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    Parks at night

    by xaver Updated Jan 11, 2016

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    This is practically the only green area in the historical center of Napoli. We came after sunset and it was nearly deserted and not so illuminated, so may be it's better to come during day light. Inside the Villa there is an Aquarium which is under permanent works.

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    Car insurance in Naples

    by boasnovas Updated Jan 8, 2016

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    Planning to visit Naples or Amalfi Coast do a full car insurance. Driving over there is very dangerous and in Naples 90% of the car have at least minimal injuries. Specially around Amalfi coast the road is winding and everybody in a hurry...

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    Be aware about the robbers riding on the motorbike

    by Oleg_D. Updated Sep 3, 2014

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    I’m no eager to say but I must admit that first time for fifty years my wife became a victim of the crime when a robber sitting on the passenger sit of the motorbike behind the driver tore away the golden chain with the golden pendent with pearl from her neck. So, here in the photos you can see the motorbike with its license plate number used by the criminals. Chain and pendant were not expensive, the price was approximately about 600 Euros but we were very disappointed. So, how that crime was committed? On August 22, 2014 about 17:25 hours we were walking eastward along Via Vittorio Emanuele III in front of Castel Nuovo. When we crossed Via Giuseppe Pisanelli then driver of a motorbike with license plate number CC 41321 made his left turn from Via Vittorio Emanuele III to Via Giuseppe Pisanelli. He had to yield the passage to pedestrians but failed to do that as majority of local drivers. My wife was the first and I stood couple paces behind her. When motorbike was passing by then the passenger sitting behind the driver stretched his right hand toward my wife. I thought he just was trying to prevent her cross the street in order to avoid a collision. Then motorbike passed I noticed that the passenger snatched the golden chain from the neck of my wife. Motorbike driver pressed gas and escaped along Via Giuseppe Pisanelli toward Via Ruggero Leoncavallo. I was abused very much because everything happened very suddenly I could do nothing. When I realized what had happened then was too late to do something. The only thing I could do was to take a picture of robbers and their motorbike.
    Conclusion is very neat and simple – don’t try to learn that lesson personally use our experience. I could kill both robbers with my bare hands if I could catch them but I couldn’t because there were nobody to fight when I realized what has happened and now I can only bite my own elbows in furious anger.

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  • Naples Taxi Ride

    by johngodd Written Jun 1, 2014

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    My wife and I visited Naples on the 18th May and were very disappointed that we did. We had the wildest taxi ride from Stazione Centrale to our hotel that you could imagine.

    The manager of our hotel told me by email to ask the driver the price before getting in and to ensure that it was no more than 15 Euro so before getting into the cab I asked how much to Hotel Ma........., the driver said 20 Euro. I said "only 15". We started to walk towards another Taxi but the driver reluctantly grabbed our bags and literally threw them in the cab and said ok.

    We had just run the gauntlet of spivs and touts that haunt Centrale so we were already on the back foot but little did we know.

    He then took off at a hundred miles per hour, over the cobbled streets, down alleys, flying through the smallest gaps, going like the clappers, obviously trying to intimidate and scare us. He was rushing headlong up a hill on a very narrow cobbled road with parked cars on either side and oncoming traffic.
    He saw a small gap that was obviously not big enough for 4 vehicles.

    As he made a dive for it he side swiped the oncoming car, his mirror broke off and flew through the air but that only spurred him onto greater feats of stupidity. I had the video camera running but unfortunately, just before that incident I had turned it off so that I could hang on with both hands.
    Neither driver stopped, later it became apparent that this is a common incident, my wife's little mirror had been broken in our suitcase on the trip over, there was mirrors lying all over the place so we just picked one up off the street and she used that. We brought it home as a memento of Napoli, a city I hope I never have the displeasure to visit again. We departed by bullet train to Rome a day early and were glad we did.

    If Napoli has any redeeming features they were not apparent to us. I have travelled a fair bit including Asia and particularly China but Naples was reminiscent of the Old Wild West.
    The streets are littered with debri from accidents, there was rubbish everywhere, dog crap all over the footpaths and graffiti on almost every building.

    Some people say it is a city waiting to be discovered but there must be hundreds of cities in the world that are more worthy of spending your hard earned cash on than this one. The people of Napoli don't respect their own city so why would you go there?
    It is not an attractive city in any way. We had read many reviews but still decided to go there as it was the last stop before the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii but never again.

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  • Don't Be Fooled!

    by J-smith07 Written May 22, 2014

    So unless its changed dramatically since I was there in 2009, its no different then being in any other big city LA, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta. Be aware of your surroundings, and pack lightly (I made this mistake of course I lived in Sorrento for 3 months)! Behind the graffiti, trash, insane traffic and loud people is a vibrant, bustling, beautiful city with thousands of years of history waiting to be acknowledged! The transit system (Metropolitana di Napoli), is efficient although extremely CROWDED!!!
    Our first trip into Naples from Sorrento was uhhh....interesting! We traveled in 4 of us and we stuck together the whole time! We knew nothing about the camorra and how they control trash pick up, when we walked out of the train station, we were surrounded by pigeons alive and dead and trashed piled up as far as we could see.... WE WERE FREAKED OUT and went back into the train station. However if we would have walked out only another block like we did the next time we were right in the heart of the city Gelaterias, osterias, trattorias, pizzerias everywhere...
    Napoli is an old city, a poor city, but its beautiful just don't let the graffiti and trash be your decision factor for this city. Like i said before its a big city and as with any big city you HAVE to be AWARE of your SURROUNDINGS oh and ps screw people trying to sell you stuff like a phone or something on the street are you really that gullible? Do you listen to that crap back home NO because its a scam. The fendi purse that my friend bought from the african immigrant we knew was fake, especially when the police came strolling up!

    Again beautiful city, hidden by trash, corruption, and old age!

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  • Not dangerous!

    by srsaxton Written Mar 26, 2014

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    I went to Rome and Naples in September of 2012 as a 40-something single woman. Before going, I read all the information I could find about Naples. Not surprisingly, some people love it, and some people hate it. I think I am closer to the love side. There is graffiti. Sometimes there is trash in the streets. People hang out outside. Coming from the US, we usually consider those hallmarks of a bad area, but in Naples it’s really not. Every morning I would head out for my day and see normal people going to work, opening shops, cleaning, etc. Starting about 5 or 6 pm, it seemed like everyone went outside. The city came alive. For me, it was a bit of sensory overload. If you sat back and watched though, whole communities went outside to socialize. There were people with their dogs, standing around and talking. Children were playing. Elderly men and women would sit and talk or play games. Teenagers would hang out. The thing is, though, everyone did it. I never felt the least bit unsafe in Naples. Of course, I made an effort to stay in mostly residential areas, so I saw real people living real lives. I found the people warm and very friendly. I visited Ischia, Pompeii and Herculaneum while I was in Naples. I never saw anything dangerous or worrisome, even at the tourist destinations. I would absolutely go back. Be aware. Use caution like you would in any other big city. Do not act like you have a lot of money. Above all, do not act nervous or be nervous. Go to Naples with an open mind and enjoy the city and people for what they are.

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  • Beware Naples pickpockets.

    by moiknowles Written Sep 14, 2013

    We were staying in Sorrento for two weeks and travelled to Naples on two separate days. Three unconnected gangs of pickpockets targeted us at different times. They each used specific tactics - posing as friendly locals, following us onto the metro and trying to steal from our back packs and one even slid his hand round my friends torso to try and steal from his body belt. They know their trade and are very clever. We were aware and protected ourselves by burying anything valuable - from money to cameras - at the bottom of our back packs and always looked out for one another. One group of persistent thieves had an air of callousness that suggested the potential for violence if they had caught us on a lonely or dark street.
    This is so reminiscent of New York in the 1970's.

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  • Beware Naples pickpockets.

    by moiknowles Written Sep 14, 2013

    We were staying in Sorrento for two weeks and travelled to Naples on two separate days. Three unconnected gangs of pickpockets targeted us at different times. They each used specific tactics - posing as friendly locals, following us onto the metro and trying to steal from our back packs and one even slid his hand round my friends torso to try and steal from his body belt. They know their trade and are very clever. We were aware and protected ourselves by burying anything valuable - from money to cameras - at the bottom of our back packs and always looked out for one another. One group of persistent thieves had an air of callousness that suggested the potential for violence if they had caught us on a lonely or dark street.
    This is so reminiscent of New York in the 1970's.

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  • Naples - a beautiful yet very dysfunctional city

    by dianaboeck Written Aug 11, 2013

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    After my husband and I arrived at the central train station in Naples to take in the sites we headed for the Tourist Office and after prying the attendant off the lap of his girlfriend was able to get him to go over a basic layout and tourist map of the city (the map provided to us did not list street names). He suggested we head over to the Central Antiqua neighborhood which we were told was the vibrant historical area with lots of twisty windy streets, cafes and shops. After following his directions for several blocks we were taken aback by the garbage strewn streets, graffitied monuments and general unsavory vibe of the area. Everyone we asked told us we were in the "historic area" but after spending 30 more minutes of trying to find this area we gave up and headed back to the station. I've never in my life experienced such a dysfunctional city faced with such an overwhelming challange of processsing their daily trash output. Something told me however, that Naples' problems go much deeper and there seems to be a deep seated apathy and demorilization of its populace. Not clear why Romeo sent us to this crappy neighborhood but I think the Napolitans have honed survival skills where they don't see the city in its true light. We did however head over to the National Museum which houses treasures of the many ancient cultures that have called Napoli their home and most important to me--some of the treasures salvaged from Pompeii and Herculaneum. After seeing the barely visible sign for the musem covered in graffiti and surrouonded by boxes of trash we decided just to split.
    Unfortunately we discovered we had to spend a night in Naples since our train left early in the a.m. from the main station for the next leg of our trip. Upon scrupulous internet search for a hotel in a decent safe part of town, all arrows seemed to point to the harbor area where we rented a B and B for just one night.
    The hotel was lovely, the staff quite warm and friendly. We decided to take a walk through the beautiful waterfront neighborhood and came upon the Gallerai Umbert--a spectacular Victorian era shopping arcade. After walking around taking in the lovely scenery we sat down at the cafe in the arcade. Long story short, a tag team of gypsies quite stealthfully, I might add, managed to steal my husbands wallet from his front pocket --walking away with $250.00 including his ID and credit cards. The cafe owners were of no use and in fact when the gypsy family initially apppoaced us they were not shooed away but were allowed to accost the cafe's cutstomers. The degree to which the waiters were so eager to turn the other cheek made us think they were somehow involved. Even after I ID'd the young girl who created the distraction that allowed the pickpocketing to happen, the neraby security guards explained that she was just a young girl who meant no harm.
    So within 15 minutes of re-arriving in Naples my husand's wallet was gone. We spent the rest of the evening at the Naples Police Station filling out a report--The police did seem very concerned and professional and just seemed overwhelmed with the task at hand.

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  • Luggage stolen off of train!

    by eufemia3 Written Jul 24, 2013

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    Beware Of Luggage Being stolen off the train!!!! My luggage was stolen off the train, I safely got on and put it in the luggage holding area and when I arrived to my destination it was not there. The police was no help Napoli Central is filled with low down criminals. The police only said make a report and they obviously by their laughter have no intention of finding my luggage. This is a disaster all my personal belongings were in there. I am distressed. Always keep your luggage next to you even on the train. Look out for suspicious ppl on the train leaving with your luggage at every stop. I hope this avoids someone from going thru this experience.

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  • ipad and iphone 5 scam

    by nexia201 Written Jun 5, 2013

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    Was stopped by a guy near pjazza Garibaldi ,this guy was trying to sell me an ipad and iphone for 300 euro showed me recipts for it and i was keeping an eye on the bag and every time i tried to open the bag to check it he seemed to take it out of my hand ! it was 4 of us looking at the bag and he still managed to change the stuff inside for 2 stones and a tile when he lowered the price to 150 euro and we agreed he just vanished with the help of other assholes !!! if anyone aproach you with stuff like this just tell them to *** off no need to be polite with such scam they ***ed up my holiday i dont know why criuse liners still stop here to have their clients robbed !!

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    Asking For Trouble

    by painterdave Updated Nov 6, 2012

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    We walked over a large part of Naples, keeping our eyes out to stay away from a situation putting ourselves at risk, being aware of all the stories of pickpockets, etc.
    I feel that the area near the train station is an area to be aware of a problem late at night. There are many, many immigrants who during the day only hassle people to buy their wares, but during the night they are out wandering around. We stayed in a hotel 5 minutes from the station and it was a place NOT to hang around in. It is best to always keep moving if you have to walk through this area. Don't allow yourself to become squeezed into a group.
    If a bus is crowded, wait for the next one.
    We used the metro and it was far less crowded.
    Don't flash your wallet and money around to be viewed by desperate people.
    I put my wallet in my front pocket and when in a bus, my hand was in there for protection.
    Got a big camera, take it out when you are using it, and put it away after. Don't leave anything alone, on the floor, or seat, and keep your strap over your head and on the other shoulder.

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    Do *not* believe the horror stories.

    by leics Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    I know from answering questions on the forums that Naples has a bad reputation. In my opinion, this is unwarranted.

    If, like me, you are visiting for the day there is nothing more about which to be concerned than when visiting any large European city. Take normal city common sense precautions and you will have no problems.

    Just because somewhere is a bit grubby, very busy, very noisy and clearly not hugely wealthy does not mean that there are great risks involved in exploring.

    I spent several hours walking the Forcella and centro storico areas, exploring the narrow alleyways, the shops, the streetlife and the history. At no time did I feel in any danger whatsoever. I cannot speak for how I would feel walking late at night, but I do not choose to walk alone late at night anywhere: that is not common sense city behaviour for a solo female in any city, anywhere. Imo.

    Stay alert for traffic, of course: Naples traffic is frantic and chaotic. Stay alert for the many scooters: not because they will grab your bag (the chances of that happening are tiny, and pretty much non-existent if you wear your bag strap over your body as locals do) but because they appear out of nowhere on the narrowest of streets. Take extra care when crossing roads, and do not dither about doing so...walk confidently, and keep walking. Traffic *will* avoid you.

    Naples is a 'dangerous' place to visit during normal hours? No. Absolutely not.

    Narrow, busy streets.... ...and alleyways.... More narrow streets Possibly dangerous for cars...
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    Piazza Garibaldi is seedy at night, be careful!

    by travelnut71 Written Sep 21, 2011

    There is a lot of pickpocketing here and people running off with your bags. This place is a melting pot for everyone who has business intentions, like selling you fake purses and watches, to some who just want to run off with your own. If you are careful and keep steer and distance with people, nothing will happen, but if you are not, just be careful! There is a Carbinieri office in the area (police). If you feel threatened or something happened, just go see them. If someone bothers you, tell them you will go call the carbinieri. Be aware of scams. I have encountered a white fellow from East Europe with a luggage in his hand coming up to me in this square in broad daylight. He asked me how to get to a certain hotel. He spoke in English with an accent. I replied in Italian, dialect too and a stern voice that I didn't have time to help. My gut feeling was right. He left me alone. He went to another tourist, and then I saw him walking in a small street with them. The tourist was leading them to where he wanted, a small street. Then I saw him running off with a camera bag and a purse in the opposite direction! Some people may purposely as you a question to see if you speak English and study your body language to see if you can be an easy victim. Beware. If they need help. Be polite, just tell them there is a police office around the corner and maybe they can help there. Just saying this shows them that you may be aware of the area and a threat to them if they harm or steal from you. Refrain from saying where you are from, give as little information as possible. Usually when someone abroad asks you where you are from and they are providing you a service, sadly, they are calculating how much more they can charge you. Sometimes they even ask you if it's your first time there.. usually cab drivers do this.. never say it's your first time and always pretend you know where it is and how long it takes to get there, do your research and tell him the distance and time and that you have been there before. They are less likely to charge you a ridiculous price or take you around the city. This applies to any city in the world!

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    Keep hold of your bags.

    by wandabendik Written Sep 28, 2010

    We were told theft is rife, so we were very cautious.
    As we were walking the streets to find our hotel we saw a woman chasing a gang of boys, who had just stolen a bag from her friend.
    So beware, beware, beware.

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  • Aug 31, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Any Major city any where in the world HAS CRIME . This city is no different USE YOUR HEAD period, be a little street wise. Dont walk around with any jewels on you and don't stop and talk to anyone trying to get you to buy something or looking for a hand out. I have been to this city 3 times and stay in the Centro every time LOVE THIS CITY. And never have had a problem ITS A OLD BIG CITY I come from New York and its just as bad there, and I am just as street wise there people are so funny Rome to us was worse then Napoli. The people the food the colors the history is fantastic in this city. So if you don't want to come there great we do every year , your loss. As far as the graffiti there form of art and its all over ITALY. Read about it. To me Napoli is the real Italy not a tourist trap. And they have there crime to. This whole world is changing. Stay home and live in fear, up to you. When its your time its your time there or in your bed.

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      Aug 31, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      Hello, Caroline, and welcome to Virtual Tourist! You've posted some wise words for travelers to Italy - and Naples in particular - and it's very nice to have another voice urging simple caution and not fear! Please think about creating some of your own VT pages with tips and reviews about the city you enjoy so much? I'm sure you have much you could share with us!

  • Jun 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    I'm so terribly sorry to hear that this happened to you! Naples is not on our agenda and now I'm glad that it is not. I certainly hope we don't have any problems like what you experienced in the other towns and cities we'll be visiting in Italy. Thanks so much for answering.

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      Jun 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Crime happens everywhere in the world. Having walked Naples as a solo middle-aged female with no issues whatsoever, just as I have walked almost all the places I've visited, I really don't think Naples is any more 'dangerous' than e.g. London. Paris, NYC or Washington...and, to be frank, it is considerably less 'dangerous' than some places I've visited. To assume that the 'snatch and grab' crime reported below is 'common' simply because it happened once to one person is neither logical nor accurate.

      By the way, Sorrento has its fair share of pickpockets and petty thieves, as does everywhere...and I had no problems there either.

      So please relax about your Italian trip. Just use normal city commonsense, keeping your valuables in the hotel safe or in an inside pocket/under-clothing pouch and you'll be absolutely fine.

  • Jun 7, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Handbag snatched right off my body by man on scooter - Hi, I just want to share my experience today in Naples. 5 minutes after arriving in Naples I had my handbag snatched from my chest/ shoulders by a man on a scooter. My boyfriend and I left the metro station and had a few minutes walk to our hotel. In this time we had been followed and targeted by this awful person.

    So this is what happened just to give you some idea of what to look out for. When we got off at metro station called Cavour in Naples I had my bag in the safest place which was strapped over my shoulder and then pulled round in front of my body. This clearly is not enough to stop crime like this in naples! We knew where our hotel was so we started walking out the station. Within seconds a scooter turned sharply in front of me and my boyfriend which we both jumped out the way of and then committed thinking how odd the drivers behaviour was. We carried on walking down the next road (clearly the driver was then following us but on a separate road) and suddenly this same man on the scooter was driving straight at us as we crossed the road. My boyfriend even committed saying "that is the crazy scooter man from a minute ago". The driver again braked sharply in front of us and offered a hand gesture for my boyfriend to cross the road which he then crossed. Of course I assumed this meant I should also cross but when I started to cross the driver drove at me and with one hand reached out to me which I thought was him offering for me to also cross. It happened so suddenly but before I knew it the man sharply snatched at my handbag and broke it off the leather straps. He then drove off quickly leaving me in a state of shock with only my handbag strap left round my neck.

    No matter how safe you think you are with you bag you are always at high risk of this type of crime in Naples especially around metro stations and tourist areas with back streets for the scooters to speed off down. We only came to naples so we can visit pompeii. I was recommended staying in sorrento but I read some reviews saying naples is safe. If you are reading this before booking I would strongly recommend never coming to naples as this type of crime is clearly very common and it could happen to you. If my bag did not snap then the man would have pulled me under his bike and this could have been fatal. Please please choose sorrento over naples any day....I know people say sorrento is full of tourist but I would prefer to see happy tourists than have my bag, credit cards, cash and new mobile phone stolen. On top of that I am now very scared to walk the streets of Naples.

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