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Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

1. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

2. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes, and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public thermal baths that can still be seen today.

Pompeii: Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Guided Tour

3. Pompeii: Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Guided Tour

Ancient Pompeii is the Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 and is the best example of a city that will give you an insight into the life of the Romans. With an archaeologist, you will explore the most important and famous buildings. The tour starts at the Porta Marina Inferiore, through the area of the theatres. Then it continues by exploring ancient houses with beautiful decorations, such as mosaics, frescoes, and marble. You will walk past shops, old Roman bakeries, and ancient snack bars until you reach the public baths and the famous Lupanare. Finally, don't miss the Forum with public buildings and plaster casts of the victims. After a lunch break, we will reach Herculaneum (about 20 minutes by train). The different state of burial and conservation makes Herculaneum a small jewel. We will admire the splendid residences with unique decorations, frescos, marbles, mosaics, jewelry, skeletons, and exceptionally well-preserved wood. You will live, with the help of an archaeologist, an unforgettable experience discovering the two ancient cities and the culture of the Romans. The tour is designed and recommended for families, but also for all lovers of photography and archaeology.

Herculaneum small-group tour with a local guide

4. Herculaneum small-group tour with a local guide

Book this 2-hour private tour to discover the fascinating archaeological site of Herculaneum with a dedicated private guide. Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were discovered in recent years along the seashore.  You'll see the Northern Cardo (road oriented north-south), the House of the Skeleton, Thermopolium (restaurant), Men's Thermal Bath, Temple of Augustali, Forum (main square), House of the Black Saloon, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, House of Bel Cortile, the Samnite House, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Gym, the Home of the Bucks, the Marina gate, terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus and the beach where the skeletons of the victims of the eruption were discovered.

Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

5. Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Meet your private guide at Herculaneum for a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site. Herculaneum was located closer to Vesuvius than Pompeii, and was buried deeper by the lava, which better preserved the architecture. Admire the colorful murals and other artwork of the homes of wealthy nobles, which are reminders that Herculaneum was also richer than Pompeii. Learn about ancient Roman culture as your guide utilizes the ruins to paint a vivid picture of life during that time. Bring the whole family on this private tour, as its flexible structure makes it ideal for families with children.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour

6. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour

Herculaneum, together with Pompeii, was violently affected by the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius. However, while Pompeii was buried under a layer of ash and lapilli, Herculaneum was covered under a huge mass of mud and volcanic debris. This huge solid mass allowed a better preservation of perishable materials like wood, remnants of food, fabrics, etc. An expert guide will make the city come to life, offering you the opportunity to imagine the private lives of ancient Romans. On this tour, you will visit the most interesting sites of this ancient city. You will dive into a world apart and go into the Roman houses where you will be able to almost hear the voices of the  owners calling each other. See unique details such as the original doors and all the original furniture of the shops. You also won't miss the place they loved most - the thermal baths. Learn and have fun with your group as you take in the sights of ancient Herculaneum and modern Ercolano. Admire the ever-changing light as it plays off Mount Vesuvius in the background. This Herculaneum walking tour will be a fascinating glimpse into life during the Roman Empire.

Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

7. Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum on a 2-hour private tour with an archeologist guide. Known as the sister to Pompeii, the town was buried following a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Get a glimpse into the private lives of Romans and see amazingly well-preserved wooden objects, paintings, and mosaics. While Pompeii was covered in 4-5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud about 20 meters deep buried Herculaneum, created a better-preserved site. See many of the highlights, including the Forum, the House of the Black Saloon, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus, and the beach where hundreds of skeletons of the victims were discovered.

Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Private Walking Tour

8. Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Private Walking Tour

A walk in Pompeii is an experience unlike any other; the city still feels as lively as ever. Learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived with a tour of all the most important public buildings and private houses. Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii was covered in 4 to 5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud 20 meters thick buried Herculaneum. Second storeys, carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings and mosaics are still fully visible. The city comes back to life with your guide's explanations. The tour of Pompeii lasts 2 hours and includes a detailed look at the western part of the ancient town, the location of the most important public buildings, homes and shops.

Pompei: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

9. Pompei: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

We’ll begin in Pompeii. First, you’ll visit the immense Forum, the centre of Pompeii’s political and commercial life. From here you can walk through a dense network of streets. Your guide will then take you to Herculaneum, often described as a jewel of archaeology. A once glamorous town that overlooked the sea, Herculaneum was the holiday retreat for the rich people of Rome. With your expert archaeologist guide, you’ll learn the differences and similarities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although Vesuvius buried both cities in AD 79, the impact of the disaster wasn’t quite the same. Herculaneum is better preserved than Pompeii. Upper floors of elegant buildings remain standing, which you can see at the Casa del Salone Nero and the Casa Sannitica. You’ll love the beautiful mosaics and charred but extraordinarily intact furniture. At the thermal baths, you’ll learn of the recreational bathing culture and admire fine decorations perfectly preserved. You’ll won’t believe that you’re gazing at life dating back two millennia.

Ercolano: Archaeological Park of Herculaneum Walking Tour

10. Ercolano: Archaeological Park of Herculaneum Walking Tour

An ancient holiday resort already in Roman times, Herculaneum preserves intact splendid examples of private architecture: stupendous domus in which incredible mosaics and frescoes are preserved, as well as structures in charred wood. the tour will allow us to discover the city buried by the ash of the eruption of 79 AD. , with shops, houses, the gym, the ancient beach where the skeletons of the locals are kept. Places of public and private interest will bring you back to the life of the ancient Romans, which you will have no trouble imagining because the buildings, decorations and treasures found in Herculaneum will allow you to relive daily life without any effort. The ancient blanket of ash that fell on the city, still present on site, will leave you speechless, as will the tour that will remain indelible in your memory.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

Abbino passato una splendida giornata con Benedetto, tra Pompei e Ercolano. Essendo una famiglia con 2 bambini, cercavamo una guida che potesse coinvolgere i nostri ragazzi: abbiamo ottenuto il risultato in pieno, con spiegazioni interessanti, approfondite e coinvolgenti. Tutto fatto con il giusto “ritmo”, con informazioni dettagliate che ci hanno accompagnato per una giornata intera. Davvero consigliatissimo!

very informative, personal, and added context where needed. he also compared and contrasted paestum to pompei and herculeum and other sites when it was warranted. well worth the time and effort to hire a trained expert to view the site.

Raffaele was a fantastic guide, sharing interesting history and facts about the town as well as showing us some of the best examples of the Herculaneum preservation. We had a great time - thanks!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a lot of interesting stories. Highly recommend!

Excellent tour. Archaeologist was wonderful & very knowledgeable. Glad we booked