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1. Posted by Treensbert (Respected Member 321 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

Does anyone know if it's safe, or how it is for female travelers in Naples?

I found some more recent tripadvisor etc. posts (circa 2016) of people saying it has a normal level of crime, but am hoping to see if anyone a bit more acquainted with Italy can confirm. When I went there last, it was quite a while ago, and the situation was such that the moment I exited the central station, a pollice officer came across me accidentally, shook his head, forcefully accompanied me to my hostel, and told me not to go anywhere alone.

I'm originally from Vancouver so crime, drugs, attacks, and all are fairly common, so just trying to place where on the iffy scale it sits, if at all anymore.

Thank you in advance :)

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1618 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I travel with a friend, Barbara, and we both would not hesitate to visit Naples. We were last there in 2021. As with any destination, be alert and aware of your surroundings.

See these links:
https://quasitaliano.com/is-naples-italy-safe/

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2023/12/24/naples-is-criminally-underrated-heres-why-you-should-visit-in-2024#:~:text=It's%20very%20rare%20for%20organised,in%20the%20maligned%20Italian%20city.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5482 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi

Your safety would be compromised quite a bit by consuming too much alcohol and walking down dark lonely streets anywhere in the world. Do you intend to get wasted every night?

  • When I was there it was quite a long time ago. I was young and healthy, expecting someone to rob me so I could break their arms or smash their kneecaps - never happened! Interesting city sort of ignored by too many foreign tourists.

Google up some of the free information available. Sample free info below:
http://tinyurl.com/eabvetyx

Check with your Global Affairs office for Italy.

Like anywhere, if you buy some tourist junk on the street - you get what you pay for. Good value or junk. My personal choice is to pay for some piece of tourist junk with local currency and NOT a credit or debit card. (I do this in every foreign country.)

Make "Google type searches" your friend.

Good luck.

4. Posted by Treensbert (Respected Member 321 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your replies :)

That's good to hear. Any suggestions as to a nice area to find accommodations in? I found a few regions but am curious in case there are recommendations. It'll be me and my little sister, and neither of us drink. We'll be training it into the city.

Thanks again!

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6197 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Apart from keeping an extra eye on traffic (Neapolitan drivers are...erm...interesting!!) I, a solo female traveller, felt no more unsafe wandering central historical Naples on my 4 daylight visits (early 2010s) than any other large European city. I felt the major risk was of pickpocketing and petty theft (e.g. put your handbag/phone/daysack down for a minute and it can quickly be gone) and I made absolutely sure I wasn't at risk of that. Normal big city precautions imo.......

Common sense should tell all solo female travellers to be extra-cautious after dark in any city anywhere. Avoid dimly-lit and deserted places, don't get drunk, keep a close eye on your drink, don't accept lifts, don't go anywhere with people you don't know (e.g. party invitations, going to a different bar/club etc), only use official city taxis etc etc etc.

Your sister will be fine in Naples if she uses common sense and takes basic city precautions....and is extra, extra careful whenever she crosses a road even when she's on a crossing or the lights are red!

I suspect your 2016 experience was related to something else going on in the city e.g. a large football match, a general strike, national or local protests. Neither Carabineri nor Polizia would normally bother with tourists, even those hanging around Napoli Centrale (like all large touristy stations around the world it's a hotbed of pickpocketing, petty theft & scamming).

>a nice area to find accommodations in?

I'd avoid staying in central Naples just because of the unceasing and very noisy traffic! I generally advise people to base themselves in Sorrento but there are alternatives...

Sorrento is very pleasant indeed (large range of accomm, good eating, history, seaside) and an easy trip to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum using the Circumvesuviana commuter train. The bus along the Amalfi coast road runs Sorrento to Amalfi and there are both ferries and a hydrofoil to Capri.

Castellammare di Stabia is pleasant, also by the sea and on the Circumvesuviana line. It's smaller than Sorrento so saccomm & places to eat are more limited.

Modern Pompei is on the main train line as well as the Circumvesuviana ('Pompei Scavi' station by the excavations). Its location next to ancient Pompei means it sees more visitors than e.g. Castellammare so there's more in the way of food & accomm.

Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Torre Annunziata are both, in essence, suburbs of Naples and I've always found them rather sketchy.

[ Edit: Edited on 25 Feb 2024, 13:42 GMT by leics2 ]

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2562 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I have only been to Naples twice - once as a single young female in 1964. In those days I was warned about pickpockets and pinchers - apparently the Neapolitans were apt to pinch the rear ends of travelers - both females pinched by males and males pinched by females. I did not experience that so either I wasn't attractive to them or I manged to avoid them. My husband (who arrived on an aircraft carrier) didn't have any problem either. https://greatgrandmarineurop.travellerspoint.com/60/

The second time was 2008 and I was on a cruise with my 14 year old grandson. We had a private driver to take us to pompei and down the Amalfi drive. I didn't spend any time in Naples at all

I really agree with leic2 that taking normal precautions is probably all you need to do. I have been to many places where there were dire warnings about how dangerous it was and managed to escape unscathed - whether by good luck or good judgement, I can't say.