Naples; is it safe?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 1:23 PM Last Post By: clementis_fur_cap
Feb 1, 2013 9:37 PM
Naples; is it safe?I read on the web that Naples carries a bad reputation as it is not so safe to travel. How is the situation nowadays? Is it getting better or getting worse? Most likely , I pan to skip Naples in my itineary. I got the following questions.
1, I will travel from Florence and stay 4 nights in either these cities: Sorrentor or Amalfi? Which is better ? I found the accomdation in Amalfi is very expensive. In these few days, I must go to Sorentor, Pompeli, Positano , Ravello , amalfi. IIn order to reach these points, from where (Sorrentor or Amalfi) gets a more convenient transport?
2. From Florence to Sorentor, / Amalfi, is it possibel to skip Naples stop or I need to change another train in Naples train statoion? How about the bus? Will it take long time?
P.S. I don't want to pass through Naples.
Feb 1, 2013 9:49 PM
1Sorry , I made a mistake. Aftter Florence, I will go to Perugia and Sorrentor. So will there any direct bus /trian dfirectly go to these place?
Feb 1, 2013 11:26 PM
Feb 1, 2013 11:28 PM
Feb 1, 2013 11:38 PM
4Naples has recently taken great steps towards becoming a safer place. There are far fewer zombies roaming the streets than in past years, and cannibalism against tourists is now mostly limited to Americans and other comparably plump visitors (the meat from thin people is just too stringy, or so I’m told. No wonder so many Italians strive to be svelte).
The local pteradactyl population has also declined sharply, though they remain a threat on some of the outlying islands, especially to unsupervised youngsters.
Of course, with so many satanic cults based in Naples, the problem of ritual human sacrifice has proven more difficult to solve. Fortunately, most cults require a victim from within their cult (or from rival, splinter cults), so non-affiliated visitors have never really been at much risk.
In short: if you’re thin, if you can out-run a zombie, if you wear pteradactyl repellant (available in most tobacco shops) and if you aren’t a member of a satanic cult, Naples should be no more dangerous than any other large city.
Feb 1, 2013 11:47 PM
This might be a useful link for one of those potential problems.....
Feb 1, 2013 11:49 PM
Feb 3, 2013 4:14 AM
7It was only in this query milasoer posted a couple of day earlier http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2295226
that he wanted to spend days scootering around Naples - so it is difficult to take this post seriously. Just in case milasoer wants a straight, no messing, no irony, straight from the hip answer - spend at least 3 days in Naples and enjoy the food, the views, the museums and the people, it is a great place
Feb 4, 2013 2:15 PM
8I do not think Naples is safe at all. My husband and I were there in October 2012. We were walking down Corso Umberto I from the Piazza Garibaldi (following Rick Steve's self-guided tour) at 1:00 in the afternoon. I man tried to get my husband's fanny pack off (he could not, thank goodness we had a SafePac fanny pack), and then tried to get his watch off. I was screaming the whole time, and the street was packed with people. They just stood there watching. My husband struggled with the man for a while, then the man finally got his watch and got on a waiting motor bike. The worst part is that every one just stood by and watched. I would not recommend visiting Naples.
Feb 4, 2013 7:33 PM
9#8, that sounds like a horrible experience but probably just bad luck.We get regular posts here about people being robbed/ripped off in Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, and every other major city.
fact is, where there are lots of people, there are always a few bad people. So some visitors have bad luck but the vast majority of people are just fine. One bad incident doe not make a city unsafe.
Feb 4, 2013 7:34 PM
Feb 4, 2013 11:07 PM
11#8 is a good example of how NOT to travel......
First...don't wear a 'fanny pack'...carrying your money outside your clothes is an invitation to thieves.A money belt INSIDE your clothes is another story.
Second...don't wear a valuable watch.My travel watch cost 2 euros.If someone wants to steal it,I'll give it up.no problem.As it is plastic (and looks plastic)..no-one has ever tried to steal it.
If you walk around any city in the world inviting people to rob you,someone will take the invitation......
Feb 4, 2013 11:45 PM
Feb 5, 2013 1:00 AM
13#8 - I got attacked by two gypsy types outside Roma Termini station a couple of years ago when they tried to take the wallet out of my inside jacket pocket. If I want to go home where I live in Umbria I have little choice but catch a train at Termini or one of the other stations in Rome, but it doesn't mean I can't go to Rome again. These things happen, some ( but not many) people are like that
Feb 5, 2013 3:32 AM
14ya, very cute ya'll.
we got mugged in broad daylight in Naples too. or at least, they tried. on a bright, clean but empty street in a nice-ish area. no 'invitation' in sight (no jewelry at all, no camera, not in nasty area of town). no one stuck their head out the window to see what the (rather noisy) ruckus was about either. no I have never been mugged before or since, anywhere, including some places I should not have been. wut am I supposed to carry a machine gun while strolling down the road to indicate I'm not an easy target?? they seemed to have wanted to get in hubbies pockets. certainly neither of us is in a position to 'deck' anyone, but we're both tough and bad tempered 'customers' and they gave up after a scuffle. then a guy with a moped drove up asking if we "needed any help". pffft. don't think they expected to be dealing with two of us fighting back. I consider us very lucky as it was quite violent overall. got knocked down, scrapped up and scared pretty good.
Naples is a beautiful city, albeit a bit run down. been there more than once, but I won't go back.
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