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Ercolano

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Ruins · Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings
Ercolano is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania of Southern Italy. It lies at the western foot of Mount Vesuvius, on the Bay of Naples, just southeast of the city of Naples. The medieval town of Resina - read Resìna - was built on the volcanic material left by the eruption of Vesuvius (79 CE) that destroyed the ancient city of Herculaneum, from which the present name is derived. Ercolano is a resort and the starting point for excursions to the excavations of Herculaneum and for the ascent of Vesuvius by bus. The town also manufactures leather goods, buttons, glass, and the wine known as Lacryma Christi (Tears of Christ).HistoryAncient HerculaneumAccording to legend, Herculaneum was founded by Hercules, who was returning from one of his Twelve Labours. Historically, it was most likely founded by the Oscans, an Italic tribe of the 8th century BC, and later became part of both the Etruscan and Samnite dominions. Under the control of the Romans, the city was a renowned seaside resort where some of the richest Roman citizens spent their summer vacations. It was built according to the standard model of Hippodamus of Miletus with a grid of crossing Decumans and Cardos. The houses are elegant and large and there are public buildings that are abundant and large, compared to the small number of inhabitants (estimated to be 5,000).
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Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
World heritage site
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
College of the Augustales
Ruin
College of the Augustales
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Casa Sannitica ©
Ruin
Casa Sannitica
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
House of the Grand Portal
Ruin
House of the Grand Portal
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Ercolano

Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
World heritage site
Pompeii Archaeological Park Pompeii
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Vesuvio National Park ©
Volcano
Vesuvio National Park Ottaviano
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Garden
Villa Cimbrone Gardens Ravello
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Villa Rufolo ©
Architectural Building
Villa Rufolo Ravello
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Ercolano

Casa del Rilievo di Telefo ©
Architectural Building
Casa del Rilievo di Telefo
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite ©
Ruin
Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Casa del Salone Nero ©
Ruin
Casa del Salone Nero
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Ercolano

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La Terrazza di M. Nonio Balbo
Ruin
La Terrazza di M. Nonio Balbo
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
House of the Skeleton ©
Ruin
House of the Skeleton
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Central Thermae
Ruin
Central Thermae
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Pilar ©
Church
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Pilar
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Ercolano

La Fabbrica del Divertimento didattica ed Eventi ©
Children’s Museum
La Fabbrica del Divertimento didattica ed Eventi
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo dell'Osservatorio Vesuviano ©
Science Museum
Museo dell'Osservatorio Vesuviano
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Ercolano

Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV) ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV)
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Salone della Barca di Ercolano
Specialty Museum
Salone della Barca di Ercolano
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

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