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Old 05-25-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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Everyone goes on and on about Rome, Florence and Venice . . . what's Naples like?
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:04 AM
 
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Naples' Museo Archeologico has all the stuff that was plundered from Pompeii.
Good pizza, too.
But I have not been there in literally 30 years.
They've had problems with trash and mafia.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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I went through Naples and purposely tried to get in and out as quickly as possible. Naples is generally not thought of as a tourist destination (I've heard descriptiond of it as "the arm pit of Italy") - it has crime problems and it's very dirty, without having the tourist and cultural benefits of other Italian larger cities.

But, then again, you can find a rewarding travel experience anywhere in Italy you go.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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They've had problems with trash and mafia.
OMG, "Mafia control of waste disposal," that might say it all right there.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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great museum, great pizza, a couple spots of note

not a bad place to swing by for a day - but not an area I would want to bunker down for a night or multiple nights
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I passed through Naples last year when the trash problem was on.

We just passed through the railway station on our way to Sorrento and didn't visit the city.

Partly I'd had enough of museums and such by that time and it was suggested to us that it wasn't the 'safest' thing to do to hang around the tourist spots, the suggestion being pickpockets etc.

Now, I've no way of knowing if this were true, but I'd other things I wanted to do elsewhere.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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Despite all the trash and crime, "Naples '44" is an excellent book about a British soldier's experiences there in WWII. But that was then . . .
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:56 PM
 
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I was there last year, also when they weren't picking up the trash. Here's the jist of Naples for the tourist: It's a little dirty, a little sketchy, not a ton to do at night (see sketchy), and they do not follow any type of road rules at all (pedestrians never have the right of way). With all that being said, you SHOULD visit it. Naples has a charm all of its own.

Some of the best pizza I have ever had was in Naples. There are some cool street markets during the day. Spectacular view of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii is close, as is the Amalfi Coast (GORGEOUS!). I loved walking around the narrow hilly streets and getting lost within the city. It was great.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:23 AM
 
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Formidable sight of Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii while standing on the ruins
Avoid Naples. Cost wise and logistically, it makes more sense instead to go the route of Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri.
Limoncello, best home made mozzarella and pizza, and seafood ... and shopping.

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Old 05-27-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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Naples is dirty.
Pizza is good.
Pompeii is a must see in your life.
+1 Amalfi Coast & Sorrento.
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