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Ercolano
Travel Guide

Less busy and more manageable than its neighbor Pompeii, this site at the base of Mount Vesuvius is full of archaeological and cultural marvels.

Set foot in any of the historic ruins of Ercolano, Italy to walk among the ruins of a once impressive Roman city. Early signs of democratic thinking are visible here. Slaves regularly bought their freedom and even became full citizens over time. Learn the story behind this milestone in the development of Western Civilization.

Many come to Ercolano to visit the ruins of the volcano-buried Roman city of Herculaneum. Before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, Herculaneum was a seat of wealth, but it was also where wealthy and poor lived in close proximity. Its mosaics remain vividly colored and marble still gleams throughout multiple-story buildings. Walk among these ruins and imagine what it was like to roam this beautiful city.

Spend time on Il Miglio d’Oro (The Golden Mile). See the virtuosity of Roman architects in the elaborate construction of the most lavish mansions from the ancient city. Appreciate the fine details and intact interiors of Villa Favorita, Villa Aprile and Villa Compolieto.

Enter the Museo Archeologico Virtuale to learn about the daily lives of ancient residents. The museum is a great place to get a stimulating first exposure to the area’s history.

Although the ruins are a major tourist draw, roam the Mercato di Pugliano as well. This street market attracts vendors selling vintage clothes, often for a lower price than in shops. Buy an unusual souvenir, such as an old sweater.

Combine a visit to Ercolano, 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Rome, with a trip to Pompeii and Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio. Although you can see both in one day with enough careful planning, you may want to allow for more time.

Ercolano, unlike Pompeii, is developed all the way to the most interior parts of the city. Accommodations include converted Neapolitan-style mansion hotels near the ruins. When each day is over, look out from your room onto a spectacular view of the volcano-smothered historical landmark.

Villa Signorini Events & Hotel
Villa Signorini Events & Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Roma 43, Ercolano, NA
The price is £81 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in the heart of Ercolano, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Palace of Portici, Museo Archeologico Virtuale and Herculaneum. Galleria Umberto ...

3.9/5Good! (214 reviews)
our own personal palace for a night

"What a find. An amazing place. Don't just visit the Roman ruins, 18th Century Ercolano, including the bourbon summer palace is amazing. This villa is like stepping back in time. Take the suites, its like living in your own personal palace. A truly unique experience."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Villa Signorini Events & Hotel
Hotel Puntaquattroventi
Hotel Puntaquattroventi
Via Marittima 59, Ercolano, NAPOLI
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Located in Ercolano, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.2 mi (2 km) from Herculaneum, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Vesuvius National Park and Castel ...

4.4/5Excellent! (69 reviews)
Must stay hotel

"Everything about the hotel from the staff, cleanliness of the room, breakfast exceeded our expectations"…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2020

Hotel Puntaquattroventi
Il San Cristoforo
Il San Cristoforo
Via Sacerdote Cozzolino Benedetto 29I, Ercolano, Campania
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Situated in a national park, this agritourism property is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Museo Archeologico Virtuale and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Herculaneum. Vesuvius National ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (145 reviews)

"Great service. Very clean and modern room. Pool area large and peaceful"…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Il San Cristoforo
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AgriCamping Stone Vesuvio
AgriCamping Stone Vesuvio
Via Cupa di Monti, 75, Ercolano, Napoli

Situated in Ercolano, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Herculaneum, Gulf of Naples and Pietrarsa Railway Museum. Mount Vesuvius and Piazza del Plebiscito ...

AgriCamping Stone Vesuvio
liberated villa - Herculaneum
liberated villa - Herculaneum
Via IV Novembre 124, Ercolano, Campania
The price is £45 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf of Naples and Herculaneum. Pietrarsa Railway Museum is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Ercolano ...

liberated villa - Herculaneum
Villa Durante Apartments
Villa Durante Apartments
Corso Resina 310, Ercolano, Napoli

Situated in Ercolano, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf of Naples and Herculaneum. Pietrarsa Railway Museum is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Miglio ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)

"Stayed at the Villa Durante before which is fabulous, so wanted to return to visit Pompeii and thought to try the Apartment Durante. I felt with a self catering Apt there could have been a bottle of water for a weary traveller and that such little touches and consideration were missing is disappointing. ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019

Villa Durante Apartments
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Reviews of Ercolano

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

It's very different to our way of life so I do not feel I can judge or criticise. I do think however if you want to experience the day-to-day life of the Neapolitan people, Ercolano is a good place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Boyle

1 Dec 2019

The World Heritage site at Ercolano was incredible, though you should not miss Pompeii. Highly recommended.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

The streets are very dirty and the whole place is shabby given that this is a tourist destination you'd think the local authority would inject money into it's upkeep. Although there are restaurants and bars the majority of places look unappealing.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Herculaneum and Pompei ruins very good. Trip along Amalfi coast to Positano beautiful and Sorrento lovely too. Give Naples a miss, dirty and crowded, rubbish lying everywhere, perhaps there was a strike?

4/5 - Good

Yin-Fung

26 Oct 2019

It's worth staying in Ercolano if you want to see Herculaneum and the other main historic sites. Ercolano (the modern town itself) is OK - it's mainly a commuter town for Naples. For stunning coastline, most tourists go down to the Amalfi coast.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Small streets, none too clean, but great for visiting Vesuvius and sites.

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