The Roman city of Herculaneum was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD together with Pompeii. Its special burial has made possible the preservation not only of houses and streets of the ancient city, but also of all the objects of daily life including wood, food, cloth and human remains.
The ancient Herculaneum was rediscovered in 1709 during the digging of a well, and the initial excavations have yielded numerous ancient works of art that are currently in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. However we had to wait until 1927 for the first excavation work outdoors, which began under the direction of Amedeo Maiuri, who offered a striking example of a city-museum, relocating many finds on the site itself, inside the houses and shops .
Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997 for the following reason "that the impressive remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum and their associated villas, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, give a vivid and complete vision of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past and which appears to be unmatched in the world. "The archaeological site is open all year, entry procedures, see the official website of the Superintendent.
Since 2001, the site hosts the public-private project for the conservation of the entire site, Italy's largest, which exists thanks to a partnership between the Packard Humanities Institute, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii and the British School at Rome.
Archaeological Site Vesuvian Villas Resina Vesuvius Vesuvian Area