The archeological site of Ercolano
The old town of Ercolano, together with Pompei, Stabiae and Oplonti was covered by a blanket of ashes, lapillus and mud in 79 BC, during the eruption of the Vesuvius. Discovered by luck in 1709 during the excavation for the creation of a well, starting from 1738 the city was under archeological investigation. Only in 1927 the archeologist Amedeo Maiuri announced its designation as official site.
Most of the archeological findings are now kept in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, while in 2008 was created the Virtual Archeological Museum, a virtual recreation of the volcano’s eruption. The site of Ercolano, managed by the Department of Archeological Heritage of Pompei, Ercolano and Stabia, is visited by 300.000 tourists every year. In 1997 together with the ruins of Pompei and Oplonti was integrated by UNESCO in the list of the World Heritage.
How to get there:
By train: from train station of Formia, several trains get to Naples, approximately every hour. After getting to Naples, get the Circumvesuviana towards Sorrento and after about 30 minutes you will get the stop Herculaneum, where you will find the ruins right in front of you.