Herculaneum excavation area, history and places of interest
Visiting the excavations of Herculaneum:
In the archaeological area of the Herculaneum excavations it is possible to visit the ancient Roman city, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and buried for several centuries. It was not until a thousand years later, during the Bourbon rule of Naples, that the remains of this city were uncovered during excavations related to the Bourbon explorations.
The excavations carried out have brought to light only a part of what was the ancient city of Herculaneum, which to this day can be visited for the greater part of the archaeological park: at the excavations of Herculaneum one can view the ancient dwellings of the imperial age and get a real idea of what life was like in those years.
Herculaneum is a place dense with history, a Roman city, according to legend founded by Hercules (hence the name) that suffered, as is well known, the same fate as Pompeii, being buried by the fury of Vesuvius following an eruption.
Unlike Pompeii, Herculaneum’s excavations can be visited in just a few hours.