Best Books about Pompeii

Visiting Herculaneum
Plaster Cast from Pompeii
Background Information
Where to see them
Pompeii Antiquarium
Garden of the Fugitives
Stabian Thermal Baths
Horrea and Olitorium
Villa of the Mysteries
Caupona Pherusa
House of the Four Styles
Region I
Porta Nocera
Boscoreale Antiquarium
Historical Information
Younger Pliny's letters
Seneca's describes AD 62 earthquake
Gautier short story about Pompeii

Early account of making plaster casts

Charles Dickens describes Pompeii
Mark Twain describes Pompeii
William Dean Howells describes Pompeii
WW2 bombing of Pompeii
Visiting Pompeii and vicinity
visiting Pompeii
visiting Herculaneum
visiting Mt. Vesuvius
Further Information
books about Pompeii
touring Pompeii exhibitions
websites about Pompeii









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 in Pompeii, some buildings will be closed, and many that are open will be in disrepair. Widgets Widgets Widgets



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