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11. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting erasmus

...the first things that they think about your country Italy in my case are: Pizza, pasta and mafia ......

I'd put Sofia Loren right after pasta

12. Posted by 80k (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

My friend and I spent a few days in Naples and surrounding area last June and had a great time. We avoided hanging around at night, but during the day, it was pleasant and lots of fun. Didn't get the impression it was unsafe at all :)

13. Posted by g3mma (Inactive 12 posts) 11y

I think the first thing people need to understand is that, firstly Napoli is a poor part of the country and pick pockets are around, if you're a travelling around any part of the world particualraly when its poor you need to be careful (NB tension in the south with northerners and foreigners - as they're richer). Mafia does exist - in Sicilia, its the Camorra family in Napoli - organised crime, but of a very different sort - Napoli is still a very useful place to use as a base for travelling around Capri, pompeii, sardegna and sicilia ect. Don't be put off!

Can't really call it a stereotype when people talk about pizza, pasta and mafia when they're facts. And its cool that most people know about my culture. I am chuffed when people try to speak to me in Italian and try to relate to my lifestyle its flattering. Italy has a lot to offer people.

14. Posted by 80k (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

I also agree that you shouldn't worry about it.

Organized crime is everywhere, and in general, individual/innocent victims are very very low, and when it does happen, it's usually something like a car getting stolen, something you won't have to worry about.

15. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting 80k

something like a car getting stolen, something you won't have to worry about.

unless it's your rented car

16. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

dear all and especially my fellow countryman,
i agree with the majority of ur posts about mafia not being dangerous to tourists but almost exclusively to gangsters (of course if u bump into a gunfight it's dangerous to all, but that can happen EVERYWHERE).
i just felt i needed to reply about the stereotype of italians being pizza and pasta eaters: i prefer to be stereotyped as such rather than foreign people asking me about italian politics.
peace and love (there's much more to know about italy than the stereotype anyway)

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