After visiting Pompeii back in 2018 during our trip to Naples, we knew we had to come back to this area to see Herculaneum. We had spent so much time in Pompeii and then had a trip up Mount Vesuvius that we completely ran out of time.
The train from Sorrento took an hour and cost about €2 each, each way. It should be noted that this train can get very busy. Take some water as it does get very warm due to lack of air conditioning.
One thing to take into consideration is that there are two stops, Ercolano and Ercolano Scavi. Depart at the latter and you are just a short walk from the site.
Herculaneum, an ancient Roman coastal town destroyed by the pyroclastic flows caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79AD. Famous for its well preserved buildings, frescoes, paintings and the skeletons of people fleeing the eruption found in the 1980s.
Herculaneum, A Selection Of Photos
We spent a good few hours here just wandering from building to building. Unlike Pompeii it was nowhere near as busy. Therefore we found it more enjoyable but just as beautiful if not better. Some of the frescoes here were mind blowing. Take a look for yourself in this selection of photos.
The Skeletons Of Ercolano
The skeletons of people fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius were found sheltering in boat sheds in 1982. It was believed everyone had escaped until this discovery was made.
We hope you enjoyed these photos, we have many more to share. One final image we will share with you is this. An eerie photo of Vesuvius looking down over the new town of Ercolano and the ancient Roman town buried underneath. You get a better idea of just how much ash and pumice covered over the area by the way the excavations are dug out. The new town built on top.