Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Ercolano

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Just a 30-minute train ride from Naples, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano is the site of an ancient settlement frozen in time when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79, also destroying nearby Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis, and part of Boscoreale. Allegedly founded by Hercules, this city was once a renowned seaside resort where some of the richest Romans spent their summer vacations. The wealthy city's streets were lined with elegant private houses and public buildings, many covered in marble. This ancient site is one of the few places in the world that can be seen in almost its original condition, because a deep layer of hot mud buried it deeply enough to preserve even the upper stories of buildings. The hot ash conserved thousands of everyday household objects, including beds, doors, and even food. Today, this World Heritage site offers modern visitors a chance to see how ordinary people lived nearly 2 millennia ago. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone or online. With our custom trip planner, Ercolano attractions like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We had prebooked online. Access (train) and on to entrance all very easy - a 15 min walk. Really fascinating excavations, and do-able in a couple of hours (contrast Pompei which is vast). A worthwhile...  more »
  • We've always heard a lot about Pompeii. However, the least famous archaeological park of Ercolano is very well preserved, with several places that retain the original paintings remaining. More authentic and "alive" than Pompeii. Descending at Erculano Scavi train station, the ruins are about 700 meters away, you can easily walk.
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  • Stunning place a must see
  • Like Pompeii, only smaller and better preserved. Incredible.
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