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Introducing Bay of Naples

Buried for centuries beneath metres of volcanic debris, Naples' archaeological sites are among the best-preserved and most-spectacular Roman ruins in existence. And it's here, in the dense urban sprawl stretching from Naples to Castellammare, that you'll find Italy's blockbuster finest: Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as a host of lesser-known jewels, from salubrious ancient villas to the country's biggest vintage clothes market.

While Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis are within easy walking distance of stations on the Naples–Sorrento Circumvesuviana train line, Stabiae and Boscoreale both require a bit more searching around.

As for Mt Vesuvius, it's an easy bus trip from Pompeii or Ercolano.