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Torre Del Greco

Water Parks · Landmarks · Churches
Torre del Greco is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, with a population of some 88,000. The locals are sometimes called Corallini because of the once plentiful coral in the nearby sea, and because the city has been a major producer of coral jewellery and cameo brooches since the seventeenth century.HistoryAncient and early medieval periodHistorically part of Magna Graecia, the area was first colonised by ancient Greek settlers. In Roman times, Torre del Greco was probably a suburb of Herculaneum, characterised by patrician's villas. In 79 AD the eruption of Vesuvius buried the area under debris.The Roman Villa Sora was a large and sumptuous residence, still overlooking the sea, which was buried and whose excavated remains can be seen today. It was built on multiple levels like the Villa of the Papyri and included quays on the shore. Many exquisite statues and frescos were found here in the Bourbon excavations of the 1700s which are now housed in the Palermo museum. Its size and quality implies it belonged to an important figure, possibly of the Imperial family. It was rediscovered in 1974 by the GAV Archaeological Group. Further excavations were done in 1989-92 which exposed more rooms and the remains visible today. It was found that the top floor collapsed following the eruption while the bottom floor was buried by the lava. The middle floor can be visited today.
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