Pompeii was the most fantastic thing i had seen untill i went to herculanium. It is simply amazing (and thankfully a lot smaller than Pompeii). It is very easy to get to from sorrento. Just get the Circumvesuviana train and get off at Eculano. when you come out of the station it is just a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the bottom of the road opposite the station and the entrance is straight facing you. you can not go wrong as it is sign posted all the way.
Entrance to Herculaneum, Pompeii is e11.00 and entrance to the museum at naples is e9.00
For visitors from Euopean countries under 18 years of age and over 65 years entrance is free but You must have evidence of age (i.e a passport) with you, visitors between 18 and the day before their 25th birthday entrance is half price. but ONLY IF RESIDENT IN EUROPE.. Various other passes ect can be purchased at various prices (3 day passes to all 5 ancient sites (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) are e20.00
November - March. Every day from 8.30 am to 5 pm. (last admission 3.30 pm)
April - October. Every day from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm. (last admission 6 pm)
Closed on January1st, May 1st and December 25th
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Herculanium, i found was more interesting than Pompei. Avoid the hotel/holiday reps organized trips, they are very expensive, take the train, and enjoy at your liesure at a fraction of the cost of the arranged trip.
It's easy to get to Herculaneum from Sorrento via the local 'Circumvesuviana' train service to the modern town of Ercolano. It's a 10 minute walk from the station down to the excavations.
Far less of Herculaneum has been excavated than Pompeii. It is estimated that the overall area enclosed by the walls was 20 hectares, of which only 4.5 are open.
It was buried in volcanic mud, rather than the ash which covered Pompeii (likened to rice crispies by our guide) which has led to the preservation of organic artifacts (fabrics, furniture and the structural parts of wooden buildings, including upper floors).
Make sure you have a bottle of water and a hat if visiting in the summer - it gets very hot.
Herculaneum can be combined with Pompeii for an excellent day-trip. It was a smaller town than Pompeii, with fewer residents and more wealthy residents. Buildings in Herculaeum are very well-preserved, and there are many samples of preserved organic materials including wood, rope and cloth. Upon entering the site you descend down and around the city, offering an exceptional birds-eye view of the site.
To reach Herculaneum, take the Circumvesuviana train to the Ercolano stop. Trains leave Sorrento every thirty minutes. Make sure to get the right train when you're coming back!
Both are great. Herculaneaum is smaller but better conserved and you really get the feeling of everyday life at the moment of the devastating eruption in AD79.
A discount ticket is available from the ticket booths if you intend visiting them both.
Easy access by Circumvesuviana trains.