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Mount vesuvio and its trails

Symbol of the city of Naples, Vesuvius is a mysterious but at the same time evocative volcano that presents itself as one of the stops not to be missed during a stay in Herculaneum.

Exciting and very suggestive, a visit to the crater of Vesuvius is surely one of those experiences to be tried. Thanks to the nature trail n° 5, known as “Il Gran Cono”, it is possible to make the itinerary that runs along the lower edge of the crater of Vesuvio.


If you love archaeology, the Ercolano Archaeological Park is the first destination to visit. As in Pompeii, in Herculaneum there are ancient excavations that date back to the Roman Empire. Herculaneum was a tourist resort of the ancient Romans. 

The MAV, the Virtual Archaeological Museum, is one of the best things to see in Herculaneum. It is a different museum that allows you to discover the history of Herculaneum and its inhabitants through digital, multimedia and three-dimensional reconstructions. It’s a museum where virtual reality and tangible artifacts come together in a mind-blowing mix.

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Pugliano and Resina market

The basilica of Santa Maria a Pugliano, located in the square of the same name, is the main church of Herculaneum and the oldest church in the city and in the entire Vesuvius area. Inside the nearby archconfraternity there is the statue of the Madonna di Pugliano with Bambino Gesù, who is the saint patron of the city. 

Resina Market is one of the most famous in Southern Italy and it is located in Herculaneum, where it’s possible to find everything and going shopping. In particular, it is possible to find and buy antiques and vintage items. The Resin Market offers jeans, vintage clothes and “extravagant” products: it is no coincidence that here you can also buy carnival costumes or costumes for theatrical performances!

VESUVIO VILLAS: Campolieto AND Favorita

Golden Mile Villas are summer residences of the nobles of the nineteenth century, ancient and exceptionally beautiful to look at, built with a unique design and enriched by wonderful gardens, just a few steps from the center. 

Villa Campolieto is one of the most charming in this category. Inside the villa you can admire works by artists such as Fedele Fischetti, Gaetano Magrì and Jacopo Cestaro. 

Villa Favorita is another of the Vesuvian villas that must be visited in Herculaneum. This villa is magnificent and is surrounded by a green and relaxing natural park with access to the sea through a Bourbon pier.

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Reggia di Portici and Pietrarsa

Few kilometers far from Ercolano, you can reach Portici. In this location the Royal Palace and the Botanical Garden must absolutely be visited. It’s an elegant and timeless place that will leave you speechless with its refinement. 

The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa traces the history of trains in Campania and leads to the discovery of these fabulous means of transport, from their birth to modern times. This experience is certainly captivating and can interest anyone, it’s really worth a visit.

The National Museum of Pietrarsa is located on the border between Naples and Portici, just 3 km far from Ercolano.

Torre del Greco: port and town center

In Roman times Torre del Greco was a residential suburb of Ercolano and was home to numerous villas. Subsequently it underwent numerous changes and restorations, due to the various dominations, such as the Saracen, Swabian and Bourbon ones and the various eruptions of Vesuvius. 

City of the sea, renamed for its flowers and coral, its historic center is characterized by a wide range of shops, bars, and numerous churches including the Basilica of Santa Croce located in Piazza Santa Croce. 

The port is beautiful and panoramic, and it’s possible to admire Vesuvius, the Gulf of Naples and Capri. Meeting place for evening nightlife with typical restaurants and bars.

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