Herculaneum Half Day Trip from Naples

Herculaneum Half Day Trip from Naples
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$82.35
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Description

This tour will take you to the ruins of Herculaneum, the ancient roman city that got buried by the muds and the ashes of the eruption in 79 AD. This was a center for aristocrats and intellectuals of the Empire who mainly had their holiday homes along the seaside nearby the busy city of Naples. You will be stunned by the exquisite designs of mosaics, frescos and decorations still visible to date. Lunch break to a local restaurant with a 3 course tourist menu, drinks not included.

The tour manager will meet you by the nearest pick-up point to your accommodation between 11:00 and 11:30 AM (see timetable) and this tour will last approximately 5 hours in total. Check our full list of complimentary scheduled pick up points, or provide us your lodging address and we will arrange it for you.

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The legend tells the founding of Herculaneum by Hercules in 1243 BC, while historians concord it was originated by indigenous people such as the Oscan or the Etruscans. During the Roman Empire it became a resort for wealthy people and intellectuals. Unlike Pompeii, in 79 AD, Herculaneum was buried by 25 meters of muds and other volcanic elements.

This important philosophical center got totally forgotten until 1709, when a farmer unearthed precious marbles during digging works for a well. This event quickly reached the local governors, leading to the first excavations. Amongst the valuable findings, the Villa dei Papiri is surely the most important one, called after the library which at that time contained up to 1800 papyruses. To date, despite its extension, second only to Pompeii’s, only a small portion of the ancient city has been excavated, with archaeologists regularly busy with new discoveries. 

Extra info: the archeological site is completely open air and the visit will last maximum 2 hours on foot. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothes according to the weather conditions. Entrance ticket is not included as the fee may vary under certain circumstances, such as age, nationality and profession or in occasion of special events and discount cards. To date, single entrance ticket costs 11 € in Herculaneum. Check the official Pompeii and Herculaneum website for detailed information.The visit at Herculaneum ruins provides audio-guides with a minimum of 6 people; tour guide upon availability.

This tour will take you to the ruins of Herculaneum, the ancient roman city that got buried by the muds and the ashes of the eruption in 79 AD. This was a center for aristocrats and intellectuals of the Empire who mainly had their holiday homes along the seaside nearby the busy city of Naples. You will be stunned by the exquisite designs of mosaics, frescos and decorations still visible to date. Lunch break to a local restaurant with a 3 course tourist menu, drinks not included.

The tour manager will meet you by the nearest pick-up point to your accommodation between 11:00 and 11:30 AM (see timetable) and this tour will last approximately 5 hours in total. Check our full list of complimentary scheduled pick up points, or provide us your lodging address and we will arrange it for you.

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