Visit Naples, possibly Italy’s most charmingly chaotic city.
Famous not only for pizza and passion, but also for rich history, art, culture, architecture and music, Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world and its port one of the most important in Europe. The historic city centre of Naples is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and its streets are abuzz with the hustle and bustle of daily Mediterranean life.
From the18th-century seaside promenade, you have a fabulous view of Mount Vesuvius, and a trip to nearby Pompeii is de rigueur. Must stop sites include the Catacombe di San Gennaro, which date back to the 2nd century and are decorated with early Christian frescoes, the Cappella Sansevero's incredible figure of Jesus by Giuseppe Sanmartino and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artefacts, reports BBC Travel.
Outdoors, see what’s on sale at the noisy street market, Mercato di Porta Nolana (Via Carmignano) and Naples’ oldest 12th castle, Castel dell’Ovo on the lungomare (seafront).
Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet and Thomson fly to Naples Capodichino airport from London Gatwick (£125; easyjet.com) and Manchester (£165; britishairways. com), from where the airport shuttle takes you to the centre of town (£2.50; anm.it, in Italian).