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Similar to Pompeii, Herculaneum and all its inhabitants were destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was submerged in mud and lava which means that it was completely fossilised. Once an old fishing village, items as small as jugs, jewellery and even clothing were well-preserved. Step back in time to when Rome ruled and witness some of its splendour under a caveat of Herculaneum’s poignant remains: incredible mosaics in the Casa dell'Atrio a Mosaico, bath complexes, ancient high streets and old atriums.
Ancient History fans should head to the National Archaeological Museum. This museum houses some of the best Greco-Roman artefacts in the world, including treasures excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. There are entire floors full of Egyptian relics, fabulous Roman sculpture, mosaics, a royal library where you can see Atlas carrying the weight of the world and items from all over Ancient Greece. The best bits? Papyri saved from Herculaneum that gives a real insight into everyday life back in 79 AD.
If stunning architecture is what you’re after, look no further than the Complesso Monumentale di San Lorenzo Maggiore. This is a religious, richly layered gathering of buildings. The basilica is tipped to be one of Naples’ finest buildings, constructed in medieval times, its beauty still resonates today. Visiting this Gothic collection of ruins will take you back almost two million years – its well worth it. You’ll see everything from ancient covered markets, tombs featuring remarkable mosaics inside, items excavated from archaeological digs like ceramics and jewellery as well as wineries and even bakeries.
Hungry? Make your way to Via del Tribunal where you can sample Naples’ finest pizza in a little restaurant called Sorbillo. Known for its pizza, you might think that you’ve tasted the best from any restaurant in the city, but Sorbillo’s pizzas take the prize. They’ve been spinning pizza dough since the 1800s and have developed a classic menu full of distinctive Italian flavours; from simple to quite glamorous toppings. Think you know pizza? Think again! Seriously yummy.
Any aspiring Indiana Joneses out there should immediately go to Cuma, an ancient village in Naples that dates all the way back to the 8th century BC. A mythological masterpiece, those familiar with the works of Latin poet Virgin will enjoy knowing the caves here supposedly housed Cumaean Sibyl, the oracle who passed on messages to the god Apollo. You can see old parts of fortresses here, as well as ruins from the Temple of Apollo and an ancient acropolis, where a Temple of Jupiter sits atop.
With so much to do, there really is something for everyone here. Visit La Pignasecca, the oldest street market in the city, the Cappella Sansevero, a beautiful baroque chapel and explore the Catacombs of Saint Gennaro.