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Top Choice Museum in Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Naples' National Archaeological Museum serves up one of the world’s finest collections of Graeco-Roman artefacts. Originally a cavalry barracks and later seat of the city’s university, the museum was established by …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Paestum

Paestum's Temples

Very different to Pompeii, Paestum’s ruins are smaller, older, more Greek and – crucially – a lot less overrun. Consequently, it is possible to steal some reflective moments here as the sun slants across the giant D…
Top Choice Museum in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte

Originally designed as a hunting lodge for Charles VII of Bourbon, this monumental palace was begun in 1738 and took more than a century to complete. It's now home to the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, southern Ita…
Top Choice Chapel in Centro Storico

Cappella Sansevero

It's in this Masonic-inspired baroque chapel that you'll find Giuseppe Sanmartino's incredible sculpture, Cristo velato (Veiled Christ), its marble veil so realistic that it's tempting to try to lift it and view Chr…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Herculaneum (Ercolano)

Ruins of Herculaneum

Herculaneum harbours a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonised furniture and terror-struck skeletons. Indeed, this superbly conserved Roman fishing town of 4000 …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Ruins of Pompeii

The ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) make for one of the world's most engrossing archaeological experiences. Much of the site's value lies in the fact that the town wasn't simply blown away by Ve…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Sant’Agata sui due Golfi

Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890

Don Alsonso is as much an experience as a meal – and a world-class one at that. Not only is the food exquisite, creative and true to its Sorrentino roots; it’s also immaculately presented by genuinely friendly staff…
Top Choice Pizza in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Concettina Ai Tre Santi

Head in by noon (or 7.30pm at dinner) to avoid a long wait at this hot-spot pizzeria, made famous thanks to its young, driven pizzaiolo Ciro Oliva. The menu is an index of fastidiously sourced artisan ingredients, u…
Top Choice Italian in Amalfi

Ristorante La Caravella

A restaurant of artists, art and artistry, Caravella once hosted Andy Warhol. No surprise that it doubles up as a de-facto gallery with frescoes, creative canvases and a ceramics collection. And then there's the foo…
Top Choice Opera in Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli

Teatro San Carlo

San Carlo's opera season runs from November or December to June, with occasional summer performances. Sample prices: a place in the 6th tier (€40), the stalls (€75 to €110) or the side box (if you're under 30 with I…