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Ottaviano is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Naples in the Italian region Campania, located about 20 km east of Naples and is located in the Vesuvian Area. Ottaviano was in Roman times a hamlet of houses within a vast estate (praedium Octaviorum) belonging to the gens Octavia, Augustus's family. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 23,572 and an area of 19.8 km². The territory of the country includes most of the crater of Vesuvius. The city of Ottaviano contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Furchi, San Gennarello, and Zabatta. Ottaviano borders the following municipalities: Boscotrecase, Ercolano, Nola, San Gennaro Vesuviano, San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Somma Vesuviana, Terzigno, Torre del Greco, Trecase. In Ottaviano, in the Medici Castle, is located the headquarters of the National Park of Vesuvius.Ottaviano suffered significant destruction during the 1944 eruption of neighboring Mount Vesuvius. Now the city is home to the center office of Vesuvius National Park.HistoryOttaviano was in Roman times a hamlet of houses within a vast estate belonging to the gens Octavia, Augustus's family. The territory was the scene of a battle between Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Lucius Cluentius in 90 BC, during the Social War. On the territory of Ottaviano, during the Third Servile War, in 73 BC, Spartacus defeated the force stationed there.. The village grew in importance, becoming a Municipality. According to some historians, it was here that the Emperor Augustus actually died, his body then being moved to Nola. The remains of the Roman era were buried by successive eruptions of Vesuvius, but the ruins and tombs have been unearthed in excavations in various parts of the country.
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