This tour takes 2 hours and it includes all the landmarks that made Herculaneum worldwide famous. Named after the Greek hero Hercules, is a small town in Campania on the west coast 8 km south-east of Naples. By the first century AD, Herculaneum had become a holiday resort for rich Roman traders. They built their houses on terraces that extended to the edge of the cliff and the view across the bay must have been spectacular. Many high-status Romans either had permanent or seasonal residences there. Buried by the fury of Mt Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the state of preservation of the buildings is generally much superior compared to Pompeii and Stabiae which have suffered the same tragic fate.
You’ll meet your guide at the entrance of the Archaeological site or another agreed location. The transportation service can be provided upon request filling out the form at the moment of the booking.
The tour starts with a bird’s eye view of the site from a huge terrace that would have been part of the mud that once covered the all city. This terrace overlooks the Ancient shore of Herculaneum where, into the boat houses are still visible the human skeletal remains of those who were unable to escape Vesuvius’s destruction.
After crossing a tunnel dug into the huge block of mud, you’ll get to the skeletons area and your guide will tell you about the recent discoveries and the secrets that the skeletons reveal about Roman life.
The statue and the Memorial Altar of Nonius Balbus dominate the upper terrace: onetime governor of Crete and Libya, owned a luxurious house in Herculaneum and the portraits of his whole family were found in the Basilica.
During the visit it will be easy to imagine what life might have been like that time thanks to its level of preservation: bakeries, taverns, second floors, carbonized wood, furnishings and much more.
Awesome examples of Roman residences are the House of the Wooden Partition and the House of Samnites with their vivid paintings and mosaics.
Other key locations are: the Baths , The House of the Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite and the Sacellum of the Augustales a kind of temple dedicated to Augustus the Roman Emperor.
- A bottle of water, hat and confortable shose are higly recommended
- The Admission fee is 11 euro. Free entrance for under 18 provided with valid identification document.
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- Ancient Shore
- House of Wooden Partition
- House of Samnites
- House of Neptune and Amphitrite
- The Baths
- The Decumano Maximo
- The Sacellum of Augustales
What is included
- Guided tour led by a professional English speaking guide.
What is extra
- Entrance fee