There is enough here to fill any summer holiday; with sunny islands, ancient history, great beaches, and some quirky hotels, all overshadowed by the impressive Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed the nearby Roman town of Pompeii. Any itinerary should include paying respects at the lost town, but also allow time to visit Herculaneum – another settlement engulfed by the volcano, with ever better-preserved scenes. Sobering stuff.
To decompress, stop at the bar-lined square of Piazza Bellini for the best pizza on the planet, or take a seaside stroll along the Lungomare for great views and the sunset of your dreams.
For a city break with a difference, Naples is a charming, bustling, sobering and wonderous choice for anyone.