Both, until 79 AD they were cities belonging to the Holy Roman Empire. From that year, however, the situation changed drastically due to the eruption of Vesuvius: the volcano led to the destruction of the two cities and consequently to the killing of many people. Over the years, numerous archaeologists and scholars have been interested in bringing to light the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and today these places are visited by many tourists from all over the world.
What to see in Pompeii
The sanctuary. It is the Catholic place of worship par excellence of this city which however dates back to the 19th century. The Amphitheater. Dating back to the BC period, this structure is perhaps one of the oldest in the world. Although belonging to the Roman Empire, it has an arena different from the common amphitheaters, that is, without underground. House of the Faun. It is not clear to whom it belonged and the name refers to a statuette of the dancing faun found inside.
What to see in Herculaneum
The Noiana Basilica. Dating back to the Augustian period, it has not yet been fully brought to light and for this reason, it is not easy to fully understand the original map and therefore its type of structure. The MAV. The Virtual Archaeological Museum, which through multimedia installations tells in detail the past of Herculaneum. The Terme del Foro. A spa complex which has several rooms inside, perhaps once home to houses and shops
Other elements of the Augustian and Greek periods, such as the Theater, the Collegio degli Augustali, the Casa D’Argo, the Casa dello Scheletro, and the Thermopolium, a former dining place where the renowned Taberna di Priapo is located.
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