How to prepare a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip? Pompeii and Herculaneum are two of the most visited destinations in Italy and it is easy to understand why. They are among the most sensational discoveries of all time, at least with regard to the Roman ruins and they have a wide extension and a perfect state of preservation. But the best thing for all travelers is another, organizing Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip is quite easy because they are almost 17 kilometers away, a nonentity.
But to link Pompeii and Herculaneum is not just the ridiculous distance, but above all their history. In fact, the two towns have been victims of the same eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, which destroyed them completely. Personally, I much prefer the Pompeii Ruins to the Herculaneum Ruins, they are larger and have much more to offer because Pompeii was a rich town. However, the Herculaneum Ruins are less crowded and allow a more thorough visit.
How to prepare a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip
Before explaining what to do and what to see in a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip, it is important to say that Oplontis, Pompeii and Herculaneum are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I inform you that to do a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip you will need a little bit of sacrifice, in fact, from a side the two locations are close enough, but from the other side they have a very large extension and, above all, they are not very well connected. Things to see in Pompeii and Herculaneum are really a lot, as we shall see in the next section, so you will need to wake up early enough. In particular, my choice was to decide the timetable from the outset: 9 am entrance to Pompeii until lunch, and all afternoon I visited Herculaneum until closing. Obviously my lunch was a sandwich, eaten at the station while moving between the two locations.
As I said just now, doing a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip means sacrificing most of the things to see and take a look around. So let’s ask ourselves honestly if we cannot dedicate one day to each of the two archaeological sites.
Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip, what to see
Ok, now we’re ready to start. First of all I must point out my post where I discussed what to see in Pompeii, obviously deciding to prepare a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip some of these things will have to be sacrificed. Among the things to see in Pompeii absolutely there are the House of the Faun, the Villa of the Mysteries, Imperial Villa, the Amphitheatre, and Big Theatre. In a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip I will not recommend to visit every single house and every single villa, indeed I think enjoying just a walk through the view of ancient Pompeii will be much more interesting. I only ask the effort to imagine, to feel, to understand that you are currently walking the roads that have more than 2000 years of history and which were buried by the eruption of one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world: Vesuvius.
Obviously, doing a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip after just 4 hours we will have to go to the station of Circumvesuviana line, or go to our car, and go towards Herculaneum. However I am sure that these first four hours will leave you stunned. But what to see at Herculaneum in one day? Herculaneum is much less extensive than Pompeii, but this should not give the impression that there are fewer points of interest, among these I point out: decumani (the roads), House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite House, the big house of Rilievo Telefo, the House of Two Atri. And of course, getting lost, getting lost and getting lost again among the Decumani and Cardini.
How to get in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Getting from Naples to Pompeii and Herculaneum is quite simple, in particular you will need to take the Circumvesuviana train from Garibaldi Square and get off at Pompeii or Herculaneum stops. Driving, instead will need to get into the A3 and exit at Pompeii or Herculaneum, of course it is certainly better to use a car browser. However both solutions are easy to follow.
To get to Rome to Pompeii and Herculaneum I recommend this link.
Here are two links, one for Pompeii and one for Herculaneum.
Now you know how to organize a Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip.