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Another itinerary that can be explored starting from Pompeii, not very publicized but very fascinating and evocative, is the one that follows the path of the Golden Mile.
Around 1700, this stretch of road, which initially connected Torre del Greco to Herculaneum and later extended to Portici, San Giorgio a Cremano to end near the city of Naples, saw the birth of numerous Bourbon-style villas, the so-called "Vesuvian villas".

These buildings were built by the most important architects of the Bourbon era such as Luigi Vanvitelli, Ferdinando Fuga, Domenico Antonio Vaccaro and Ferdinando Sanfelice.
It was Charles III of Bourbon who, in 1738, building the sumptuous and magnificent Palace of Portici (conceived as an alternative residence to the Royal Palace of Naples, then capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies), gave rise to the construction of palaces and noble residences, in area that will later be defined as the "Golden Mile".

Even the excavations of Herculaneum were begun in the same year, again at the behest of Charles III of Bourbon.

Beyond the Palace of Portici, there are few villas open to the public today, some of which also host dance shows and concerts of classical music.
Worth mentioning are: Villa Campolieto (Ercolano), Villa Favorita (Ercolano), Villa Ruggiero (Ercolano), Villa Bruno (San Giorgio a Cremano), Villa delle Ginestre (Torre del Greco).
Villa delle Ginestre is the villa where the poet Giacomo Leopardi lived in the last period of his life. Today the villa is used as a museum.

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The Golden Mile, the Palace of Portici and the Villa delle Ginestre