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Herculaneum small-group tour with a local guide

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 2 hours
Language: English, Italian, French
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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Follow your fully-dedicated guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Herculaneum

Explore the ruins and take amazing pictures of ancient homes, temples, and thermal baths

Tour the remains of the Roman city buried by a Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD with your small group

What to expect

Grab the unique opportunity to explore the Herculaneum archaeological area on a riveting and complete small-group tour! This experience is part of Iconic Insiders, a selection of tours designed for first time visitors to uncover what matters and get oriented in a new city. Your destination insider is a licensed guide who will offer recommendations and highlight the most visually attractive places of the itinerary.

Herculaneum, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, was a popular seaside destination and a wealthy ancient Roman center. The city was destroyed and buried under volcanic ashes during the Vesuvius eruption in 79AD. Herculaneum, which shares its tragic fate with Pompeii, was the first city in the area that was rediscovered during excavation works in 1709 and, once it was brought back to its ancient splendor, it turned into a popular attraction for scholars, curious and enthusiasts. Declared a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1997, the place offers the best examples of luxurious Roman villas, everyday life tools, and refined frescoes.

This 2-hour tour will allow you to explore the 4-hectares archaeological site admiring its wonderfully preserved ruins and learning more about the city's infamous end. Walk along the ancient paved streets to come across private villas and public buildings. Discover the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and the basilica. Access the College of the Augustales, where religious gatherings would take place. Take your time to have a closer look at the precious frescoes covering the buildings' walls and to appreciate the priceless historical, and artistic value of these remains.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

What’s included

2-hour small-group tour

Friendly and local guide

Skip-the-line entrance fees


Corso Resina, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy

Meeting point:

Meet your destination insider at the Ruins of Herculaneum ticket office.

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • You will visit in a small group of up to 16 people. The small-group size gives you a personalized experience away from the crowds
  • This is a 2-hour guided tour that only includes the archaeological site. The tour lasts 3 hours if you wish to visit both the archaeological site and the Virtual Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Virtuale). Admission to the museum requires a separate ticket that must be purchased on-site (full price: €7, reduced: €6 for under 18, over 65, students, and teachers)
  • Reduced tickets (Child 4-17) can only be purchased together with a Standard price ticket