20km (12 miles) SE of Naples

Not far from Torre Annunziata -- the ugly coastal town famous for its flour mills, its pasta industry and, it must be said, for its crime rate -- is one of the more recently excavated archaeological areas on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Much remains to be done here, but what has already been uncovered is quite spectacular. The size of the site is much more manageable than Pompeii or even Herculaneum, making it a good choice for those desiring a brief archaeological visit, and few tourists make it this far.