Herculaneum and Pompeii

The excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii are one of the most visited places in all of Italy.

 

Tragedy and fascination go hand in hand at these sites, because all that will be seen there has been preserved thanks to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.

 

Here, we give you some advice on how to visit these places.

 

How to get there

Book the ticket

Do and don’t

What to see in Herculaneum

Herculaneum MAV – Virtual Archaeological Museum

What to see Pompeii

Pompeii with Mt Vesuvius looming in the background

How to get there

 

It’s possible to visit both sites in one day, because they are about 10 kilometres apart. They are served by the metro line Circumvesuviana, which runs additional faster trains between Naples and Sorrento between 16/3 and 03/11. The station is right in front of the entrance of the sites.

 

Pompeii is also connected by the Trenitalia from Naples and from various stations in the Cilento Park.

Book the ticket

 

If you decide to visit the sites in high season (Apr-Oct), we advise you to buy your tickets online.

 

https://www.ticketone.it/en/artist/scavi-ercolano/parco-archeologico-di-ercolano-988880/

https://www.ticketone.it/en/artist/scavi-pompei/parco-archeologico-di-pompei-988882/

 

Pompeii and Herculaneum are the most famous sites, but the lava flow affected also the towns of Oplonti, Stabia and Boscoreale. All these places are close, and it is possible to buy a cumulative ticket for all five excavations.

Herculaneum

Do and don’t

 

There are numerous restaurants in the area that offer set menus at reasonable prices (with around 12 euros for a 3-course meal) but it is possible to eat packed lunches in the picnic area inside the park. It is strictly forbidden to bring food and drink outside the dedicated areas.

 

In the same way, it is forbidden to smoke, throw rubbish on the ground or smear anything. The park and its visitors are subjected to strict controls to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the archaeological site.

Pompeii - Villa dei Misteri

What to see in Herculaneum

 

Famous in the world for the archaeological excavations of the Roman city, that legend has it founded by Hercules and destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, Herculaneum is one of the unmissable wonders of the Gulf of Naples.

 

Herculaneum has undergone a unique conservation phenomenon that has no comparison even with nearby Pompeii. The 16-meter blanket of pyroclastic materials and mud that submerged the city allowed the conservation of two-story domus, within which architectural elements in wood and marble, jewelry and furnishing objects were found, as well as many organic finds, allowing to reconstruct in detail the lifestyle of the ancient Herculaneers.

 

In fact, fabrics, food, papyrus and wood have been found practically intact. Herculaneum is one of the most evocative places in the world. It was accidentally discovered when the Austrian prince of Elboeuf had a well dug in a villa he owned, and found himself in front of the wall of the ancient theater scene.

 

It was then Charles of Bourbon in 1738 who ordered the beginning of the excavation work that brought to light, little by little, this extraordinary wonder.

The numbers in bracket correspond to the numbers on the map. Open the map of Herculaneum

Wall Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite from Herculaneum

Herculaneum MAV – Virtual Archaeological Museum

 

Through cutting-edge technologies, the visitor can take a journey through time and admire the main constructions of the Roman cities destroyed in 79 AD. exactly how they must have appeared before their destruction.

 

Over seventy multimedia installations allow tourists to better understand the main archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Baia, Stabia and Capri.

What to see Pompeii

 

Buried for over 17 centuries, Pompeii came to light, revealing to the archaeologists enormous information and secrets about the Roman way of life and even about the character and passions of some of its inhabitants.

 

Whether you have free time or a tight schedule, a guided tour will always help you contextualize everything you see: understand the history, how every building was before it was petrified under the lava.

 

Even if you initially ruled out taking a private guide for Pompeii, a guided tour will complement your vision of the city by giving you insight into its history and customs, which is difficult to achieve if you are just wandering aimlessly on your own.

 

If you plan to spend a whole day there, consider taking an early morning guided tour to get your bearings and learn the most important details, and spend the rest of the time wandering around and exploring what you liked best.

The numbers in bracket correspond to the numbers on the map. Open the Guide of Pompeii

Pompeii

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