Archaeological Treasures

Museo Archeologico Nazionale An incomparable horde of ancient sculptures, mosaics, frescoes and decorative arts in the heart of Naples.

Pompeii An extensive wonderland of ancient Roman vestiges, from chariot-grooved streets to frescoed villas.

Herculaneum Time stands still at this astoundingly well-preserved Roman town, with bathhouses, abodes, businesses and furniture.

Villa Oplontis Snoop around the reputed home of Emperor Nero's second wife, adorned with fabulous frescoes.

Paestum Escape the hurly burly at these magical, millennia-old Greek temples, framed by fields and wildflowers.

Complesso Monumentale di San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins of Graeco-Roman Naples lurk beneath an austere Gothic basilica.

Catacombe di San Gennaro Naples’ oldest catacombs hold frescoes, mosaics and the earliest-known image of patron saint San Gennaro.

Museo Archeologico Provinciale Star attraction at Salerno's archaeological museum is a 1st-century-BC bronze head of Apollo.

Villa Jovis Tiberius' cliff-top Capri villa offers views fit for the most demanding of Roman emperors.

Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità & Catacombe di San Gaudioso Fifth-century frescoes and gruesome tombs in a dank, eerie Neapolitan catacomb.

Architecture

Reggia di Caserta An ambitious baroque epilogue with silver-screen credentials.

Duomo Swirling baroque frescoes and ancient mosaics co-exist in this architectural sonnet to Naples' patron saint.

Certosa e Museo di San Martino Baroque exuberance and one of Italy's finest cloisters; in Naples.

Galleria Umberto I This glorious arcade in downtown Naples puts cookie-cutter modern malls to shame.

Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea Amalfi's zebra-stripe cathedral is a study in harmonious intercultural relations.

Palazzo dello Spagnuolo Not so much a staircase as an operatic tribute to the Neapolitan spirit.

Certosa di San Lorenzo A monumental monastery on the edge of Italy's second-largest national park.

Art

Museo di Capodimonte From Botticelli and Caravaggio to American pop-art icons, this palace-museum is home to art-world royalty.

Cappella Sansevero Sanmartino’s Cristo velato is only one of several astounding artworks inside alchemist Raimondo's esoteric hangout.

Gallerie d'Italia – Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano Caravaggio's ghostly epilogue heads a perfectly sized art collection in a jewel-box former bank.

Museo del Novecento Twentieth-century southern Italian art in a hulking Neapolitan fortress.

MADRE Naples' foremost collection of modern and contemporary art, with site-specific installations by international heavyweights.

Naples Metro Let contemporary art transport you under the streets on Naples' Metro dell'Arte (Art Metro).

Thomas Dane Gallery Rotating exhibitions of modern art in a crisp, Liberty-style space.

Museo Pinacoteca Provinciale Salerno's top art museum, with works from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Food, Glorious Food

Pizza Sample Italy's best pie at legendary pizzerias like Concettina Ai Tre Santi and Starita.

Markets Produce and street life collide at Neapolitan street markets like Porta Nolana and La Pignasecca.

Mozzarella di bufala Devour mozzarella at Muu Muuzzarella Lounge and Inn Bufalito, or visit mozzarella maker Tenuta Vannulo.

President A Michelin-starred wonder in Pompeii, where local history, produce, passion and creativity meet.

Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 Ingredients plucked from their own farm, plus tours of the kitchen, wine and cheese cellar.

Wine & The City Vino tastings and a bounty of cultural events in Naples.

Romantic Gardens

Ravello Survey the Amalfi Coast from Villa Cimbrone and swoon over classical tunes at Villa Rufolo.

La Mortella An Ischian paradise inspired by the gardens of Granada's Alhambra.

Reggia di Caserta A case of 'more is more' in the baroque gardens of Caserta's gargantuan royal palace.

Villa Floridiana An elegant villa, a tortoise-filled fountain and dreamy sea and city views in Naples.

Giardini di Augusto See what the Emperor saw at Augustus' decadent Capri playground.

Orto Medico Seek out a little-known cloister with healing herbs and a trickling fountain.

Wild Beauty

Amalfi Coast More than just turquoise seas, the Amalfi Coast is laced with stunning, user-friendly walking trails.

Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni An extraordinarily untamed wonderland of crystal-clear streams, rivers and tumbling waterfalls.

Isole Faraglioni Capri's iconic limestone pinnacles rise from the sea like silent nymphs.

Sentiero dei Fortini Walk between ruined forts on Capri’s wild west coast.

Monte Epomeo Take in a gob-smacking panorama from volcanic Ischia's highest peak.

Mt Vesuvius A silently ticking volcano with soothing nature trails and on-a-cloud views.