Everyone should visit Pompeii once in their lifetime, but it’s Herculaneum that you’ll want to revisit again and again.
A wealthy Roman town to Pompeii’s bustling port city, Herculaneum is much smaller than its more famous neighbor, but it packs just as much punch. Its compactness makes it easier to manage, especially for little ones and there are far fewer visitors, a lot more shade and the site boasts a number of features that are not resident in Pompeii like wooden details, second stories and in-situ frescoes.
Entry to Herculaneum, which is nestled below the modern day city of Ercolano, is via a fantastic promenade that overlooks the ancient city and offers the visitor the rare opportunity to see an expansive view of Roman urban planning.
– Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
– A map and information booklet are available to download or can be picked up at the ticket office. Audio guides are also available.
– The famed papyrus scrolls from the Villa dei Papyri can be seen at the Biblioteca Nazionale.