An entire city buried deep into the earth
Unlike Pompeii, covered by a layer of ash, Herculaneum was submerged by about a 24 meters layer of mud and lava, that preserved the city, sealing everything. Cloths and food and wood items underwent a slow transformation, remaining, however, intact, almost petrified.
Wealthy Romans enjoyed their holidays in Herculaneum, in their sumptuosus villas on the sea, and the daily life was simply amazing: let me guide you through the ancient streets, public buildings, private, luxurious homes, thermal baths, shops and many other surprises that this wonderful site has to offer!
*If you are more than 7 please ask for a customized tour.
**The tour is available as a Private Shore Excursion from the Port of Naples, Sorrento or Salerno. The price indicated is from Naples port. For the prices from Sorrento or Salerno port, please, ask for a customized tour.
Once in town, you'll walk on the original roads made of volcanic rocks.
You'll see shops on the streets with large vases built in a masonry counter: those are the Roman taverns, where the people would stop for lunch.
You will find a thermal bath, where both men and women went for daily hygiene. you will explore several houses, and in particular, according to opening times, the house that contains the only example in the world of a wooden door, carbonized. Beside many other examples of carbonized wood remainings.
You will see the beautiful frescoes in the Temple of August and in other rich houses in the city.
Not to forget the 300 skeletons found on the beach, 300 people who tried to find protection there while the Vesuvio was destroying everything.
After the tour, you could stop for a few minutes for a refreshment or souvenirs shops
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
Traffic or timetable changes might affect the duration of the tour.
Wear comfortable shoes.
The walking will be adjusted according to the group pace but still, this tour requires some resistance, especially when it is very hot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 EUR - Food, admission fees.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Lome was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Despite extremely hot weather, she made sure we saw all the highlights of Herculaneum. Her knowledge was very impressive and she gave a very nice picture of what life may have been like in 79AD. She was very thoughtful about making sure that we could hear her and had prime access to seeing all the exhibits, despite other tourist stepping in and making noise around us. She made sure we got the full value of our tour. I highly recommend her!