The archaeological area of Herculaneum, with Pompeii and Torre Annunziata, make up one of Italy’s 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The ancient Herculaneum on August 24, 79 A.D. was covered by the eruption of Vesuvius  and disappeared beneath a flood of volcanic mud.

Legend has it that Hercules founded Herculaneum, but in reality we know very little about this buried city (even if, ironically, its buildings are the best-preserved). The Baths, along with the College of the Priests of Augustus and a theatre are all almost completely intact. Also extant are the House of the Bicentenary and the House of Stags, which contain ample courtyards and are rich in decoration. Herculaneum was a thriving commercial zone, and various jars and containers filled with foodstuffs resisted the destruction and subsequent burial from the eruption.

Throughout Herculaneum one can view rare and beautiful sculptures, mosaics and mural paintings.

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