Ancient Beach in Italy Finally Open to Public

For the first time in almost two thousand years, an Italian “beach” will be opened to the public.

The beach was buried by a Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. A three-meter-thick layer of volcanic ash blanketed ancient towns like Pompeii and Herculaneum, produced by the massive volcano.

Tourists frequently fail to fully appreciate the ancient site of Herculaneum (Ercolano), which is often in the shadow of Pompeii and is thus often disregarded. The restoration of an old beach, however, suggests that the location may soon see an influx of new visitors.

Initially discovered in the 1980s and 1990s, the beach reopened to the public on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, after a lengthy repair process.

More than 300 men were trapped and attempted to flee the massive volcanic explosion in this location as they awaited rescue, according to archaeologists.

Researchers are finding new treasures at construction sites that have never been active before, thanks to the refinanced excavations made possible by the latest budget law. 

More than 8,000 satisfied customers have left positive reviews on TripAdvisor, praising the obscure archeological site. One commenter said that compared to Pompeii, it is considerably smaller, although it has been better preserved.

Another individual said it’s more compact than Pompeii, but Herculaneum is exceptionally fascinating and “can’t recommend it enough.”

From Naples, you may reach Herculaneum in 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train.

Herculaneum is an hour’s drive from Sorrento, and several trips connect the two locations.

Several “real” beaches are also in the region, such as Capri’s Marina Grande, which has colorful umbrellas and pristine waves.

Spiaggia della Gaiola, a little rocky beach inside a marine park, is another option closer to Naples.

Ponza is just one of many hidden gems in Italy that only natives appear to be aware of.