Herculaneum Mural
Herculaneum Sight Overview
Herculaneum Statue

HERCULANEUM PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR – APPROX. 2 HOURS

Your driver, who is also your guide will pick you up from the cruise port, airport or accommodation. If it is at one of the ports he will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. He helps you get in the adapted vehicle by means of a ramp. When everyone is sitting comfortably, your Herculaneum tour begins.
When Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, more was wiped off the map than just the famous Pompeii. On the other side of Mount Vesuvius, about 17 km from Pompeii, there was Herculaneum. A small town that probably had about 5,000 residents. This town was covered by a thick layer of lava and mud, while Pompeii endured a crushing layer of lava and ash.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Private tour Herculaneum
  • For more information about the accessibility of Herculaneum, click here

Accessibility Herculaneum

This mud made that Herculaneum got much better preserved than its big brother. When you enter the sight you can see the painted walls, remains of streets and houses. And stores with amphoras, that are still waiting for customers after 2000 years. All fully intact.

Herculaneum is mostly step-free. There is an accessible path above the sight that gives a good view of this ancient buried town. From there you can go down via a big ramp. Below, the streets, sidewalks, and buildings are mostly step-free. Some areas contain many steps. You can avoid these by staying on the main roads. When you look up you will see Mount Vesuvius emerge in the background.
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About Herculaneum

 

Herculaneum is about 10 times smaller than Pompeii and is much better preserved. Because of the size, it is also much easier to explore when you are in a wheelchair or have reduced mobility.
The reason why Herculaneum is so well preserved is because of the way it got destroyed. Where Herculaneum was covered by a thick layer of mud. That petrified over time and enclosed everything in a vacuum. Pompeii was covered by a more “airy” layer of ash and pumice that was not airtight.
The thick mud layer had a very special consequence for the legacy of the city. Archaeologists have found remains of cheese, bread, fruit, clothing. All in charred form though. Nothing can survive a mud and lava flood of 500-550°c.