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Herculaneum is a town that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, famous throughout the world for the archaeological excavations of the ancient Roman city.Lege...

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Herculaneum is an ancient town that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, famous all over the world for its splendid archaeological Roman excavation...

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Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Herculaneum became famous worldwide when the archaeological excavations brought the ancient splendor of this...

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Take part in a day trip that will allow you to discover the two ancient cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.In the morning you...

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Take part in a private tour and discover the fascinating archaeological site of Herculaneum with a private guide.During your visit you can a...

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Travel to the entrance of the Herculaneum ruins on a shuttle bus service from central Naples. Enter the archeological site without delay wit...

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Start your full-day tour from the historical city center of Naples where you will leave for the Herculaneum ruins. Enjoy a skip-the-line ent...

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This tour consists of a marvelous walk around the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesu...

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Explore the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's most preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried ...

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Depart comfortably from Naples and discover Herculaneum, the first archeological site discovered in the Vesuvian area back to the XVIII cent...

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Herculaneum is a town that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, famous throughout the world for the archaeological excavations of the ancient Roman city.

Legend has it that the city was founded around 600 BC by Hercules and eventually became an important trading center due to its prime location near the Gulf. The inhabitants of the town worshipped Hercules as also being the founder of the nearby Mount Vesuvius.

In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city, leaving Herculaneum buried under approximately 50-60 feet of volcanic mud and ash. It wasn't until the early 18th century that the city was discovered by a well digger. Originally, Hercules and everybody was thought to have escaped from the town prior to the disaster, but there have been around 300 skeletons discovered during the excavations.

The road to the archaeological excavations up to Torre del Greco is called the Golden Mile due to the splendid villas built alongside it in the eighteenth century.

Many tourists from all over the world come to visit the ruins of Herculaneum, as well as the neighboring city of Pompeii which was also destroyed by the same Mt. Vesuvius eruption. When entering the ruins, you can see the many fine houses of Herculaneum that consists of lavish colored mosaics, wall paintings and marble cladding.

The excavations have been included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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Herculaneum Corso Resina, 80056 Ercolano NA Naples
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