aharrold - it is refreshing to hear someone talk about Naples the way i feel about it! I have vistied a lot of European cities in the last few years and Naples has to win the competition for worst place i have visited. Was chaotic and just really unsafe. I never actually ventured out at night as i just want brave enough. The one time i took a tram i nearly got mugged and people get trying to con me. Was one of the few places that i was actually glad to leave! There also wasnt actually a lot to see / do here, i found that after a couple of hours id seen everything i wanted to see. If you want to go to the south go to Sorrento, or Capri or Pompeii, ne where but naples basically.
I enjoyed Pisa, but then i was only there half a day. Was way busy and really tacky but in a good way. You wouldnt need more than a day there at most. I wasnt a big fan of Florence though that is mostly because im not really into art so there wasnt a whole lot there that interested me.
Rome is am amazing city and one i cant wait to go back too. There is so much to see and do it was all a bit much in 2 days!! But this is one of the great cities to visit.
Hope u enjoy ur trip
Dont forget the San Crispino Gelateria...the best gelato you can find in Rome...it's near the Trevi Fountain.
Naples is a very beautiful and VERY CHAOTIC city.It not easy to understand, has a particular spirit in itself, and it's a mix of positive and negative things.
It is known everywhere about the danger of pickpockets, you are asked to use a particular attention, and avoid to wear any gold/silver things, avoid to show openly expensive cameras and so on.
You will probably find the city pretty dirty, and that it's true.
You could think as well that is a very noisy city, and it's true as well.
You need to be aware that Naples, and south of Italy in general, in not Switzerland.
People are very nice, I disagree with the post over mine. They usually try to help you and communicate with you, sometimes they could seem too much sociable.They have a contagious fancy and they prepare the best coffee in Italy.They have learnt the art of survivor.That is their strenght and their weakness,because they don't trust in theirselves enough for changing the negative aspects of the city.
I would like to suggest you a book.maybe you can read it if you find a translated version, just to have an idea. The writer was born at the beginning of 1900, but the soul of the city still remains: Matilde Serao, Il ventre di Napoli
no tiengas miedo, he visitado napoli muchas veces, y todavia sobrevivo
I think Napoli is an interesting city, but not very easy to understand coming from other places and esp having seen other cities in Italy
It's a unique city, either in good and bad points. I reckon the Napoli people is the most funny energetic and joyful of all the people in Italy, but i understand that coming from abroad it can shock the unaware visitor.
Its social texture and life is complex, but in some ways its life is out of context in modern countries. People bring seats from home and sit in the middle of the piazza, playing card games and sharing life together. The bad economical conditions and the massive presence of camorra (napolitan mafia) in the suburbs is of course a menace, but i've never felt that unsafe once i got there.
Sometimes reputation scares more than reality.
Well... more Naples: We are planning to make the travel with our car, and a friend just told us not to do it because foreigners cars can be forzed or stoled.
Do we have to worry about parking our car in Naples?
driving in Naples is not the easiest thing to do, people don't respect the one way rule, very rarely stop at the red light and overtake on the right side. I wouldn't say your car won't be safe,
just pay attention where do you leave it. Avoid the suburbs,esp Scampia and Secondigliano. The rest of the city is nice, cheap and lively.