If you're staying in Naples, there's no excuse not to visit Pompeii. Italy's most remarkable Roman ruins are just a 30-minute drive away, so you can discover the haunting remains of this UNESCO Word Heritage Site with a half-day trip.
Buried under volcanic ash by the 79 AD eruption of Mt Vesuvius – which still looms large in the distance – Pompeii is like a window to the past. Tread the cobbled streets as a guided headset commentary brings everything to life, and get a real sense of this moment frozen in time.
All the major highlights are covered – the forum, thermal baths, gymnasium and the market piazzas. You can still see frescoes on the walls of the homes of the Roman elite. Walking through the ruins here is like leafing through the pages of a living history book