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Private Vesuvius Herculaneum and Pompeii Tour from Positano

Pompeii Herculaneum Vesuvius Private Day Trip from Positano
Duration 9 hours
Tours and Sightseeing

Take a private day trip from Positano to Vesuvius and explore Pompeii and Herculaneum with your own guide. The excursion will be provided with a private vehicle.

Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, two archeological sites south of Naples, then climb Mount Vesuvius to see the breathtaking vistas of the Gulf of Naples.

Start your private day tour from Positano to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius by meeting your private driver in the lobby of your hotel in order to enjoy your full-day excursion in comfort.

Enjoy Pompeii with a personal, knowledgeable, and authorized guide who will take you on a walking tour of the excavations, or "scavi," and who will explain the significance of this important city that Vesuvius erupted and buried on the morning of August 24, 79 A.D.

Pompeii was completely covered in 30 feet of volcanic ash after the eruption and that coverage was retained. Pompeii is a big town with about 20.000 population.

The Casa del Fauno, one of the largest and most impressive private residences in the city, the Forum, the center of Pompeii's religious and commercial life, the Termopolium, an ancient inn where guests from other nations could eat and buy wine, and the Lupanare, known for its erotic paintings, are some of the most notable structures in the city.

Your driver will take you to Mount Vesuvius, where you may climb to the top of the only active volcano in continental Europe and tour the crater to take in the breathtaking views of the entire Gulf of Naples.

After a quick pause for a small lunch (payable locally), your excursion next takes you to Herculaneum for a visit with your guide.

The current Ercolano neighborhood, located south of Naples and north of Pompeii, is where the remnants of the Roman "Herculaneum" may be found.

Because the ruins at Herculaneum are well-preserved and much smaller than those in Pompeii, it is very practicable to walk around the entire excavation and take in all the sites.

In contrast to Pompeii's predominately one-story constructions, here in Herculaneum, private dwellings and public structures had two or even three storeys and made extensive use of wood in doors, staircases, beams, and shutters.

Put on some comfortable walking shoes, it's advised.

- Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Positano
- Visit of Pompeii and Herculaneum Unesco World Heritage Sites
- Private chauffeured Mercedes vehicle at disposal
- Time at disposal to visit Mount Vesuvius




9 hours

Start Time Private Tour:  
Morning Tour

Meeting Point:
At the lobby of your Hotel in Positano

- Pick up at your hotel in Positano
- Skip the Line Tickets of Pompeii and Herculaneum 
- Private local guide in Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Private chauffeured Mercedes vehicle at disposal
- Admission tickets Mt. Vesuvius. The ticket includes vulcanological guide service.
- Drop off at your hotel in Positano

- Gratuities (optional),
- Meals and Beverage

More of 6  persons rates on request.


  • Why is Herculaneum not as famous as Pompeii?

Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was a Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Despite sharing a similar fate, Pompeii is much more famous and extensively studied compared to Herculaneum for several reasons:

1. Size and Preservation: Pompeii was a larger and more populous city compared to Herculaneum. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii under a deep layer of volcanic ash and pumice, preserving much of the city's structures, artifacts, and even some organic materials like wooden objects and plaster casts of victims. In contrast, Herculaneum was buried under a thick layer of volcanic mud (lahar), which solidified over time, creating a more challenging excavation process. Additionally, Herculaneum's coastal location meant that parts of the ancient town were later submerged due to geological shifts, further complicating preservation efforts.

2. Excavation History: Pompeii was rediscovered in the 18th century during excavations funded by the Bourbon king of Naples. These excavations captured the public's imagination and sparked widespread interest in the ancient world. Herculaneum, on the other hand, was discovered in the 18th century as well, but the initial excavations were less extensive, and the site received less attention compared to Pompeii. It wasn't until the 20th century that more systematic excavations of Herculaneum began.

3. Tourism and Accessibility: Pompeii's accessibility from Naples and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site have made it a popular tourist destination for centuries. The extensive ruins of Pompeii are easier to navigate and explore compared to Herculaneum, which has a smaller excavation area and fewer visitor facilities.

4. Historical Significance: Pompeii's size, wealth, and cultural significance as a Roman city have contributed to its fame and historical importance. The wealth of archaeological finds in Pompeii has provided valuable insights into daily life, art, architecture, and urban planning in the ancient Roman world. While Herculaneum also offers significant archaeological insights, its smaller size and less extensive excavation mean that it hasn't received as much attention in historical and scholarly circles.

Overall, while both Pompeii and Herculaneum suffered similar fates due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii's larger size, better preservation, historical significance, and accessibility have made it more famous and extensively studied compared to Herculaneum. However, ongoing excavations and research continue to shed light on the unique history and significance of both ancient Roman towns.

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