How to Spend the Perfect Tour Day in Herculaneum
by Giuseppe Morvillo
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by Giuseppe Morvillo
How to Spend the Perfect Day Tour in Herculaneum
Planning to visit the Herculaneum Ruins while on holiday in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast? Named after the mythical Greek God, Hercules, the Herculaneum Ruins just like the must see Pompeii Ruins, was buried beneath 16 metres of ash after the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius and to this date is also one of the most preserved sites of the world. Although it isn’t as well known or as large as the Pompeii Ruins, Herculeneum’s Ruins are very impressive and definitely worth visiting!
The Ruins of Herculenum have been magically conserved over the years and to this date, even objects such as beds and doors have managed to not decay under all of the layers of ash. If you’re a lover of culture and Roman history and looking from the perfect Sorrento to Herculaneum tour, this is the perfect experience for you.
Our Herculaneum Ruins Tours
Unlike Pompeii, a Tour of Herculaneum can take around 2 – 3 hours so is perfect if you’re limited for time or travelling with children. Our Herculaneum Private Tour includes a professional and English speaking private driver who will accompany you to and from your accommodation or hotel throughout the day, you will also have the option to add on a licensed multilingual tour guide during your visit which includes the entrance fee to Herculaneum and fast track access to avoid queuing at the entrance, a great option for those who are limited for time or travelling with small children.
If you have chosen to add on a licensed guide, they are also very child friendly and will be able to keep your children entertained and engaged throughout the walking tour, giving them a more exciting experience of learning about the history of these ruins. Our half day tour also gives you the option to combine two experiences in one which is a great choice if you’d like to make the most out of your time here in Italy. For Example:
Best Time to Visit Herculaneum
The Sorrento to Herculaneum Tour, can be done anytime throughout the year however the time to visit is from May to September, due to the face that the Herculaneum Ruins being located in a deep archeological hole so during the winter months there is a lack of natural light. If visiting in the Summer months we also recommend bringing lots of suncream and sunhats to protect you from the heat due to the very little shade available.
How to Get to Herculaneum
Whether you’re visiting Herculaneum from Sorrento or wondering how to get to Herculaneum from Naples, there are a number of ways you can reach the famous Herculaneum Roman ruins.
- By Private Driver: The fastest and most comfortable way to reach the Herculaneum Ruins official site is by Private Driver, this option is also included in our Herculaneum Half Day Private Tour. Our professional and English speaking driver will collect you from your hotel or accommodation in a comfortable air conditioned Mercedes mini van, and transport you throughout the day. The journey from Sorrento to Herculaneum will take approximately 1 hour and is recommended from families travelling with children.
- By Train: If you’re wanting to get the train from Sorrento to Herculaneum you need to take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento train station which runs directly from Sorrento to Naples, in less than 40 minutes you’ll arrive at Ercolano train station. However, if you’re looking to get the train from Naples to Herculaneum you can take the tran from Napoli Garibaldi (Naples Central Station) to Ercolano which takes around 20 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is it to get into Herculaneum?
Herculaneum entrance tickets are 11€ (full price), 5,50€ (18-25 years) and free from those under 18 years old.
Are there any trains from Sorrento to Herculaneum?
Yes, getting from Sorrento to Herculaneum by train is very easy, you need to take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento train station which runs directly from Sorrento to Naples, in less than 40 minutes you’ll arrive at Ercolano train station.
Where is Herculaneum located?
The ancient Roman city of Herculaneum is located in Italy’s Campania region, southwest of the city of Naples.
Are there any trains from Naples to Herculaneum?
Yes, getting from Naples to Herculaneum by train takes 40 minutes if you take the Circumvesuviana train.
Are there any other ruins near Herculaneum to visit?
Yes, close to Herculaneum you can also visit the ruins of Pompeii, this town was also destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. If you have booked one of our half day tours, you can also have the option of adding on a visit to the Pompeii Ruins after visiting Herculaneum Ruins.
Should I buy Herculaneum tickets in advance?
During the summer months and peak season it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance to avoid crowds and queuing.
Are the Herculaneum Ruins suitable for children?
Yes we would definitely recommend this tour for children, the guides are experienced and very child friendly, they will be able to keep your children engaged and entertained throughout the tour with games and prizes all while teaching them some history about this famous site.