Ercolano is a town in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania of southern Italy. It lies at the western foot of Mount Vesuvius, on the Bay of Naples, just southeast of the city of Naples. The medieval town was built on the volcanic material left by the eruption of Vesuvius (AD 79) that destroyed the ancient city of Herculaneum, from which the present name is derived.
In 1997 the Archaeological site of Herculaneum was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage together with Pompeii (How to reach Pompeii) and Oplonti and Mt. Vesuvius and the Miglio d’Oro were included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves under the Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme;
Ercolano is a resort and the starting point for excursions to the excavations of Herculaneum and for the ascent of Vesuvius.
Il Miglio d’Oro (The Golden Mile) is the leg of Corso Resina in Ercolano from the Archeological Site of Herculaneum leading to Torre del Greco where are lined the largest, the finest and the most sumptuous villas designed by the best architects of that time and built in the 18th century by the noble families of the Kingdom of Naples around the Royal Palace of Portici.
Archaeological site of Herculaneum
The archaeological site of Herculaneum is located in the Gulf of Naples, in the heart of the historic center of the modern city of Ercolano, about 10 km from Naples.
-Opening every day
From 1 April to 31 October: 8.30/9.00 – 19.30 (last entrance 18.00)
From 1 November to 31 March: 8.30 – 17.00 (last entrance 15.30)
The sites are closed on: 25 December, 1 January, 1 May
Tickets are bought at ticket counters at the site entrance or from the online ticket service.
- Herculaneum only (1 day)
Full € 11,00; Concessions: € 5,50
- The 3 sites: Oplontis, Stabiae*, Boscoreale (1 day)
Full : € 5,50; Concessions: € 2,75
- The 5 sites: Pompeii, Herculaneum , Oplontis, Stabiae*, Boscoreale (3 consecutive days)
Full : € 22,00; Concessions: € 12,00
(*) Stabiae’s Villas are free admission.
The nearest and well-connected station is the station of Naples. The best link is the line Naples-Sorrento or the line Naples-Poggiomarino of CIRCUMVESUVIANA train. There are two stops in Ercolano: ERCOLANO-SCAVI is located right near the archaeological site and the station ERCOLANO-MIGLIO D’ORO allows to visit the villas situated along the road. The trip from Naples Piazza Garibaldi to Ercolano takes about 20 minutes.
The archaeological site is 700m from the station Ercolano-Scavi in direction of the sea: leaving behind the station, proceed to the roundabout, cross it and go as far as Via IV Novembre crossing Corso Resina where is the main entrance to the archaeological site.
Trenitalia also reach aercolano, but the station is further away (archaeological site is about 1,6 km away from FS station Portici-Ercolano).
ANM Company reach Ercolano from Naples and Portici.
157 Naplea (Via Brin) – Ercolano (corso Italia)
3 Portici (via Dei Cipressi) – Ercolano (Contrada Monaco Ajello)
5 Portici (Piazza San Pasquale) – Ercolano (via Vesuvio)
176 Portici (piazza San Pasquale) – Ercolano (via Cook)
177 Portici (piazza San Pasquale) – S. Sebastiano al V. (piazza Belvedere)
M54 Pomigliano d’Arco-Portici stops in Ercolano
M56 Pomigliano d’Arco-San Giorgio a Cremano stops in Ercolano
M57 Portici-Pomigliano d’Arco (Zona Industriale) stops in Ercolano
The nearest airport is Naples-Capodichino (about 12 km). From the airport you can take a private taxi or:
1) Alibus bus from the airport to Naples Central Station (Piazza Garibaldi). Info airport connection;
2) Circumvesuviana train Naples–Sorrento or Naples Poggiomarino from Naples Central Station to Ercolano.
To reach Ercolano by car you can take highway A3 Naples-Reggio Calabria and turn off in Ercolano and follow the direction to the archaeological site. Herculaneum has a parking.
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