Herculaneum guide

Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an Ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the commune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is famous as one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in much of its original splendour, and for having been lost, along with Pompeii, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried it in 79 A.D. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons, which were surprisingly discovered in recent years along the seashore as it was thought until then that the town had been evacuated by the inhabitants.

Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii, possessing an extraordinary density of fine houses with, for example, far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding.

The guide

The guide to Herculaneum will lead you through the entire museum/excavation site. The guide includes descriptions of 49 of the most important excavated structures, and will provide a variety of functions.

GPS controlled area map

The guide to Herculaneum uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site – And if you allow GPS tracking, then the guide will show your exact position in the excavation site.

Description of 49 buildings

49 of the most important buildings, in the Herculaneum excavation, are described in the guide. The description are given in text that can be read out loud to you using TTS (automatic text to speech functionality) and it includes pictures from present day, markings of the specific building on a map and 3D models or sketches of what the buildings used to look like.

The background history of Herculaneum

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of Herculaneum, from the first settlement to present day.

Route planner

By using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version of the guided tour through the excavation site.

Suggested route

The guide to Herculaneum also suggests a tour through the site. This is Excavations Guides suggestions of what to see when visiting Herculaneum. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided to by using the route planner.

Audio guide

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech” the guide will read the texts in the app out loud to you, and thereby act as an audio guide. The functionality uses your devices building TTS voice, meaning that the size of the guide app to Herculaneum is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionalities available in the guided tour app for the Herculaneum by checking out our “Guide description”.

The buildings

  • The Boat-sheds
  • Terrace of M. Nonius Balbus
  • Surburban Baths
  • Sacred Area
  • Shrine Of Venus
  • So-called Shrine Of The Four Gods
  • House Of The Telephus Relief
  • House Of Deer
  • Shop of Priapus
  • Large Shop
  • Taberna Vasaria
  • Palaestra
  • House With Garden
  • House Of The Grand Portal
  • Pistrium of Patulcius Felix
  • House Of The Corinthian Atrium
  • Shop Of Plumbarius
  • House OF The Black Salon
  • Shop Ad Cucumas(Shop at the cooking pots)
  • House Of Tuscan Colonnade
  • Thermopolium
  • Shrine
  • College Of The Augustales
  • House Of The Two Atriums
  • Mens Bath
  • Womens Baths
  • House Of The Beautiful Courtyard
  • House Of Neptune And Amphitrite
  • Shop Of Neptune And Amphitrite
  • Samnite House
  • House Of The Alcove
  • House Of The Mosaic Atrium
  • House Of The Bronze Herm
  • House A Graticcio (of Wattlework)
  • House Of The Wooden Partition
  • Shop Of The Lanarius
  • Thermopolium
  • House Of The Genius
  • House Of Argo
  • House Of Aristides
  • House Of The Skeleton
  • House Of The Hotel (The Inn House)
  • Villa Of The Papyri
  • Monumental Structure
  • Bath Complex
  • House Of The Gem
  • House Of The Bicentenary
  • House Of Galba
  • Basilica Noniana

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