Torre del Greco is a coastal town south of Naples. It is situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius and is best known for its beautiful coastline and the red coral found there. Part of this coastline has even been nicknamed the “Golden Mile”.
Torre del Greco travel guide
The Tourist Office of Torre del Greco (Ufficio Informazioni Turistiche Pro Loco) is located on the Corso Avezzana, 26 – 80059 Torre del Greco (Tel./Fax +39 0818814676 or Tel. +39 0813580050).
The address of the town hall is Via Plebiscito, snc – Torre del Greco (Phone: +39 081 8830111. The Palazzo Baronale is one of the city’s attracions.
The city has its own railway station on the Circumvesuviana line from Naples.
Torre del Greco tourist attractions
The Santa Croce Basilica is the most important church in the area. Below some of the churches, one can still see ruins of older buildings destroyed by volcanic eruptions.
The main museum is dedicated to the red coral for which the city is famous.
The miglia d’oro (“Golden Mile”) is a strip of coastline where wealthy people used to build their villas in the 17th and 18th centuries. The most famous ones are the Villa delle Ginestre and the Villa Prota.
A brief history of Torre del Greco
The name of the town comes from an observation tower built by Frederick II and from the many local vineyards where a grape variety called Greco is grown.
The historic center has been reconstructed many times, as a result of the many eruptions of Vesuvius. This older part of the city is located on the coast, while the newer districts are built on the foothills of the volcano.
Already in the 15th century the Torre del Greco was known for coral fishing and slowly the city also became the place where the “red gold” was processed. There are still several workshops in the center where the material is being treated.
How to get there by car
From Naples, take either the A3/E45 or the SS18.