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Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

1. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

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Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

2. Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

This tour consists of a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Your tour will be conducted in English, and will cater only to a small group with a maximum of 15 people. During the infamous eruption, Pompeii and its inhabitants were buried by tons of pumice and volcanic ash, which preserved many things and materials in amazing conditions. Following your tour in Pompeii, you will have time to grab some lunch, or to stroll through the souvenir shops outside the ruins. Afterwards, take the Circumesuviana train leading to Ercolano (a 20 minute trip), where you will start your walk through the ruins. There, discover that Herculaneum is much smaller, but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii had been covered in four meters of ashes, an avalanche of mud 20 meters thick had buried Herculaneum. Second floors of the buildings, carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics are still preserved and on display. The site gives a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle which was enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Roman Empire.

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From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

3. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

See the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them on this trip from Naples. Choose from the option to be picked up at Stazione Marittima or from the Hotel Ramada at 8:30 AM. Travel to Pompeii, the impressive open-air museum that holds more than 2000 years of history. Step into the past as you walk through streets that have been preserved by volcanic material from Vesuvius. Continue to Herculaneum, which was named after Hercules and completely submerged by volcanic mud. Wander through the streets and see colorful mosaics. View the ancient summer residences of Roman Patricians. Finally, stop at Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

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Naples: Neapolitan Hands On Cooking Class at Herculaneum

4. Naples: Neapolitan Hands On Cooking Class at Herculaneum

The day will start with a pickup from the established meeting point. You will be transferred to Herculaneum, where your experience will take place. During the cooking class you will learn local recipes and also learn about the Neapolitan cooking tradition. You will prepare a 3 course menu with the assistance of an expert chef. At the end of the experience you will enjoy your hand made dishes and taste a glass of wine, admiring the panoramic views of Naples and of the majestic Vesuvius. Monday: Gnocchi alla sorrentina – Codfish – Shortcrust pastry Wednesday: Fresella with seafood – Stuffed Calamari – Zeppola di San Giuseppe Friday: Pizza – Crocchè- Torta caprese

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2-Hour Private Tour of the Ruins of Herculaneum

5. 2-Hour Private Tour of the Ruins of Herculaneum

See the ruins of Herculaneum, the smaller, but no less impressive, sister of Pompeii, frozen in time by the same devastating volcanic eruption of August 24th 79 AD. Left buried under the rubble of ash until the 1700s, its discovery stunned the world. All of the ancient town lies at the bottom of an archaeological hole, about 75 feet deep. Getting closer, see the area of the marina where 300 human skeletons were found along with a boat (on display at weekends). Discover the garden of the “House of the Albergo”, where quince trees have been replanted following evidence of carbonized roots of the ancient fruit tree. Your next stop is the Council Hall of the Augustali, where beautiful frescoes depict Hercules. Visit the mosaics in the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, and the neighboring store where food and wine containers, carbonised by the volcano, still hang on the walls! Go to the anceint spa, still covered with mosaics from the Roman saunas, gyms, hot rooms, and cold tubs. Finally, see the most spectacular villa of Herculaneum at Villa dei Cervi, with its luxurious mosaics, frescoes, and statues.

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From Naples: 2-Hour Herculaneum Kid-Friendly Tour

6. From Naples: 2-Hour Herculaneum Kid-Friendly Tour

This tour is designed for capturing the attention of the kids and guiding them through the discovery of Herculaneum, one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world. Everything is well-preserved and the kids can walk around the town, enter houses, temples, theater and truly feel what it was like to live in Roman times. Your guide will focus on the their needs and attention and, with the use of tablets, reconstructions and multimedia material, they will surely have the best Herculaneum experience ever. This is a walking tour, no transportation will be included. Visit the Northern Cardo (road oriented north-south), the House of the Skeleton, thermopolium (restaurant food), men's thermal bath, the Temple of Augustali, forum (main square), House of the Black Saloon, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, House of Bel Cortile, the Samnite House, the House of the Wooden Partition, the bakery, the gym, the Home of the Bucks, the Marina gate terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus and the beach where hundreds of skeletons of the victims of the eruption were discovered.

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Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

7. Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

Travel to the entrance of the Herculaneum ruins on a shuttle bus service from central Naples. Enter the archeological site without delay with your skip-the-line ticket. Spend the day exploring the city that was covered with mud and lava during the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Walk past the buildings of the ancient Roman town destroyed by the eruption. See intact wooden structures that were dwellings with expensive furnishings and ornamentation. Beyond the beautiful villas of Herculaneum, visit important public buildings and the thermal baths as well. Take your time as you explore and discover the history, heritage, and beauty of the city.

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Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

8. Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

Explore the beautiful ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a private 5-hour tour with a licensed guide. This experience will take you on a trip back in time where you’ll see how these two towns were affected by the Vesuvius eruption in their own ways. Thanks to the historical and archeological background of your guide, the stories and facts will bring the cities back to life. If you feel like changing the route a bit, that's no problem—everything can be customized. Your historical journey starts at the Pompeii’s train station where your guide will wait for you. As soon as you set foot in the remains of this city, you’ll be transported to another era. Feel the history as you visit the theater, the sacred area, and a brothel with signs and symbols all around. See the preservation techniques in all its splendor with the plastered casts of some of the victims. Herculaneum offers a different sight to its visitors. Here, you have a panoramic view of the city and its ruins and remains due to how different the eruption and ashes reached the town. See the contrasts between these two cursed cities and how different they were affected by the eruption. While in Pompeii you see more of the public areas, in Herculaneum you have an intimate look into the lives of the people that used to live here. Check out an ancient shore, a private house, a bakery, and more.

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Private Pompeii Herculaneum Tour

9. Private Pompeii Herculaneum Tour

Visit the top sites in Campania at your own pace on this private tour from Naples to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius. Learn about the history and culture of the three stops from a professional guide. Travel to each stop in a comfortable airconditioned Mercedes and take your time to explore. Wander the ancient streets of Pompeii, a city buried by the sudden eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. See ruins unearthed from layers of dust, lava, and rock, including the ancient Roman Forum. Walk through the well-preserved ancient Roman town of Herculaneum, destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows from the Vesuvius eruption. Learn about the Roman skeletal and physical remains discovered at the site in 1981. Travel to the volcano itself, Mt. Vesuvius, still an active volcano in Campania that overlooks the region.

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From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

10. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

Visit the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them, Mt. Vesuvius, all on this private trip starting from Naples. Enjoy live commentary on board and free time during stops. Depending on your group size, choose to travel in a sedan vehicle for 1 to 2 passengers or a minivan for 3 to 8 passengers, both air-conditioned for maximum comfort during your tour. Travel first to Pompeii, the impressive open-air museum that holds more than 2000 years of history. Step into the past as you walk through streets that have been preserved by volcanic material from Vesuvius. Continue to Herculaneum, named after Hercules and completely submerged by volcanic mud. Wander through the streets and see colorful mosaics. View the ancient summer residences of Roman Patricians. Finally, stop at Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. During the entire tour, your driver will be at your complete disposal, explaining to you on board the vehicle everything you need to know about the places you will visit. At each stop, you’ll get free time to spend as you like.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

Luciano Leone was a very special guide. He made sure everyone’s questions were answered and he made a point to keep the several young children on our tour interested. I’m so glad I paid for the tour rather than visiting the site on my own.

Michele Lamberti with Askos Tours was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and great storyteller. We went on a Sunday and the other couple in our group didn’t show so Michele gave us a private tour which brought Herculaneum to life.

Diego was a fantastic guide. We visited on a rainy day, but he still really brought it to life. I would definitely recommend.

Meet with our guide Diego, who was really knowledgeable and showed us around the site with a lot of passion

Diego was a passionate student of archeology and made the entire tour interesting and enjoyable.