Attention lovers of antiquity!

This 2.5-hour walking tour will introduce you to the ancient town of Herculaneum, or Ercolano, as it is known today. Engulfed by the toxic gases and mud of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, this historic Roman town was hidden until the 18th century. Excavation and conservation revealed a fascinating historic site well worth visiting on your Roman holiday.

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Herculaneum attests to a rich life with its many buildings and their detailed frescoes and mosaics. The villas of wealthy Romans who vacationed by the sea still stand as a testament to a sumptuous lifestyle. Some of the spectacular ruins you will see include the House of the Mosaic Atrium, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and the House of the Deer. Continuing on our walk we will visit the Decumanus, the Palestra, the Basilica and the Thermal Baths of the Forum.

Herculaneum was a luxurious residential Roman city. As you sightsee, you will notice wood beams and furnishings that have been remarkably preserved by the carbonization that took place beneath the volcanic ash. A testament to the opulence and style enjoyed by the ancients, these elements also exemplify the architectural acumen of the people.

A native guide fluent in English will conduct your Herculaneum Tour, and your circuit of the excavations will be fun an informative. As with all outdoor excursions, you will need to be mindful of the terrain and climate. Please wear comfortable shoes and have a sunhat or umbrella for rugged walking and summer temperatures that may climb to 100º f.

Experience a bygone era, captured for posterity in a cataclysmic instant when you reserve your place on the Herculaneum Walking Tour.


  • Duration: approximately 2.5 hours
  • When: everyday
  • Dressing code: comfortable, bring a hat in the hot summer days.

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