Herculaneum
(Ercolano).

Advance reservation for tickets to view
this incredible site of antiquity.

 
The state of preservation of some parts of this ancient Roman town is far better than at nearby Pompeii, and the perspective on how life was at the time of Vesuvius's eruption is remarkable.

Though less well-known than Pompeii, the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum was preserved in a much better state due to the volcanic mud that engulfed it and then set solid. Buildings that were much less damaged by the weight of the falling ash than those in Pompeii were uncovered in an excellent state of preservation and the excavations (only a fraction of what is still to be uncovered) offer a rare insight into the lives of the people who lived here.

Tickets are skip-the-line and include all tickets and fees, as well as entrance to any exhibitions that may be running at the time of your visit. To be clear, this ticket is for the excavations, remains and exhibits at Herculaneum (Ercolano) and does not cover the remains of Pompeii - click here for Pompeii tickets and tours.

The buttons below will give greater detail on the tickets available, but it doesn't follow that they're always available ... so please do use our calendar above to check availability!

Opening times:

Herculaneum is open every day of the year, excluding May 1st, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and opens at 8.30 AM. Closing times are as follows:

  • April to October, 8.30 AM to 7.30 PM, last entrance at 6.00 PM.
  • November to March, 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM, last entrance at 3.30 PM.

Facilities:

There is a free cloakroom at the site. During your visit you are allowed to carry a bag with maximum dimensions of 35x30x15 cm.

Ercolano park does not have a parking area, the nearest parking area is in Via dei Papiri Ercolanesi.

Pricing:

Prices include booking fees and service charges, and also cover entrance to any special exhibitions that may be showing during your visit. Anyone under the age of 18 does not need to pay the entry price; there is still, however, a charge to cover booking fees, service charges and entry to special exhibits. We are only able to make bookings of this sort if they are part of a paying group. Furthermore, EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 24 qualify for reduced price tickets.

How you'll get your tickets:

To reserve tickets for visiting Herculaneum, just fill out the booking form, give us your preference for date and time (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out/download your entry voucher. Print it out or save on your mobile device, take it with you and present it at the ticket desk ... they will swap it for your entry ticket. As simple as that!


This is a long video but it does give a very special preview of what awaits visitors to Herculaneum.