My guide books in Naples
Miscellaneous: Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Rome.
Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”.Naples. 1996, 128 pages.
Around the World. Italy. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 520 pages, 150cities, 370 churches and cathedrals, 120 museums, 29maps, 200 illustrations.
Italy. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 206 pages
An autumn visit
Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels may not be such a great idea here because of all the cobbles – Chris pulled ours valiantly all round the Piazza Garibaldi on our first evening but he had to lift it a lot :(
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You’ll want to dress in layers at this time of year. Temperatures ranged from a warm 22 degrees centigrade in the middle of the day, which found us sipping chilled white wine in Sorrento in just shirt-sleeves, to a slightly nippy 8 degrees at night, when I was glad of my thin wool jumper and mid-weight jacket. Take comfortable flat shoes to help you cope with all those cobbles, and an umbrella or waterproof coat – you may not be as lucky with the weather as we were.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy almost anything you need here, and prices are lower than the UK, but obviously you’ll need to bring prescription medicines.
Photo Equipment: Again, you can buy things quite easily here and prices are reasonable – I needed batteries for my camera and got some in Sorrento for noticeably less than I would normally pay.
Miscellaneous: With only a few days in which to explore, we found enough information in the Berlitz Pocket Guide to Naples to keep us occupied, and it has the advantage of being, exactly as the name suggests, small enough to slip into a pocket!
Cold in Napoli?
Luggage and bags: Take luggage with wheels, it's much easier to pull it than carry it around as the traffic is what it is in Naples... :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's not always that warm in Naples! I visited the city in early November and when I left from Rome it was almost +20 degrees but when I arrived to Naples (the same day) it was only +8 degrees! You can imagine I was freezing in my summery clothes :)
Even though it was sunny in Naples, the cold wind made the weather feel freezing without gloves, scarf and a warm jacket...
So, take some warm clothes with you also in autumn!
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, there are many things to photograph in Naples!
Weather Varies so check it before you pack.
Luggage and bags: waterproof and with wheels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer-shorts, skirts, and tanktops. Bring some sleeved shirts also. Catherdrals always require you to have knees and shoulders covered.
Winter bring warmer clothing. jeans, warm shirts and a jacket. noone here really wears sweaters.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own toiltries as the ones supplied in most hotels are for one use and won't be replaced.
Photo Equipment: Camera, and video as there is a lot to see and sometimes you will want to video tape sites you see...expecially in places that don't allow cameras with flash.
Luggage and bags: Pack light, especially during the summer when it's hot or you are planning on taking the bus/train to get to your location. Everything tends to be crowded in the summer and you'll just be uncomfortable with alot of things. Others are obvious but ladies shouldn't carry handbags that don't go over the shoulder. Someone will snatch it out of your hand if you're careless.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear shorts in the summer and sun glasses. Because Naples weather fronts come from Africa, it tends to get incredibly sweltering in the summer. Also keep a bottle of water with you to keep from gettng dehydrated.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's hard some times to get help in a pharmacy as sometimes the shop keepers will not have the slightest idea what you are talking about. Keep a little travel bag with you with the needed supplies such as band aids, toilet paper, and asprin.
Photo Equipment: During the day it is relatively safe to take photos just about any where. Just be careful and be observant of those around you. For the younger crowd, at night time a small digital camera is a good tool to have when you're out on the town. You'll be surprised at how many people will want to just be in your picture.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Like any beach, bring a big towel, sunscreen & sunglasses. You can sun bathe topless without any problem. Just keep your lower portion in clothing.
Bring as little as possible!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The second time i went to naples this year, i packed only the barest essentials and brought 3 changes of clothing for a two week visit! it was liberating not to have to lug a heavy case around, knowing it'll have space for all sorts of goodies to bring home when my trip was (sob!) over. i had so much space that in fact, i was able to take home 3 decent bottles of wine, several bottles of tapenade and conserves, biscuits, a pair of shoes and 6 new clothing items, with no squashing required, all in one medium-sized suitcase. it helped that in summer, people wear very little even in public...
Luggage and bags: Dont bother bringing a handbag. You'll probably end up buying a few of those in Naples. They're beautifully made, gorgeous and can be rather cheap.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I did a stupid thing-I brought my old running shoes, and open-toe heels (3-inch) to Naples in March. No sensible Napolitan female would have been caught dead in either - Firstly, Italians wear really, really nice shoes. Good shoes, well-cut-, well-made, good-looking. Even the schoolkids didnt have scruffy running shoes on. Secondly, March temperatures can dip to 5 degrees in the evening. With strong winds (common in March), it feels a lot colder.
By the third day, my toes were ready to drop off. Luckily I purchsed a pair of Italian shoes later, cheaply.
Just a note: It was sheer folly (due to jet lag, i'm sure) but I climbed Mount Vesuvius in those heels. It was not too bad going up (those 3-inch spikes really gave me a grip!!!), but going down was excruciating. In all, I took about 4 and a half hours going up to the peak and down again.
It would have been more prudent to pack some well-made, thick-soled leather loafers and ankle boots. For March, at least.
Photo Equipment: Photographic film is more expensive than in Asia, so Asian visitors, pack those reels!
Miscellaneous: Sunscreen. Sunglasses, real and counterfeit (brand), are sold everywhere in Naples.
- Budget Travel
Please don't forget your street map in Naples.
Luggage and bags: I would travel light here because I allowed myself to be turned around so many times (hence don't forget the map), I ended up travelling in the wrong direction many times getting totally lost and exhausted.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Very comfortable clothing........especially comfortable shoes, because the shopping is absolutely fantastic. So.........you want to have enough energy to find your way back to the station or your accommodation.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just the usual and the mandatory bottle of water to ward off dehydration.
Photo Equipment: The best that you have. I don't have a tripod but it could have come in handy..........my best camera is a Canon EOS 300 which I didn't have on this occasion, so these photo's were taken with my $50 camera. Plenty of photo opportunities especially for people and circumstances. I really wish that I had taken more people photo's here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I always wear a hat with a wide brim and slap on 30 plus............I have very fair skin that is sun damaged now.
Miscellaneous: Patience, Patience and more patience.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Luggage and bags: A good day pack will help. Make sure you can lock it, and always be attentive on public transportation, and when walking on crowded streets. Always secure your belongings, and never let your attention wander in crowds. Safety pins are another added security measure you can use for zippers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable shoes, and an umbrella are advisable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring sufficient medications, as it may be tough to find what you need if you don't speak Italian. Also, some of the hand sanitizer may help, as you may not find soap in restrooms
Photo Equipment: Digital is great, but any will do. A wide angle lens would be wonderful here, as the vistas are worth capturing.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are beaches nearby, so if you come in the summer don't forget your suit
Miscellaneous: I left Napoli with a beautiful Italian souvenir. She is the love of my life and definitely has the Italian ability to talk loudly and with her hands.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Agropoli is a small town and the men are real charmers. Some might say 'players', so ladies watch out! It may be no big thing to wear cut off jeans and tiny crop tops in Florida but here you're asking for perhaps a bit too much attention. If you can handle it then go ahead!
Use common sense, though, especially if you want to mingle with the locals, practice your Italian and make friends. Fashionable clothing, or just plain dress casual attire that is neat and clean, will go alot further than dirty jeans and baggy t-shirts.
I speak from experience, especially as I was visiting family! Bring comfortable shoes and don't forget your sandals!
Luggage and bags:
Well I took an absurdly small amount of stuff, having been told to come 'as I am'..however, they shops have some lovely things, of course beautiful shoes, clothes, bags, sunglasses...
but also some lovely jewellry... I was bought this lovely ring, which I ansolutely treasure
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take the usual swim wear, a swim cap, sunglasses (although this is THE place (Italy that is) to be presented with the most fantastic range of good shades). Also I would advise you you take some nice jeans and good shoes (GOOD SHOES, this is Italy, shoes matter ;-) Trainers and a classy shirt/tops ot three...the Italians look darned stylish in the simplest of attire, try to blend, look chic and understated, eh :-)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Southern Italy can get very hot in summer. Do take a light jacket for any cool evenings.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a supply of useful medicaments with you(insect repellant, sun lotion, antiseptic cream)and stick to bottled water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You absolutely need a camera and comfortable walking shoes for Pompeii. You will be walking over some rough terrain. We were there in September and there was no need for a jacket. Dress light and wear a hat because you will be in the sun.
Photo Equipment: I think everyplace I took a picture in Pompeii had enough light, you can get by with a regular 35mm w/ flash camera. Although you might want a zoom lens to get a good picture of the valcano.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there on a day in July. It was incredible hot. Mornings at 9am it was already about 32°C (90°F). So wear a T-Shirt and short pants!
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