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Visiting Herculaneum

The ruins of Herculaneum lie beneath the modern city; only a portion has been excavated

Herculaneum, or Ercolano, is a much smaller ruin than Pompeii and worth visiting for a look at a different kind of volcanic destruction. Unlike Pompeii, which was covered with some 10 to 12 feet of ash and volcanic debris when Vesuvius erupted, Herculaneum was overwhelmed by a flood of boiling mud that pushed back the shoreline by 400 yards and covered the town some 70-80 feet deep.


The town of Herculaneum is well below ground level, after it was covered with boiling mud that flowed down the side of Vesuvius.

If you wish to visit both Pompeii and Herculaneum, you can buy one ticket (valid for three days) that allows entry to these two sites as well as Oplontis, Stabiae, and Boscoreale (the adult price of about €20.00 is a slight bargain if you plan to visit two sites, but a huge value if you will visit all five; note you can only visit each site once during the three days).

To visit Herculaneum, it is probably easiest to take the Circumvesuviana to Ercolano. When you exit the station, walk down the hill, following the main road until it ends at the bottom. The entrance to the site will be in front of you. 

Because Herculaneum is so much smaller than Pompeii, it is relatively easy to see in half a day (note that there is no food service within the archaeological site itself). It is also much less crowded. As with Pompeii, some buildings will be closed, and many that are open will be in disrepair. 


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