Yet another question about Naples safety
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM Last Post By: jayeonthrontree
Feb 16, 2013 5:37 PM
15Just back from Naples. I'm not easily worried by street theft, having worked and traveled a lot in the third world, but I do think it would be worthwhile taking precautions in Naples, particularly around the train station and Piazza Garibaldi. I carry my passport and most money and cards in a very thin pouch inside my clothes since having been pickpocked twice in Latin America. And I did that in Naples too. There were gangs of kids riding motorcycles recklessly up and down the streets (no lights) in one neighborhood, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were practicing up for bag-snatching. There is a lot of garbage in the streets, the street lighting isn't great, and there's a lot of grafitti. Reminds me of NYC about 15 years ago - even though it might not be dangerous, it feels that way.
But Naples is a very interesting town, the food is great, the archeological museum is fantastic, and people are very friendly, so I would recommend it as a destination.
Feb 16, 2013 9:15 PM
Feb 16, 2013 11:23 PM
17There are 'gangs of kids riding motorcycles recklessly' in most parts of Meditteranean Europe..thats what they do as a hobby ;-) And Naples is famous for garbage in the streets......
Still.....taking precautions is always a good idea,in any place.
Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM
18Actually lucapal, the gangs of kids we saw in Naples were really different from those I've seen elsewhere. They didn't seem like they were out having fun, but instead seemed really angry. Two or even three on a bike, swooping along and grabbing at things and people.
But I wouldn't want anyone to miss Naples because of my remarks. It is a fascinating place!
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