After listening to what researchers in the Vesuvian sites wanted most to improve their lives, the International Centre for the Study of Herculaneum has set up a "Bed & Breakfast project" among other initiatives. Perhaps not the most glamorous of projects, but certainly one that is badly needed - accommodation is all in (or near) to the modern town of Ercolano, but may also be of interest to others who are happy to commute on the convenient Circumvesuviana trains.
Your options are:
- bed & breakfast: all the B&Bs have signed up to ensure quality and fixed prices that don't change for non-Italians. The standard is high and B&Bs include: a Bourbon hunting lodge, one above the best restaurant in town, some higher up with views of the Bay of Naples and the islands, etc. Single rooms: 65 euros, double rooms: 75 euros. Pick up from the Circumvesuviana station can be arranged with the owners and to/from site (or from the airport or Naples station for a fee).
- 4* hotel: for those who want a more luxurious stay, Ercolano's new hotel is in one of the Vesuvian villas and within walking distance of site. Some university groups have enjoyed good deals for triple bedrooms - so not just for the professors!
- hostel: the cheapest option is a newly rennovated hostel, good for groups of students, and includes in-house entertainment including live music.
If anyone is interested then booking can be done through the International Centre for the Study of Herculaneum. Speak to Christian or Bianca (English or Italian) on (+39) 081 7882239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.