Herculaneum is not as big as Pompeii, it can be visited thoroughly in about 2 hrs.
The first approach is spectacular: all of the ancient town laying at the bottom of an archaeological hole about 60 feet deep. From the top you can see the entire excavated area at once, dominated by the Mt. Vesuvius in the background: impressive view and great pictures!
At the very bottom lays the marina, where about 300 human skeletons were found together with a fossilised boat and some fishing tools.
Crossing a modern bridge, we will start to discover the garden of the “House of the Albergo”, where quince tree were replanted following the evidence of carbonized roots of these ancient fruit tree.
Our next stop is the Council hall of the Augustali, where beautifully preserved frescoes depicting Hercules were painted.
You will visit the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, to see the wonderful mosaics decorating the outdoor ‘biclinium’ (dining room); this was probably the house of a merchant, in fact next door you have a store with its counter, containers for food and wine and the wooden shelves carbonised still hanging on the walls!
Then you will discover the Bath House (an ancient Spa), still covered with mosaics. It will introduce you to the world or Roman Daily Care and social life : a gym, a changing room, a tepid room, a hot room and at last a cold tub.
Nearby Grande Palestra – large outdoor Gym – is a glorious public sporting place to see. It still lays buried for about 3 quarters, but we can move into the cross shaped pool to feel like being an ancient archaeologist moving under the volcanic couch.
And of course not to miss is at least one of the nearly intact houses, according to availability, to admire luxurious mosaics, frescoes and statues.
Herculaneum is not as big as Pompeii, in a 2 hour visit we are able to see most of the ancient town and certainly all the highlights. Anyway each walking tour will be adjusted on the interests and walking attitude of the participants. Also be aware that this private guided walking tour has to adapt to the availability of different areas which changes daily and cannot be planned.