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Ercolano

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Campania  /  Province of Naples  /  Ercolano
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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Ercolano is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania of southern Italy. It lies at the western foot of Mount Vesuvius, on the Bay of Naples, just southeast of the city of Naples. The medieval town of Resina - read Resìna - was built on the volcanic material left by the eruption of Vesuvius (AD 79) that destroyed the ancient city of Herculaneum, from which the present name is derived. Ercolano is a resort and the starting point for excursions to the excavations of Herculaneum and for the ascent of Vesuvius by bus. The town also manufactures leather goods, buttons, glass, and the wine known as Lacryma Christi (Tear of Christ).HistoryAncient HerculaneumHerculaneum was allegedly founded by Hercules coming back from one of his Twelve Labours. Out of legend, it was most likely founded by the Oscans, an Italic tribe of the 8th century BC, and later became part of both the Etruscan and Samnite dominions. Under the control of the Romans, the city was a renowned seaside resort where some of the richest Roman citizens spent their summer vacations. It was built according to the regular model of Hippodamus of Miletus with a grid of crossing Decumans and Cardos. The houses are elegant and large as well as public buildings that are abundant and large compared to the small number of inhabitants (about 5,000).
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