Ercolano: Historical Treasures and Vibrant Culture in the Heart of Campania
Ercolano is an unmissable stop on any journey through Campania. Previously a candidate for the prestigious title of Italian Capital of Culture, its origins trace back to legend, suggesting it was founded by Hercules, who found solace here after his labors.
Situated between Vesuvius and the sea, a short distance from Naples and Pompeii, Ercolano shared the tragic fate of the latter, buried by the eruption in 79 A.D. chronicled by Pliny the Younger.
Once a favored holiday destination for the Romans, it boasted splendid seaside villas, now tangible vestiges of its glorious past.
Throughout history, from the Romans to the Bourbons, Ercolano showcased magnificent residences, like the famous "Golden Mile," evidence of lavish villas commissioned by royal families under King Charles III of Bourbon.
Ercolano also hosted Italy's first amusement park, now transformed into a freely accessible garden, a captivating blend of nature, volcanic stone, and history.
Today, it stands as an international destination thanks to the Herculaneum archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve comprising the National Park.
Fun fact: Did you know Ercolano is twinned with Xi'an in China? Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, their incredible historical treasures were discovered by chance.
And for vintage enthusiasts, the Resina clothing market is a must-visit, a slice of local history that draws vintage lovers from around the world in search of authentic retro finds.
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