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Herculaneum Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Ercolano) Tours

Herculaneum Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Ercolano)
The ruins of this ancient Roman city, now the Herculaneum Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Ercolano), live in the shadow of their more famous neighbor, Pompeii. But many enthusiasts consider this smaller site—one of Italy’s most important UNESCO-listed spots—to be equally interesting and engaging. 

The Basics
Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was buried by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was preserved rather than destroyed by the blast, so many of the original Roman buildings are still standing—including a few that have an intact second story—giving visitors a more accurate feel for what the city looked like before the eruption. The volcanic ash and mud that covered Herculaneum sealed frescoes and mosaics decorating the homes and baths, protected wooden furniture, and even encased food in household kitchens. Today, the modern city of Ercolano sits above sections of the ancient city that haven’t yet been unearthed.

To fully understand the history and importance of the ruins, it’s best to visit the Herculaneum Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Ercolano) as part of a private tour led by an expert tour guide. Herculaneum is an incredibly popular attraction, so tours including skip-the-line tickets are a must in the busy summer months. As the ruins are located near Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, all three sights can easily be combined in a single full-day tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Herculaneum is a must-see for ancient history buffs.
  • Kids especially enjoy exploring the Herculaneum ruins—choose a tour with an expert guide who is adept at engaging the whole family.
  • Almost all of the remains of the ancient town are outdoors, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen in summer, as well as comfortable shoes.
  • Most of the archaeological site at Herculaneum is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Herculaneum is located just north of Naples along the Bay of Naples. It’s centrally located for an easy day tour or shore excursion from Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and even Rome.

When to Get There
The archaeological site is almost entirely outdoors, so is best to avoid visiting on the hot days. In summer, visit in early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday heat.

Choosing Herculaneum over Pompeii
Where much of Pompeii is off-limits to visitors due to the dangerous instability of the structures, almost all of Herculaneum is open to the public, and you can walk into many of the ancient Roman town’s buildings. The experience is eerie and poignant, as it can feel as though the owners have just stepped out for the moment rather than having died in an volcanic eruption two millennia ago.
Address: Via Luigi Palmieri, 173, Naples, Italy
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16 Tours and Activities to Experience Herculaneum Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Ercolano)

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Pompeii & Herculaneum Trip from Rome with Hotel Pick Up & Skip-the-Line Tickets

Pompeii & Herculaneum Trip from Rome with Hotel Pick Up & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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On this exciting tour in the company of an expert guide, you will discover and get the chance to observe the incredible ruins of the once-buried towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day! Your driver will be scheduled to meet up with you in the lobby at your hotel in Rome where you lodge at about 7.30am, where you then travel in a first-class, air-conditioned luxury minivan. Upon arrival at Pompeii, your tour guide will rendezvous with you, and with fast-track access you will beat the ticket queues and immediately begin your adventure into the ancient cities. For anyone with an interest in history or archaeology, this tour is a great opportunity to learn more about pre-historic value, norms, culture and much more. A trip to the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum gives you an unrivalled exposure to the lives of the ancient Romans, you will be amazed at how technologically advanced and sophisticated the Romans were.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$743.78
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$743.78
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Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius With Driver Private Day Trip from Rome By Car

Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius With Driver Private Day Trip from Rome By Car

Enjoy a day trip from your accommodation in Rome to two of southern Italy's most fascinating places: Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum is rightfully considered better preserved that its bigger and more famous sister city, Pompeii, and unlike Pompeii, it can be explored entirely in a couple of hours. After you've enjoyed Herculaneum, you'll have time for a nice Italian lunch, or a quick bite if you prefer, before heading up Mount Vesuvius. Your private English speaking chauffeur will meet you at your accommodation in Rome at 8.00 AM and return you at 5:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). To comply with italian strict laws, drivers are obliged to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee on their own away from the vehicle. Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,098.76
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$1,098.76
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Skip-The-Line with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Rome

Pompeii and Herculaneum Skip-The-Line with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Rome

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Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum Ercolano on this all-day tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private minivan with an English-speaking guide. Visit neighboring cities covered in ash, volcanic rock, and lava nearly 2,000 years ago by Mt. Vesuvius and learn their respective histories. Enjoy a tasting of the local specialty, buffalo mozzarella, in the heartland of this celebrated Italian delicacy.
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  • 12 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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$357.94
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$357.94
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Private Transfer from Rome to Ravello with 2 Hour Stop in Pompeii

Private Transfer from Rome to Ravello with 2 Hour Stop in Pompeii

Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Rome airport or your hotel down town Rome with this private transfer service. With Positano Limo Service you can meet your driver at the Airport, train station or wherever you need your pick-up and relax on the journey to your accommodation in Ravello. Stop on the way to Ravello up to 3 hours wherever you want ( Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius or Herculaneum) These private Mercedes vehicles can accommodate up to seven passengers. • Transfer from Rome Airport to your Ravello hotel • Transfer from Rome down town to your Ravello accomodation • Stop up to 3 hours on the way  • Be met and great at the airport when you arrive • Private vehicle up to 7 people • Stress-free way to arrive in Ravello  
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  • 6 hours
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$728.01
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$728.01
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Daytrip from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

Daytrip from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

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Explore Italy beyond the bustle of Rome with a full-day private tour to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Get picked up at your hotel by an English-speaking driver and travel to the region of Campania. Choose between a stop at two archaeological sites, Pompeii or Herculaneum. After lunch, continue along to the Amalfi Coast and the seaside town of Positano. Wander the narrow streets, cafes, and shops at your leisure.
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  • 12 hours
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$718.30
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$718.30
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Skip-The-Line with Lunch&WineTasting Fullday from Rome

Pompeii and Herculaneum Skip-The-Line with Lunch&WineTasting Fullday from Rome

Enjoy this wonderful Fullday visiting the ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum Ercolano Archaeological Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Lunch and Wine Tasting at the slopes of Vesuvius Volcano. Included: • Skip-The-Line Tickets entrance in Pompeii Archaeological Park • Skip-The-Line Tickets entrance in Herculaneum Archaeological Park • Buffalo Mozzarella Tasting • Lunch and a Wine-Tasting at a restaurant on the slopes of the Vesuvius Volcano. Upgradable local licensed tour guide in Private option. Pickup and Dropoff your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$357.94
Price varies by group size
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$357.94
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Private Herculaneum and Archaeological Museum Tour from Rome

Private Herculaneum and Archaeological Museum Tour from Rome

See both Roman ruins and ancient artwork with this tour of Herculaneum and the National Archaeology Museum of Naples. After leaving from Rome, you’ll travel south to Italy’s Campania region where a local archaeologist-guide awaits. Step inside Herculaneum for a tour of the ancient ruins, then head to Naples to learn about the statues and frescoes that were recovered from Pompeii and nearby.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$804.45
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$804.45
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Private Vip Tour of Pompeii Day Trip From Rome

Private Vip Tour of Pompeii Day Trip From Rome

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The UNESCO site of Herculaneum, outside of Naples, protects the ruins of an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. You’ll tour this fascinating town of wealthy, ornately decorated homes with a private guide. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a lunch of pizza on the Naples boardwalk. The tour includes roundtrip transportation from Rome in a private vehicle.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$582.41
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$582.41
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Naples Archaeological Museum and Ancient Herculaneum Site Private Full Day Tour

Naples Archaeological Museum and Ancient Herculaneum Site Private Full Day Tour

Be welcomed by your guide at the entrance of the Herculaneum ruins. Skip the long lines and start your journey at the discovery of the Ancient city of Herculaneum. Settled at the Vesuvius slopes, Ercolano was partially destroyed during the Vesuvius eruption of the 79AC. Luckily for us, the lava and thick ashes layers have helped to preserve the domus and buildings structures, and - after more than 2000 years from the tragic event - the Herculaneum site is now open to visitors. Walk through the ruins, get acquainted to the habits of the ancient Roman community and listen to the story of the last 3 days of Herculaneum. At the end of the Herculaneum tour enjoy a quick break for lunch and have some rest, and get ready for the second part of the tour. Continue you journey into the past with a visit to the MANN, which hosts a collection of relics, statues and frescoes from the archaeological sites surrounding Naples plus a rich Egyptian department lately restored. You will love this tour!
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  • 6 hours
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$242.67
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Daytrip from Rome to Pompei and Sorrento

Daytrip from Rome to Pompei and Sorrento

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On this exciting day trip you will enjoy the best of the Campania region, including Sorrento, and a trip to the ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum. You will be greeted at your accommodation in Rome by your private driver before heading south to the archaeological site of Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed yet preserved by the volcanic eruption of 79AD. We highly recommend the upgrade to include a private, guided tour of the world-famous site. After stopping for lunch, you'll visit the picturesque coastal village of Sorrento, where you will have time to explore and enjoy the views, before heading back to Rome with your driver at the end of the day.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$666.73
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$666.73
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Pompeii Ruins & Hercualenum with Lunch & Wine Tasting from Rome

Pompeii Ruins & Hercualenum with Lunch & Wine Tasting from Rome

Take a day out of your Rome vacation to visit the amazing Ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and enjoy a Wine Tasting experience on Mount Vesuvius. This full day trip includes culture and pleasure for those who don't want to miss the opportunity to visit the most famous sites in southern Italy and enjoy the fine wine products of this region.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$570.27
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Private Pompeii & Herculaneum Archaeological sites tour from Rome

Private Pompeii & Herculaneum Archaeological sites tour from Rome

This full immersive walk through the ruins of the Ancient cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum is a must for all the history and archaeology lovers. Starting from Pompeii, you will be shown the highlights of the city, while enjoying a pleasant walk through the ruins. The city will get back to its original splendour right beneath your eyes. Pass by the Gymnasium; stop by the Small & Big theatres and sit on the steps to challenge the power of the acoustics perfection that has made it through ages; don’t miss the chance to wander around the domus of Menander and enter the colourful Baths. Your guide will then lead you to the Forum. Then, be ready to visit the enchanting town of Herculaneum. Smaller than Pompeii, but surely not less interesting, Herculaneum shows peculiar characters that make it fascinating. Let the astonishing mosaics of the Baths take your breath away and pay attention to the wooden furniture and doors, still standing despite the lava and ashes rain fallen over the city.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$728.01
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$728.01
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Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvio with Driver Private DayTrip from your Rome's Hotel

Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvio with Driver Private DayTrip from your Rome's Hotel

Spend an exciting day exploring Herculaneum and hiking up to the crater of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum has been preserved like no other site in the world, not even nearby Pompeii. The city was buried beneath 52 feet of ash and mud during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, and this layer of detritus saved two-story Domus with the internal architecture and décor intact, including features in wood and marble, decorations, and even organic remains like food, providing a unique view into the daily lives of the ancient population of Herculaneum. The curious have been climbing the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since the 1600s, attracting tourists from northern Europe who had never seen a volcano. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Italian laws permits only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee. To comply with these strict laws, Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$843.95
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$843.95
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Private Day Tour Pompeii and Herculaneum with Lunch from Rome

Private Day Tour Pompeii and Herculaneum with Lunch from Rome

Pompeii and Herculaneum are the main important archeological sites of Campania, they've been famous all around the world for their preservation thanks to the Vesuvius's ashes. Our archeological guide will take care of you for the whole day in this small group experience by showing you around this still alive sites, not only by explaining the life and the meaning of each building but also explaining you the archeological aspect of it. The morning you will be visiting Pompeii, then you'll be welcomed in a winery in the National Park of Vesuvius where your lunch w/ wine tasting will take place and then ending with the visit of Herculaneum.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$424.67
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Day Trip from Rome: Pompeii and Herculaneum - private tour

Day Trip from Rome: Pompeii and Herculaneum - private tour

Probably the world’s most famous archaeological site, Pompeii needs little introduction. The prosperous market town was destroyed but also perfectly preserved by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, and since its rediscovery and excavation it has captured the imagination of millions. Our guide will bring this ancient resort town to life and ensure that you get to explore all of its most important treasures. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii but was coated in a thick layer of pyroclastic material during the eruption which preserved the ancient city much better. In addition to preserved buildings, skeletons and interior decorations, wooden objects like beds, doors, and roofs have were protected from decay. Herculaneum was a wealthier city than Pompeii, so the glimpse into ancient life is even more luxurious and impressive.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$655.21
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$655.21
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Pompeii and Herculaneum SkipTheLine with Lunch&WineTasting from Rome

Pompeii and Herculaneum SkipTheLine with Lunch&WineTasting from Rome

Enjoy this wonderful Fullday visiting the ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum Ercolano Archaeological Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Lunch and Wine Tasting at the slopes of Vesuvius Volcano. Included: • Skip-The-Line Tickets entrance in Pompeii Archaeological Park • Skip-The-Line Tickets entrance in Herculaneum Archaeological Park • Buffalo Mozzarella Tasting • Lunch and a Wine-Tasting at a restaurant on the slopes of the Vesuvius Volcano. Upgradable local licensed tour guide in Private option. Pickup and Dropoff your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$594.54
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$594.54
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