The Vesuvian Area
Amidst archaeological wonders, enogastronomic delights and local arts and crafts, Where Naples takes you in discovery of the area lying at the foot of Mount Vesuvius
Amidst archaeological wonders, enogastronomic delights and local arts and crafts
The volcano’s crater is reflected in the sea and towers majestically over the Bay of Naples. It makes for a truly impressive sight before the eye alights on thick woods, rolling hills and golden vineyards. Apart from the legends, paintings and poetry, the Vesuvian area is a place brimming over with surprises: from Herculaneum to Torre del Greco, from Torre Annunziata to Pompeii right up to Castellammare di Stabia, each place has its own specific identity.
From Naples, by travelling along the old via Reggia di Portici, also known as the Golden Mile, you will reach Herculaneum. Unlike Pompeii, which following the tragic eruption of 79 A. D. was buried under a rain of ash and lapilli, Herculaneum was completely submerged by a layer of lava mixed with mud. A much smaller residential city than Pompeii, its excavations are less dispersive and better preserved. While in the area, we suggest a visit to the Casa dell’Albergo. Spread out over two thousand square metres, it stands in a panoramic position overlooking the sea and is the largest find unearthed until now in Herculaneum. Other landmark attractions include the Thermal Baths with their beautiful mosaic floors, the Casa del Bicentenario, featuring paintings on a red background and, naturally, the Villa dei Papiri, ( Villa of Papyri) part of which is still submerged and unexplored: a collection of more than 1,700 papyrus rolls were found here.
TORRE DEL GRECO
Located on the road to Pompeii, Torre del Greco is famed for its time- honoured tradition of coral fishing. In fact, during the 16th century, it boasted a fleet of as many as 400 coral fishing vessels which navigated all the Mediterranean routes, from Africa to Sardinia, right up to Corsica. The city was also devastated several times by volcanic eruptions, the most disastrous of which occurred in 1794.
As of the 1st century B. C., Oplontis, now known as Torre Annunziata, was an elegant residential suburb of nearby Pompeii., home to the luxurious Villa Poppea ( also destroyed by the eruption of 79 A. D.) which scientists believe was the property of Poppea Sabina, the second wife of Emperor Nero. Although it was first discovered in the 18th century, the site was not excavated until 1964. The city is also renowned for its pasta industries.