Herculaneum, once called Heracleia, is an ancient town lying 5 miles (8 Km) southest of Naples, South Italy, on the western slopes of Mount Vesuvius. It is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating town of the Naples area because it is not only famous as an important archeological site, but also as a lively town which offers a variety of beautiful scenery and unvaluable arts. Apart from a visit to the ruins and the Volcano, it is worth visiting the Vesuvian Villas, such as Villa Campolieto, Villa Signorini, Villa Ruggiero, Villa Favorita, the Second-hand Market, the medieval Pugliano Church and the Astronomic Observatory which has now become a Museum.

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