Don't miss it.
Favorite thing: Herculaneum is a don't miss in Italy. While Pompeii is vaster, Herculaneum's sights are much more condensed and better preserved. One villa has a virtually intact ceiling in a room. The baths are in a fine state of preservation; the Temple to the Devine Augustus enchanting. For the sore of feet, it is not nearly so spread out as Pompeii. While Herk can be done in a half day, we took nearly a day to examine everything. The only negative is that most of the best mosaics, frescos, and statuary have been removed to the National Archeological Museum in Naples (also a do not miss). However, this is also true of Pompeii and Rome.
Fondest memory: If you are interested in Rome or roman history, you cannot miss Herculaneum. The statue of Balbus in front of the public baths shows how Romans created statues in layers.
Campania Arte Card
Favorite thing: The Campania Arte Card is a great way to explore Campania's many attractions and archaeological sites. Here's what you need to know in order to take advantage of this deal:
Anyone can use the full-price Arte Card. The reduced-rate card for those 18-25 can only be purchased by people residing in EU countries or countries with a reciprocal agreement with Italy. This does not include American and Canadian citizens. For childen, it is less expensive to simply pay the reduced children's rate at the site entrance.
The three-day card includes free admission to the first two sites and half price admission to any others, plus transportation. You can travel on the local transportation system (Circumvesuviana train, local busses, one return trip on the Metro del Mare's Line 1 and one trip on the airport bus). The three-day card costs EUR 25 for adults or EUR 18 for those 18-25 (see above).
The seven-day card includes free admission to all the sites for a week, but no transportation. It costs EUR 28 for adults and EUR 21 for those 18-25 (see above). If you're moving to the area, a year-round card is also available.
The card is available for purchase at the entrance to the sites, usually in the bookstore or information center. Once you buy the card, write your name and the date on the back and go to the ticket window, where they will activate your card.
You can enter each site only once using the card. No repeat vists are allowed.
Popular sites include Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and it's museum, and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Included are also a variety of discounts on local services and tourist attractions.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Where is Herculaneum located?
This gives you a rough idea where Herculaneum / Ercolano is located. Click on the map, so you can see the red little dot.
Herculaneum is located in the region of Campania, just south of Naples, or maybe better said, in the city of Naples. It is 6 kilometres to the south for the city centre and easily reached by train.
From Sorrento to Herculaneum is about 45 kilometres. But beware, this is a very busy and winding road. An good alternative for the car is going by train.