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.