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Review of Naples

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michigan
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
“beware”
Reviewed 13 October 2008

We drove the amalfi coast. We drove the back roads of england and london. We have driven the autobahn in Germany. We drove the streets of naples and miricalously not a scratch but we will never do that again. Stick shift on very steep stone slippery streets so narrow you hugged in your sholders in anticipation. Italian drivers do not stop or give way. They view lights as a suggestion. You have to be menacingly aggressive to get anywhere, but risk your life in the process. The insistant motorcycles and motor bikes, like nats all around, just take the experience to another level. There are no!!!! rules for the 2 wheelers, they have the right of way in all instances and use it.
ALSO, MUGGED a very organized group of criminals scoped us out and followed four of us for blocks before ripping us off. this was clearly something they did very frequently, as it was so well
Choreographed. It took maybe 2 seconds before the theif was done and on his Accomplice's motorbike and gone. A spectator apologized but never warned us.

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8 Thank elsasgrandma
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
188 helpful votes
“Be very careful with your personal items”
Reviewed 1 August 2008

We visited Naples and overall had a good time, but do be very careful where you go - especially when it comes to the shopping areas and markets. We were aware that people had bags stolen by passing scooters and that there were pickpockets, but were unprepared for the gangs in the markets.

We became aware that there were a group of young lads watching and following us. They were working in two groups, one slightly ahead of us and one lagging behind. We first became aware of them when we were browsing stalls in the markets, only of the first group to begin with, but as time progressed over a ten or fifteen minute period, and as we became more concerned it was apparent that they were working together, and seemed to be getting closer.

I got to the point where I felt quite intimidated by their intense attention to my purse, and my partners camera. Neither of which were being flashed around but this was enough to make us feel quite threatened. We left the market by the most accessible open area and made sure we didn't get into crowded areas again.

Its hard to summarise in writing the feelings we had during this short period of time, and we normally wander around markets, but never before had we experienced this sort of attention or feeling of being 'cased' for intended theft. I would seriously suggest taking extreme care in the markets and crowded area of Naples.

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8 Thank Jules1962
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
65 helpful votes
“Nastiest place on earth”
Reviewed 27 June 2008

With or without a garbage strike, Naples is a cesspool. I had visited once before, 20 years ago, when it was dirty but not too bad. Now it is filthy beyond belief. The piles of garbage in street are an invitation to rats--Naples is famous as the site of the last major bubonic plague outbreak, at end of WWII, and I guess they are hoping to revisit that experience!

We went to the archeological museum, but I wouldn't recommend bothering. Half of it is closed, including much of the sculpture, Greek pots and wall paintings from Pompeii. I wanted to go to Campodimonte museum, but the bus was too awful to face.

Train station is horrible. Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii is dreadful. Pickpockets are the world's best. Taxi drivers are famous for taking the long way around.

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4 Thank Artaficionado
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
11 helpful votes
“NAPLES-NOT A FRIENDLY PLACE!”
Reviewed 9 June 2008

Having just come back from a 14 day adventure encompassing, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. We enjoyed most of the ports we were at, with one notable exception.

We were most disappointed with Italy in general, graffiti was everywhere, and was especially notable in Naples. The trains had graffiti all over them, on some cars you couldn't even see out of the trains. Bags of trash lined the streets-come to find out that they were in the middle of a garbage strike that had been going on for months.

But even the main square, Garibaldi Square had graffiti all over it. Imagine going to Trafalger Square or Piccadilly Circus, and finding graffiti all over the monuments.

The most disappointing point occurred when I was walking down one of the streets, a two man team consisting of a man on a motor cycle who attempted to distract us while his accomplice stepped out of a doorway, and attempted to snatch my purse.

Any burglary attempt was foiled by my husband who handled the situation. (let's just say that having a husband who is in the Special Forces helps) All the bystanders just sort of looked on and did nothing. We continued on and found a police substation, we made the gestures to show a motorcycle, and someone trying to grab my purse. They mumbled amongst themselves, and then shrugged and said they didn't understand.

At the end of the day, i have never been more glad to get back on board the safety of the cruise ship and essentially get out of Dodge!.

So if you do end up visiting Naples anytime soon, be wary. skip Naples itself, and take the train out of town and go visit Pompeii. That will probably be the highlight of your day. But be warned with 1/3 of the population unemployed there, you need to be VERY alert.

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7 Thank Hazelra
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Durham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed 31 May 2008

A great place to stay. Had its few problems like all cities but the people are so friendly. We always got help when looking for a place. the shops are cheap and you can pick up some really nice stuff. Traffic is fun to watch and getting across the road is an art.

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Thank JColemanUK
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