Scavi di Ercolano
Corso Resina 1IT

“I have just been speaking… about Vesuvius and the very recent finding of the ancient city of Herculaneum. Nothing in the world is more singular than having rediscovered an entire city in the bowels of the earth.” Charles de Brosses, 1739.

Transport. How to reach the site

  • trenitalia


    Linea: Napoli Centrale - Paestum - Portici - Ercolano

    Trenitalia - Linea: Napoli - Lago Negro - Portici-Ercolano

  • circumvesuviana


    Linea: Napoli - Poggiomarino - Ercolano Scavi

    Linea Napoli - Sorrento - Ercolano Scavi

    Linea: Napoli - Poggiomarino - Portici - Via Liberta


A wealth of bronze and marble sculptures (now in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) was extracted from the Villa of the Papyruses, which is only partially excavated but accessible, as well as its library of papyruses (more than 1800 texts on philosophical subjects, now in the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli). One of the finest dwellings in the city is the House of the Mosaic Atrium, whose name derives from its beautiful black and white floor. Statues of stags being attacked by hounds, a Satyr with a wineskin, and a Drunken Hercules were found in the garden of the sumptuous House
of the Stags. The House of the Carbonised Furniture still retains its wooden furniture in situ, consisting of a banqueting couch and a small table. The House of the Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, with the adjacent workshop (the best preserved), has a grand atrium and the finest mosaic decoration in the city. The two-storey House of Argus has a garden enclosed by a colonnade.

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