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Highlights

Meet your driver and start your discovery of the Ancient Herculaneum. Step back 2000 years and get immersed in a Roman Town buried under 60 feet of volcanic debris during the Roman Empire. You private guide will introduce you to Herculaneum ancient houses, its shops, taverns, Bath Houses and more. You will have the chance to enjoy  unique mosaics, frescoes and…skeletons!

Included

Mercedes private vehicle with a professional driver, all taxes, fuel, parking fees and pay tolls.

Extra

Admission fees to Herculaneum.

Optional

Private tour guide in Herculaneum or for the entire tour, Skip the line tickets (if any guide option selected), Herculaneum 4kids option.

Meeting place

Where requested in Naples, Sorrento or Salerno (please be aware that the length of the tour will vary in base of the starting point).

Wheelchair friendly

Herculaneum has some facilities for wheel-chair users. Not everything can be visited by wheel-chair but it certainly is better than Pompeii from this point of view.

Dress code

Casual with comfortable shoes.

Additional info

The duration of this tour is approximately 3,5 hours from Naples, 4 hours from Salerno and 4,5 hours from Sorrento (we always guarantee a 2 hours visit of the archaeological site).

This half day tour can be combined with a visit to Pompeii or with drive to Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast.

The tour involves walking on uneven surfaces as well as some steps.

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Practical Info

Your private driver will meet you in Naples, Sorrento or Salerno where requested.

Along the road you can see and feel the towering presence of Mt Vesuvius.

The first approach at Herculaneum Excavations is absolutely spectacular: the ancient town laying beneath you at the bottom of an archaeological hollow about 70 feet deep;  in front of you the impressive silhouette of Mt Vesuvius, behind you the clear light blue of the Bay of Naples and its islands. The perfect spot for great pictures!

The availability of buildings open to the public changes continuously, the following is just an example of a possible itinerary.

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 hollow about 60 feet deep. From the top you can see the entire excavated area at once, dominated by the impressive bulk of Mt. Vesuvius in the background: a stunning view and a great photo opportunity!

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 you can admire beautifully preserved frescoes depicting Hercules.

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 the Grande Palestra – large outdoor Gym – 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 an ancient archaeologist moving under the volcanic couch.

And of course not to be missed is at least one of the nearly intact private houses, according to availability, where to admire luxurious mosaics, frescoes and statues.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
17th August 2017

We contacted Leisure Italy about 10 days prior to getting to Naples hoping to find a better option than the ship’s excursions. Leisure Italy did not disappoint. We booked a private tour of Herculaneum with a follow on stop at a Cameo Shop, including guide and driver for a very reasonable price. Our guide Lavinia was outstanding, charming, knowledgeable, and excellent English. With her help, the ancient city seemed to come to life before your eyes. She timed our arrival at the cameo shop so that we avoided the five tour buses that stopped earlier and we had the entire shop to ourselves. Can’t say enough good about her. Our driver Alfonso got us to both stops quickly and safely and his English is flawless. Avoid the crowds and save some money–book Leisure Italy.

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