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The southern Italian capital has a winning mix of ancient history, brilliantly cheap bars and unbeatable food – if you’re looking for the best pizza in the world, you’ll find it on these lively streets.

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The city may well be a jumping off point for the colourful and quaint Amalfi coast, the ancient ruins of Pompeii and famous Mount Vesuvius, but it’s also a destination in its own right. Two royal palaces, three castles, Baroque churches and Pompeiian frescoes and mosaics galore in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale make for a sightseeing extravaganza. Outdoor markets with stalls piled high with the region’s fruit and veg are the place to refuel, and let’s not forget those crispy stone-baked pizzas laden with mozzarella in tucked-away eateries. Meanwhile, family-run businesses make great shopping stops – be sure to pick up a pair of famous leather gloves.