Explore the spectacular ruins of Herculaneum from home on our virtual tour
Price 10 €
duration 1.5 hours
Discover the extraordinary remains of ancient Herculaneum on our virtual tour of one of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites. Engulfed by choking clouds of ash spewed out by Mount Vesuvius in the devastating eruption of 79 AD, Herculaneum is better preserved than neighbouring Pompeii despite being less well-known. The 16 metres of ash and scalding mud that buried the city in an instant paradoxically saved Herculaneum from the ravages of time. Our virtual tour with expert archaeologist Francesca is a perfect opportunity to recreate this ancient city in detail - superbly decorated villas, temples, baths and more paint a rich picture of life in antiquity, whilst the skeletons of Herculaneum’s citizens trapped on an ancient seashore as they vainly sought to escape the eruption offers a human face to the distant tragedy. Our virtual tour of Herculaneum is the ideal companion to our Pompeii tours - book your place today!
Hi I’m Francesca! I was born and raised in Naples, a licensed tour guide and mother of two nearly teenaged children. Living in Naples, such a colorful and often chaotic city, has in some way brought my five senses alive. So when I lead a tour I tell stories about history, culture, local traditions but also about the smells and sounds of the city to stimulate all of your senses. I especially love doing this when I’m in the ancient towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii, where people need a little imaginative push to really smell and hear the urban spaces of the distant past. I’m really grateful to have a job that allows me to always be surrounded by history and art, and my region of Campania offers it all - from prehistoric times to modern urban art! Working with Through Eternity for many years has allowed me to meet people with many different interests and backgrounds, and my best reward is when I know that they will be traveling back home with a bag full of memories that I had a little part in creating!
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group!
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (7 reviews)
Our experience was extremely positive. Francesca Guadagno was very knowledgeable, her presentation was organized and her personality was engaging. She maintained her enthusiasm throughout the tour. We would use her as an actual tour guide when we finally get to Italy. Some pluses that we noted: * the comparisons between Herculaneum and Pompeii were very interesting - pyroclastic flows vs ash and its results * The amazing information on art and decorating * Information on the society of the time - baths, leisure, male and female roles. Very valuable A few suggestions * have some short videos: ex. a pan from the surface of Herculaneum to the current surface to emphasize the amount of material that buried the city * shorten the information on the discovery history. The European history was interesting but our 14 year old didn't have enough background to appreciate it. If we were on an actual tour and walking around the city it would have been fine. Our thanks to Francesca. Mary and Michael
Herculaneum! Who Knew??
I'd never even heard of Herculaneum, but I signed up for the tour out of curiosity when a friend recommended it, and I loved it! Francesca is an expert guide and it was fascinating to learn all about this little city and how it was sadly destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius along with Pompeii. We always hear about Pompeii, but Herculaneum has just as much of a story. Francesca gave an excellent presentation of it all - before, during (as far as archeologists can tell), and after the eruption. There were lots of photos and drawings with intriguing details. I highly recommend this tour!