Herculaneum has a rich historical and cultural heritage. In fact, in addition to the famous archaeological excavations, it is well known for the Miglio D’oro location, the stretch of road that has numerous ancient Vesuvian Villas; as well as for the many ecclesiastical monuments of great interest.


Legend has it that the name Herculaneum is taken from its foundation by the mythological figure of Hercules.

The first inhabitants of the area were the Osci, followed by the Etruscans, then the Greeks, Samnites and then by the Romans until the eruption in ‘79 which completely buried the city.

Resina was founded on these ruins; it was a tourist destination for the Bourbon court and the Neapolitan aristocracy.
The subsequent excavations brought to light the extraordinary city Herculaneum, which made this area, a stage of the World Grand Tour.