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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  • fascinating glimpse into 1st century AD roman life. well preserved buildings, frescos, pottery. helpful printed information to bring the area to life. plan a few hours to enjoy your time. 
    fascinating glimpse into 1st century AD roman life. well preserved buildings, frescos, pottery. helpful printed information to bring the area to life. plan a few hours to enjoy your time.  more »
  • Took the LRT from Naples and it is a short walk from the station. Had limited time so only spent a little over an hour at the site. We have not been to Pompeii but some guy said this place is better.....  more
    Took the LRT from Naples and it is a short walk from the station. Had limited time so only spent a little over an hour at the site. We have not been to Pompeii but some guy said this place is better.....  more »
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  • I'd heard it was better than Pompeii because the ruins were more complete. Kind of a difficult place to access on narrow streets. My travel partner's iPhone GPS took us to the back side of the property. We had to drive around to the front side through street flea markets in what appeared to be a very rough section of town. Finally made it. A very nice gentleman assisted me with parking. We were about to park in an illegal spot and get a ticket. Some of the more attractive exhibits were closed due to renovation. Guide books in English were out of stock so I had to take one in Italian. My internet didn't work very well so it was difficult to use online access to descriptive information. The place gives great insight into first century A.D. Roman life. I especially liked seeing homes with the atria, mosaics and frescoes. To fully appreciate and explore it I would recommend allowing at least 3 to 4 hours or more. We didn't have that much time.
  • The most spectacular day out in history. Visit before a visit to Pompeii to get a sense of a more compact life. The site is amazing, so much to see, so many highlights and so much complete. We turned up and got tickets on the door, I would advice going early for this. The surrounding area is also amazing to give you a sense of everyday italian life. The bakery up the road is unreal.

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