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  • Ercolano
    Ruins of Herculaneum
  • Ercolano
    Ruins of Herculaneum
  • Ercolano
    Ruins of Herculaneum
  • Ercolano
    Ruins of Herculaneum

Ruins of Herculaneum

this site is included in the circuit :

Napoli - Ercolano
Archaeological sites

 

Born in the archaic age and initially inhabited by an indigenous settlement, the city was later exposed to Samnitic, Greek, and Etruscan influences, up to the predominance of Roman civilisation, still today visible and in an excellent state of preservation. Situated on a volcanic plateau, sheer over the sea, Herculaneum like the other cities of Vesuvius was submerged by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which buried it beneath a layer of debris measuring up to twenty-three metres in height. The city was brought back to light during excavations conducted by the Bourbons, which started following a chance discovery in the area near the ancient theatre of Herculaneum. What remains of the ancient Bourbon tunnels testifies to the by-now outdated excavation technique by parallel galleries which, however, is a fascinating sight to observe. The excavations offer the visitor the possibility to observe the urban fabric, the distribution of houses, several of which occupy scenographic locations facing the sea, the magnificent baths complex, the sumptuous palaestra and the monumental basilica. The perfect state of preservation of wood elements, bronze artefacts and, especially, of the facades of houses, offers a complete picture of residential housing, which enables the reconstruction of everyday life, the style of living, and the various styles of Vesuvian painting.

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How to reach the site

Ercolano, Corso Resina, 1, Via Alveo 
Circumvesuviana train: 
line Napoli-Sorrento
line Napoli-Poggiomarino
line Napoli-Torre Annunziata
Ercolano station

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for individuals
educational tours for groups
educational tours for schools
bookshop
cloak room
accessible site

Partial access for movement disabilties.

 

ATTENTION PLEASE!

We inform all visitors that, in order to protect the frescoes and the environments of the archaeological areas of competence of this Superintendence and in order to guarantee safety of everybody, is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to introduce inside the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale, handbags, backpacks, luggage, cases, larger than 30x30x15 cm.

Visitors can leave their bags and personal belongings at the free locker room at the access gates. 

However, during some periods the sites are very crowded and the locker room may not contain the baggage of all visitors, it appeals to the sense of cooperation of each person to ensure that the new measures can be fully applicated.

In particular, teachers accompanying school groups are kindly required to make sure that students leave their bags on the bus or the other means of transport they use to reach the excavations.

Info and Reservation

Schools : 

Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

+39 06 399 67 850 


NEWS 
_Sunday   Each first Sunday of the month free admission for all visitors to the site during the ordinary opening time.    

Ruins of Herculaneum

Ercolano

Coopculture

Ticket Office

The entrance fees may change in conjunction with exhibitions and / or special events.

Admission ticket

Full:

11.00 

€ 20.00 Biglietto 5 siti, Pompei, Ercolano, Boscoreale, Oplontis, Stabiae _ valido 3 giorni/ valid for  3 days

 

Reduced:

5.50 

€ 10.00 Biglietto 5 siti Pompei, Ercolano, Boscoreale, Oplontis, Stabiae valido 3 giorni/ valid for 3 days

 

UE members between 18 and 24 years old

Others
    • citizens aged between 18 and 24 years old of the European Union under the law 28.09.1999 n. 275, and subsequent amendments through ministerial letters.
      Austria,Belgio, Bulgaria, Cipro, Danimarca,Estonia,Finlandia, Francia, Germania, Grecia,Irlanda,Italia, Lettonia, Lituania, Lussemburgo, Malta, Olanda, Polonia, Portogallo, Regno Unito, Repubblica Ceca, Romania, Slovacchia, Slovenia, Spagna, Ungheria, Confederazione Svizzera (Svizzera, Norvegia, Liechtenstein, Islanda).
    • European Union state teachers;

Free: European and non-European people under 18 
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month

Others Free Condition
    • tour guides from the European Union practising their professional activity ;
    • tour interpreters from the European Union practising their professional activity ;
    • employees of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities ;
    • members of ICOM (International Council of Museums);
    • members of ICCROM (International organization for conservation of cultural heritage);
    • reserved school groups from European Union schools, accompanied by one teacher every 10 students;
    • teachers and students of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities from the European Union; 
    • students enrolled in these specialisations of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and of degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a - specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities and doctorate students in the aforementioned disciplines;
    • Socrates and Erasmus students of the aforementioned disciplines;
    • teachers and students of Fine Arts Academies from the European Union;
    • teachers of Art History in Upper Secondary Schools;
    • students of the following schools: Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico;
    • journalists in the italian national register or any other journalist from a foreign country, only for work porpouses and according to a valid document proving the given professionalism;
    • disabled persons and a companion from the European Union;
    • members of volunteer work associations of the Cultural Heritage;

Cards

The site is included in Campania Artecard 

Ticket and Admission Presale

Schools
  • Required, € 10.00 up to 50 people

School online reservation fee


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Ruins of Herculaneum

Ercolano

Coopculture

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Didactic tours

Individuals
  • ATTENTION PLEASE!

    We inform all visitors that, in order to protect the frescoes and the environments of the archaeological areas of competence of this Superintendence and in order to guarantee safety of everybody, is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to introduce inside the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale, handbags, backpacks, luggage, cases, larger than 30x30x15 cm.
    Visitors can leave their bags and personal belongings at the free locker room at the access gates. 
    However, during some periods the sites are very crowded and the locker room may not contain the baggage of all visitors, it appeals to the sense of cooperation of each person to ensure that the new measures can be fully applicated.
     

Groups
  • ATTENTION PLEASE!

    We inform all visitors that, in order to protect the frescoes and the environments of the archaeological areas of competence of this Superintendence and in order to guarantee safety of everybody, is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to introduce inside the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale, handbags, backpacks, luggage, cases, larger than 30x30x15 cm.
    Visitors can leave their bags and personal belongings at the free locker room at the access gates. 
    However, during some periods the sites are very crowded and the locker room may not contain the baggage of all visitors, it appeals to the sense of cooperation of each person to ensure that the new measures can be fully applicated.

Schools
  • ATTENTION PLEASE!

    We inform all visitors that, in order to protect the frescoes and the environments of the archaeological areas of competence of this Superintendence and in order to guarantee safety of everybody, is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to introduce inside the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale, handbags, backpacks, luggage, cases, larger than 30x30x15 cm.
    Visitors can leave their bags and personal belongings at the free locker room at the access gates. 
    However, during some periods the sites are very crowded and the locker room may not contain the baggage of all visitors, it appeals to the sense of cooperation of each person to ensure that the new measures can be fully applicated.
    In particular, teachers accompanying school groups are kindly required to make sure that students leave their bags on the bus or the other means of transport they use to reach the excavations.


  • Educational activities:

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Ruins of Herculaneum

Ercolano

Coopculture

Hours

Open

08.30 - 17.00

from 1 November to 31 March

08.30 - 19.30

from 1 April to 31 October

Closed

1 January,  May 1st and  25 December

Ticket Office

One hour and half before closing time

 

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