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“Naples - A Fascinating Mix, Read More......” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bay of Naples
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Private Half-Day Boat Excursion: Capri Island from Positano
Ranked #755 of 2,377 things to do in Campania
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Naples - A Fascinating Mix, Read More......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have read some of the reviews about Naples and can totally understand why they are so mixed. We went for four days and there wasn't time to do everything we wanted to. If you arrived here for a short time with no information or guide (such as a short stop on a cruise) I can imagine the impression Naples offers would be sadly lacking. Many parts of the city are a labyrinth of cobbled, narrow streets that are in many cases dirty and full of graffiti. Look past all of the surface grime though and it is a fascintating place. There are underground tunnels, funicular railways, an unfinished underground metro system and tons of history. Yes the traffic is totally manic and it would be very easy to be run over by thousands of mopeds but once you get used to it, do as the locals do and weave between it! There are castles - visit Castel Sant Elmo at the top of Vomero Hill. You can get on the funicular railway to the top of the hill and the views over the bay are amazing right out to Pompei. Most importantly though this is a city of two distinct parts. In order to understand it you have to see the Chiaia area which is completely different to the 'old' city and beyond this out to the sea. Get on the Metro out to Mergellina and walk down to the coast. Here you will find wide streets with little traffic and quiet hotels facing the sea which is a complete contrast. If you have time and a good map walk back towards the old city and you will pass through an area of designer shops and a quieter more refined district. Around the bay near Castel dell Ovo there are numerous restaurants with tables on the streets looking out to sea. It isn't a cheap place, but then again, what city is? An average 2 - 3 course evening meal with wine will set you back around 70 euros. It is a typical city where you do need to have your wits about you, but I felt quite safe. It would easy to dismiss it in a moment, I'd encourage you to look further and see it for the heady, mad, enthralling place it really is.

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“See Naples and live again !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

....and this goes for Campania....no other companion will do. Amalfi coast including romantic Sorrento, Isle of Capri, Anacapri, Positano, Vesuvias always holding sentry....the BOSS..no mistaking. Enough about the places....now the people....warm, embracing, romantic....they make love to you just by looking at you, and come on admit it, we all want to drown in the sea of love. They love with passion and debate with passion but oh they know how to shake hands at the end....no animosity and no bearing of grudges....it's too damn hot to do so !!!

So raise a glass of limoncello to our return to the land of the truly lovely people...oh of course...the food...healthy, fresh, tasty. Tomatoes that taste as juicy as tangerines...Olive oil like a wine decanted for two hours....but no waiting game here, straight out of the bottle poured onto homemade arromatic rosemary pitta...mozzarella di bufalo....creamy and tender on the tongue. We were kissed by South Italy...next time we're going back for an all round rib-breaking bear hug.....Can't wait !!!!

Visited September 2012
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“Naples is disgusting”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

First and last time to Naples, it is filthy, noisy and unsafe. We stayed two hours and left, in that time i was almost ran over on zebra crossing and approached 4 times by beggers. Pick pockets are everywhere and i have never felt so unsafe. Having travelled the world to many large cities, this has to ve the worst. There was litter at every turn. My advice, keep to the villages and small towns which are beautiful. Vico Equense and Sorrento are particualy beautiful and the trains are easy to use and cheap. But they are basic.

Visited June 2012
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

We had a lovely week in Sorrento from where we used the local transport to see the sites. The buses and trains are usually very regular and very cheap - but you'll probably have to stand. We waited 45 minutes for the bus to Positano (from outside the train station) and were the last ones on. The queue behind us was approx 100 people (i.e. another 2 buses). The bus back (which I assume started at Amalfi) was already packed when another 10 got on at Positano. We had to push them from behind to get the door shut (rather like the Japanese underground). As the road back was a sheer drop and the driver had people almost sitting on his lap we decided it wasn't safe so waited another 30 minutes. Again, we got the last two seats. But Positano was lovely.
We wanted to see Naples National Archaeological Museum where a lot of stuff taken from Pompeii and Herculaneum is kept. Well worth a visit (€6 each) - many mosaics, fantastic bronze statues, silver, medical tools etc. We paid for a guide (€10 each) who didn't speak very good English and admitted she had never been to Rome!. I would suggest an audio guide. The ferry from Sorrento cost €11 return (if I remember correctly) and was a lot more pleasant to standing for a hour on a dirty train. After reading TripAdvisor comments about safety in Naples we decided to get a taxi from the port to the Museum and walk back if we thought it looked like the reports had been exaggerated. The taxi took 10 minutes and cost €16 (it was like a theme park horror ride!) but well worth it. We walked back to the port (approx 30 minutes) and saw what an awful place Naples is. There was nothing positive you could say - it was filthy. I cannot think of a more disgusting European city than Napoli (it sounds romantic though). Even the Basilica was smothered in graffiti. We were glad to get back on the boat.
We also visited Pompeii and Herculaneum on the train (I think about €5 return). We tried Pompeii with the audio and a map - forget it! As previously reported, it's like a maze and although you've got a map, the road you want to go up is probably closed off. Next time I'll have a guide. At least they know how to get to the main buildings. We left The House of Mysteries until last. This was a mistake a we were worn out after 5 hours of walking on cobbles and were 'Romaned Out'. In the three minutes we were in it it looked highly impressive.
Prices in Sorrento were fine - usually €5 for two coffees. The Foreigners Bar is fantastic value for food and drink and a cracking view.
La Meridiana Hotel, Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Positano, all fantastic. Naples - NO.

Visited May 2012
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“Naples! Dreadful Place!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

We just came back from Naples in Italy and we were so glad to get home! The city is an absolute toilet. It's filthy and smelly and the traffic and people are unbelievable. The drivers all think everyone else is telepathic! They never indicate or stop at junctions or traffic lights. Everyone thinks THEY have the right of way, regardless of the road conditions or the traffic flow and the scooters will give you a heart attack! They just dive out of junctions straight under your nose. Make sure you stay awake or you'll kill someone! We saw only three police cars in the three days we were there and they were all talking on mobile phones. There is NO enforcement of the traffic law, except the parking laws which the wardens treat as a competition! If you have to go to Naples, go straight to where you are going and then get the hell out! An experience I never want to repeat. Go to Rome, it's so much nicer!

Visited April 2012
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