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Herculaneum (October 15, 2009)

Visit of Herculaneum and departure to Rome.

Herculaneum


From the Central station of Naples it takes around 20 minutes with Circumvesuviana to go to Ercolano, the actual name of the roman city Herculaneum.
The city of Herculaneum was also destroyed during the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. It buried under approximately 20 meters (50-60 feet) of stones and ash. The particular volcanic burial the city underwent has allowed an extraordinary state of conservation of Herculaneum’s, particularly for organic material (wood, bread...). Amphorae and jars have been found in thermopoliums. In these restaurants it was possible to purchase ready-to-eat food. Amphorae for wine were set into marble countertops; on shelves were ranged jars of wine and oil.

The actual city of Ercolaneo was built on the lava stream left by the eruption of Vesuvius; an important part of the antic city is still below the modern town. As a result the site is smaller than Pompeii but in a good preservation state. It is easy to visit everything in 3 hours.
As the weather was not good we didn’t go to the top of Mount Vesuvius. So we went back to Naples where we had lunch before taking the train to Rome.

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Herculaneum Herculaneum

Herculaneum Herculaneum
House of Neptune and Amphitrite.

Herculaneum Herculaneum
Herculaneum Herculaneum
Thermae rooms.

Herculaneum

Information


  • There is a left luggage office et the entrance of Herculaneum.
  • In October 2009 the ticket for Herculaneum excavations cost 11€ (a combo ticket for 5 archaeological sites including Pompeii and Herculaneum is available).
  • Train ticket from Naples to Rome cost 20€/person (around 2h), it exists cheaper tickets (but slower) or more expensive (but faster).

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