Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

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Two of the area's most iconic locales – Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii – can be found roughly 15 miles away from central Naples. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano left on Europe's mainland, while Pompeii, which fell victim to one of Mount Vesuvius' eruptions in A.D. 79, is a UNESCO World Heritage city that was preserved by the volcano's ash. It was not rediscovered until 1748. 

According to many travelers, the best way to view both of these sites is to see them together on a guided tour. During the tour, visitors will get to hike up Mount Vesuvius and wander around Pompeii. Tours offer more background about the locales than can be learned if exploring without a guide, but keep in mind that the hike up the volcano can be a bit strenuous. 

Half- and full-day guided tours are offered by local companies like Project Napoli Service and Emiliano's Archaeological Tours and can also be booked through websites like Viator. Fees vary by tour length and operator, but most are $57 to $158 per person; tour guides usually pick up and drop off travelers at their hotels. Extra charges for admission to Pompeii (13 euros, or approximately $14.50) and Mount Vesuvius (10 euros, or about $11) might apply.

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#1 Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli

For a nice seaside promenade, look no further than the Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Flanked by cafes and restaurants on one side and the Gulf of Naples on the other, this walkway serves as a relaxing place to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh sea air. The views of nearby Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri add an almost magical element to this pedestrian walkway. 

Although recent visitors say a walk on Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli is a definite must-do, they recommend steering clear during the weekends when it gets "extremely crowded." Some also cautioned that vendors trying to hawk their goods can be a bit pushy, so be prepared to say a kind but firm "no, grazie" a time or two.

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