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Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

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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
  • Your tickets can be canceled up to 6 hours in advance for a full refund
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Herculaneum Half Day Tour From Naples

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Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a well-preserved Roman town which suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79 AD

  • See picturesque villas, bathhouses, frescoes, metal works and more preserved in their near-perfect state in Herculaneum
  • Enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free experience with roundtrip transfers from your hotel in Naples and Herculaneum aboard a fully-fitted GT coach with audio commentary on board
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets to Herculaneum with a live guide (audio guide in case group is less than 6 participants) which will be booked for you at an additional cost of €11 to be paid on the spot
  • Children aged 4 yrs and below go free. Children aged 5-12 yrs enjoy reduced prices
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Full Day Archaeological Excursion From Naples

Duration: 8 Hours
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Includes Lunch & Transportation
  • Tick off two important archeological sites ingrained in myth and history - Pompeii and Herculaneum that have immense relevance in the Campania region with this single ticket.
    Immortalized by nature’s wrath, both these tourist hotspots offer sneak peeks into the the typical lifestyle of Romans in the 1st century.
  • Start your tour at the perfectly preserved site of Pompeii, where you will marvel at various artifacts such as artwork, frescoes, and ancient buildings.
  • Make your way towards Herculaneum, a town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD and witness palaces, houses and colleges frozen under volcanic ash in impeccable condition.
  • Take a quick pitstop and enjoy a delectable lunch of regional cuisine, which is inclusive in the price of this ticket.
  • With round-trip transfers between Naples, Pompeii, and Herculaneum on comfortable air-conditioned coaches, leave aside your worries of transportation and revel in the history of these famed towns.
  • The guided tour of Pompeii ruins and Herculaneum ruins tickets are not included in the ticket price. There is an entrance fee of €15 and €11 respectively which you can pay for upon arrival. Your guide will assist you in the process and ensure you make the most of your time.
  • Please note, the live guide inside the ruins will be replaced with an audio guide if the group is less than 6 people.
  • This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
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Herculaneum Reopens Post-COVID-19

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.

Safety Measures 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
  • Social distancing is mandatory between all guests
  • Large pieces of luggage are not permitted on site. Please carry a small backpack or purse on your trip.

Herculaneum Tickets 

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. 

Your Herculaneum Tickets Options

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Priority Access

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.

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Pompeii Combo Tour

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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What are Herculaneum opening hours?

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.

How long does it take to complete a tour of Herculaneum?

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

What is the best time to visit Herculaneum?

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

Where is Herculaneum located?

Herculaneum is located at Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy.
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Can I take the train to Herculaneum?

Yes. The closest train station to Herculaneum is Ercolana Scavi. From here you can simply walk to the ruins.

Do my Herculaneum tickets include return transfers?

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.

Are audio guides available on a Herculaneum tour?

You can additionally opt to purchase an audio guide on site. They are not included in your Herculaneum tickets.

Is Herculaneum wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. Various pathways have been made available across Herculaneum for ease of access for those on wheelchairs.

Is there storage facility at Herculaneum?

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.

FAQs

Is it safe to visit Herculaneum post-COVID-19?

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 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 now?

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

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.

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 are Herculaneum opening hours post-COVID-19?

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.

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.