Herculaneum

Pay a visit to one of the world’s most iconic ancient sites with a trip to Herculaneum. Less than an hour away from Sant’Agnello by road and served by trains, it’s an absolute must if you’re interested in ancient history.

Herculaneum was a Roman town that sat in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. When the famous volcano erupted in 79 AD, the town was buried. The fast-moving hot gas and rock effectively froze Herculaneum in time, leaving behind a captivating set of ruins and a modern UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As Herculaneum was closer to Vesuvius than nearby Pompeii, the town has been incredibly preserved. This will give you a wonderful insight into what an ancient Roman town was really like, which you can try to picture as you walk along the historic streets.

Taking a guided tour is a great way to learn more about the things you’ll see along the way. Or you can save a few Euros by choosing an audioguide, which will help you bring to life the temples, villas, baths and statues. Wander past well preserved houses, and see the skeletal remains of the locals that were unable to escape the eruption.

You can easily spend a full day exploring Herculaneum, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of water if it’s hot. Once you’ve left the site you won’t be able to get back in without paying again, so it’s a good idea to take plenty of refreshments in with you.

When you get back to Sant’Agnello, head to the Golfo del Pecoriello for spectacular views across the Gulf of Naples as the sun starts to drop into the sea.