For a one-shot glimpse of Italy in all its chaotic glory, the region of Campania is sure to hit the mark. Modern cities, Roman ruins, peaceful villages and islands crested by emerald waters come together to form a region thick in disparity. Many of Italy’s big players come to play in Campania. Get lost in the bustling throngs and underground catacombs of Naples where striking architecture, caffeine-buzzed locals and evidence of successive conquests are all part of the frenzied charisma. Just outside the city, bear witness to the eerie ruins of Pompeii, the city that met its historic demise at the hand of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Switch gears by dabbling in the charmed life on the idyllic island of Capri, what lifestyles of the rich and famous are made of. Supposing you haven’t blown all your travelers checks in Capri, head inland to the imposing grandeur of the Amalfi Coast. One part cliff-side splendor, two parts posh retreat, the coast’s true charm can be found in the quiet, understated town of Praiano. True pizza lovers shouldn’t leave without indulging in one of Campania’s signature pies, the region is largely responsible for how the modern world conceives of the culinary staple.