Italia Meridionale: woman traveling alone to Napoli, Amalfi Coast, Pompei, etc. anything I should be on the lookout? And where will be the area/place to stay where you consider safe? I speak basic italian and fluent English... enough for traveling there? Any advise is very much appreciated
As a women in Napoli, be careful of pick pockets. They seem more aggressive there then in other parts of Italia. I recommend that you get a good handbag with a zipper inside and a flap over the opening that can buckle. Always hold the base of your purse near your body and not keep it on the street side of the sidewalk.
Make no mistake, I love Italy and usually feel very safe there. This is just a precaution. If you look like you know what your doing, crooks are less likely to bother you.
Also, always use your Italian first. I have found that Italians, in general, are very kind and friendly people but many of them seem to go out of there way when you speak their language. I think they recognize it as a sign of respect ... not a "rude tourist".
I have also found that sometimes when there is a tourist group in your hotel, you can join their tour of Museums or the city at a discount rate over a single ticket purchase. Just ask the concierge and introduce yourself to the tour guide.
Have a wonderful time.
Thank you Elizabeth for your great advise Last year I was traveling alone in Italia for two weeks (Milano, Venezia, Firenze, and Roma) and I found it fairly safe. But I have been advised by several friends that I should stay alert all the time when I travel to the south - especially for a single woman - and that does scare me a bit.
In terms of places to stay, some friends suggest that I stay in Sorrento - so it's easier for me to move around the area. Any other recommendations?
Also this time I am only staying for 7 days. 3 days in Roma and Arezzo with a friend and another 3-4 days in Napoli/Amalfi Coast/Pompei. Any suggestions as to how I can best utilize my short stay in that area?
Thanks a lot.
All I can comment on is the fact that you should always be on a lookout whereever you travel regardless of what you may have heard on how safe an area could be.
On the other hand, I'm also curious to finding out more information regarding what Chia1123 have posted.
Good luck chia1123 on your travels and always stay safe.