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The thermal baths date back to the age of Augustus, and they were composed of two parts, the one reserved for me and the other for woman.
The central thermal baths had an important public function; it came to people’s need of washing carefully, because the running water was a privilege reserved for the very few. The access was allowed to people of all social classes, in different times and at a very low cost, within everyone’s reach. Thermal baths had also an important social function: there people talked business, met friends, did gymnastics and relaxed their spirit and body after the everyday work.
The structure of the thermal baths included the dressing-rooms for men and women, a gymnasium or a swimming-pool, then the calidarium, a bath with very hot water, the tepidarium and finally, the frigidarium, with pools of cold water closing the itinerary.
Male and female spaces show divergences of dimensions and functionality. Where the male sector had a garden for training exercises, there was a courtyard in the female part, with brick benches around the walls to advance encounters and conviviality.
The pools and the places of passage used to be decorated with flooring mosaics with predominant marine and geometric pattern.
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The MAV is located a few steps from the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum, one of the most visited sites in the world, adjacent to the historic market of Pugliano in Via 4 Novembre 44.
The Mav is easily accessible both by public transport (Circumvesuviana, Autobus, State Railways) and by car (A3 Napoli-Salerno motorway, Ercolano exit).
It is close to other places of interest in the area, including: the Vesuvian Observatory, the Vesuvian Villas of the Golden Mile and the Archaeological Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Near the hotel there are prestigious hotel complexes, restaurants, pizzerias and everything that can make a pleasant stay in Herculaneum.
From March 1st to May 31st
from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last entry)
From 1 June to 30 September
from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.30 (last entry)
From October 1st to February 28th
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00 (last entry)
MAV Museum and 3D films
€ 10.00 Adult individual ticket
€ 8.00 Under 13 ticket, over 65, students, teachers, artecard.
€ 6.00 Individual ticket
MAV for families
Visit to the museum + viewing of the film in 3D / multiD
€ 30.00 for 2 adults + 2 children
For each additional child € 7.50
Organized groups (+ 15pp)
€ 8 MAV Museum + 3D Film
Special rates for schools.
CIVES Foundation - MAV
Via IV Novembre 44 | Herculaneum
Naples - Italy
Tel. +39 081 7776843
Fax. +39 081-7323941
- How to get
Circumvesuviana: from the Central Station (Piazza Garibaldi) lines for Sorrento and Poggiomarino via Pompei stop Ercolano Scavi
Bus: lines 157 from Naples-Parking Brin and 255 from Naples - Piazza Carlo III
State Railways: Salerno-Naples line, Portici-Ercolano stop
Via Highway: A3 Napoli-Salerno exit Ercolano towards Scavi