The excavations at Herculaneum
The excavations at HerculaneumVia IV Novembre 1
80056 Ercolano, NA
The excavations at Herculaneum can be viewed not only as a tourist attraction, but also as probably the most important witness of the human past.
In the wake of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD the city of Pompeii was destroyed by ash and rock while Herculaneum was covered and preserved by its unique high temperature by a pyroclastic flow.
This has been illustrated in an edition of National Geographic as part of a major documentary about Herculaneum and Pompeii , which states: "In Ercolano excellent art work was excavated and the extraordinary thing is that even everyday objects like a lamp may be referred to a work of art .Herculaneum is perfect for imaging yourself how the world of the Roman Empire must have been. The high temperatures of pyroclastic flow have charred all organic material instantaneously, all the wood was literally cooked and preserved, which allowed the large trove of furniture. The conserved furniture worldwide are almost unique, there are a few findings in other places such as in the Egyptian desert which were preserved either in water or dried, but that finds from Herculaneum are preserved almost in its original condition , only blackened. "
What characterizes the excavations at Herculaneum are not only exceptionally well-preserved pieces but also the equipment of the houses. Those houses were already provided with a well-functioning sewage system and it was also a hot and cold water connection available - for this comfort the rest of Europe had to wait until the 15th century.
Any visitor to the excavations of Herculaneum will be captured by the emotions and the passion of this special place and will get an idea of what life was like 2000 years ago has taken place in one of the most beautiful and cherished cities of the Roman Empire .
Address: Corso Resina, 1-80056 Ercolano (NA)
Information office: 081-8575347
Ticket office: 081-7777008
8:30 to 19:30 (April to October: last admission 18:00);
8:30 to 17:00 (November to March: last admission 15:30).
Single day ticket: 11 EUR, reduced price 5.50 EUR
3-day combo ticket for 5 places to visit (Pompeii, Ercolano, Oplonti, Stabia, Boscoreale): 20 EUR, reduced price 10 EUR