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Pompeii: a destination that never fails to impress.

Fortunately for those looking for new holiday experiences, there are specialist travel companies for just about everything nowadays, from zorbing in New Zealand to canopy tours in Costa Rica. But if you’re looking for something fascinating but a little more sedate, you don’t have to be an academic to enjoy what the ancient history and archaeology tours specialist Andante Travels (01722 713800, www.andantetravels.co.uk) has to offer.

Andante travels organises lecturer-led tours of the Italian region Campania, with a day in Pompeii, reports the Daily Mail. This truly amazing site is the one place in the world where you can fully understand how the ancient Romans lived. Visiting off peak and with an organized tour means that you can wander the fascinating ruins at your leisure and escape the tourist crush. The tours also include entry to buildings which are otherwise restricted, along with a visit to the conservation laboratory for a talk. So take advantage of the chance of out-of-hours and behind-the-scenes access to this incredible site.

And remember, Pompeii is definitely not about supposedly stuffy archaeology. One of the most visited buildings is the Lupanar, the oldest known brothel in the world, famous for its explicit erotic paintings and the graffiti left by its ancient customers and prostitutes. And the best preserved house in Pompeii is the House of the Tragic Poet with its entrance sporting the amazing 'Beware of the Dog' mosaic.

So sign up for a pre-Easter tour in March. The price per person, based on two adults sharing a double room, is £1,475 and includes flights, seven nights' accommodation, most meals, admission to the places described and the services of guides.

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