will remain closed on 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.
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.