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Visitor and background information for the ruins at Herculaneum (Ercolano).

This is tickitaly.com's information page for the ruins, remains and excavations at Herculaneum (Ercolano), one of the many attractions covered by the Pompeii and Vesuvius area pass (booking link). We also offer direct, skip-the-line access to the remains at Herculaneum here.

Opening hours:

From the 1st of April until the 31st of October the site is open every day from 8.30 AM until 7.30 PM with the last entrance being allowed up to 6.00 PM. For the rest of the year the site closes at 5.00 PM with the last entrance being granted at 3.30 PM. These are the same hours observed at the Pompeii site.

Your Pompeii pass allows full entrance to all of the ruins of Herculaneum and counts as a single entrance, just one of the 12 places covered by your pass. Ercolano is on a much smaller scale than Pompeii and takes much less time to explore; many of the structures and artworks are less damaged than those of Pompeii.

Some history:

Less famous than its neighbour Pompeii, Herculaneum (Ercolano) was destroyed in the same volcanic eruption of August 24, AD 79 but is generally preserved in a far better state and gives a clearer idea of the form of the ancient Roman town. Damaged far less by the weight of falling ash from Vesuvius, the buildings were quickly engulfed by toxic gas and boiling mud which as it solidified prevented their collapse. Subsequently sealed under an airtight layer of volcanic rock, the partially excavated town now offers a unique insight into Roman life, with many buildings still with upper stories intact and frescoes and mosaics in an excellent state of preservation.

It is thought that the first civilisation on the site of Herculaneum was founded around the end of the 6th century BC by forefathers of the Samnite tribes from the Italian mainland, after which it came under the control of the Greeks who due to its position on the gulf used it as a trading post. Dominated again from the 4th century BC by the Samnites until its participation in the Social War, it was then defeated by Titus Didius, legate to the Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and became a Roman municipium in 89 BC.

Discovered by accident nearly 1700 years after the eruption, Herculaneum has still not been fully excavated with only about a quarter of the nearly intact remains uncovered so far and many of the important public buildings still to be brought to light from under the dense layer (up to 25 metres deep) of volcanic 'tufa' covering the site.

Allow a couple of hours for a good look around and wear some sensible shoes!

Some links:

Virtual tour of Herculaneum

Official site of Herculaneum Conservation project


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Coronavirus in Italy


Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.