Archaeological Area of Herculaneum

Local nameScavi di Ercolano
LocationNaples, Italy

Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the comune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy.

Herculaneum is one of the few ancient cities to be preserved more or less intact, with no later accretions or modifications. Like its sister city, Pompeii, Herculaneum is famous for having been buried in ash, along with Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale, during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Unlike Pompeii, the pyroclastic material that covered Herculaneum carbonized and thereby preserved wood in objects such as roofs, beds and doors as well as other organic-based materials such as food.

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Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Departure Options

Opening hours

Apr - Octr: 8.30 am - 7:30 pm
Nov - Mar: 8.30 am - 5 pm
Last admission 90 min prior to closing time
Closed on: 1 Jan , 1 May, 25 Dec


Full: € 11,00
Concessions: € 5,50

More information and contact


Official website

More information on UNESCO's website


Phone +39 081 8575111

Address Corso Resina, 187 80056 Ercolano, Italy

Coordinates 40°48'16.767" N 14°20'50.382" E

Tours and activities: Archaeological Area of Herculaneum

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