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city, Campania regione (region), southern Italy. It is a southeastern suburb of Naples on the Bay of Naples at the southern foot of Mount Vesuvius. The city was twice destroyed by the eruptions of Vesuvius (AD 79 and 1631). The site is archaeologically notable for the well-preserved paintings of its Villa Oplontis, which was an elite Roman residence. Together with Herculaneum and Pompeii, Torre Annunziata was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.