ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM : One of the richest museums of the world. Together with all
the works of art and everyday life objects found in Pomnpei
and Herculaneum, you will see the Farnese collection, huge
sculptures from the Caracalla’s Baths, inherited by the king
of Naples Charles of the Bourbon Family.
ERCOLANO AND OPLONTIS : Ercolano was a holiday resort at the Roman times, so famous
for its namesake, Hercules, beautifully located at the foot
of Vesuvio. The city was submerged in 79 A.D. by mud slides,
leaving us an extraordinary amount of material witnessing its
daily life. Oplontis was the residential villa which belonged
to Poppea, Emperor Nero's wife, buried by the 79 A.D.
eruption as well and shows its visitors an extraordinary
amount of perfectly preserved frescoes decorations.
PAESTUM AND VELIA : Greek colonizers since the 11th century b.C. travelling
around the Mediterranean founded in southern Italy some of
their most flourishing colonies, like Paestum and Velia, both
located in the most southern part of Campania. Paestum has
the most beautiful and best preserved Greek temples of
continental Italy, the best example of Doric archaic
architecture; Velia was a sophisticated philosophical city
and has the only Greek gate with a round arch.
PHLAEGREN FIELDS : The northern extremity of the bay of Naples, also known as
the bay of Pozzuoli, is a mixture of landscape, history and
archaeology. During the tour you’ll visit the ruins of Cuma,
the first greek colony of the Mediterranean; Pozzuoli, which
became during the Roman Empire, one of the richest ports of
the Empire; the Piscina Mirabilis, an impressive water
cistern dug out of a hill; and the Solfatara, an impressive
example of a resting volcano, with bubbling mud and
fumerolles, a moon-like scenary..