There are thieves and...
There are thieves and pickpockets in Naples as elsewhere. Avoid showing off expensive jewellery. Keep money safe in deep pockets and don't walk around with all your worldly wealth about you. Many hotels have safes where you can leave valuables, but make a photocopy of all your documents in case of loss. Taking such simple precautions should ensure you have a relaxed stay.
When driving from Naples to...
When driving from Naples to Agropoli, and from there on to the Amalfi Coast, take great care as the roads are high and winding along the mountains.
Here is a photo of the road as we drove from Agropoli to Amalfi.
Watch out for men selling...
Watch out for men selling cheap things on the street. my buddy and I were taken for a couple hundred dollars on camcorders, which ended up being a box of rocks and beer bottles. These guys are professionals, and work in groups of 2-3. They pulled a switch on the real camcorders right in front of my two friends and me. They are usually at the market near Piazza Garibaldi (near the Napoli Centrale Train station).
Also, watch out for the guys who want money when you park your car on the street. They are not authorized to do this, but not paying may result in having some damage done to your car. It was only about 2,000 lire or 1 euro. Some clubs do have legitimate guys who charge, use your judgement. my suggestion is to just pay. Nothing ever happened to my car when I paid. I parked like this dozens of times.
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!!THIEVES!!! If you don't...
!!THIEVES!!! If you don't stand next to it, it's going to be stolen. I mean anything. Purses, cars, wallets, you name it someone will try to steal it. Luckily their is very little violent crime so its not dangerous just a painin the ass.
Do not even think about...
Do not even think about driving here. I live in Italy and know what Italian drivers are like. These are a different species! Traffic signals mean nothing. Nothing to the drivers AND nothing to the pedestrians. I was nervous just walking.
As usual - watch your wallets...
As usual - watch your wallets and purses. Pay taxis while still inside them, not in the street, and watch for those who just seem to be innocently 'hanging around'. Don't carry what you're not prepared to lose and don't fight them!
There are two simple things...
There are two simple things you need to remember in order to avoid theft in Naples. Firstly, try to keep money and valuables out of sight. Lastly, in buses and crowded places do not keep your wallet in the back pocket of your trousers!!!
Try NOT to get killed by those...
Try NOT to get killed by those crazy drivers in Napels! Remember: a car (vespa or something else that moves) is stronger than a pedestrian! Do NOT let the heat in the summer get that wisdom out of your brain! If you DRIVE something that moves: just be confident, use your horn a lot. Look scary and strong.
The local brand of mafiosi in...
The local brand of mafiosi in Naples are known as Camorra. Purse snatchings, pickpocketing, theft and car break-ins are rife. Violent crime however is fairly rare. Don't carry more cash than you need.
Special driving license
Do not drive in Naple, you will find really an incredible traffic and some very original interpretations of driving code.Take a taxi, take a bus, you could have to wait a bit more, but I would avoid driving there.
Watch you wallet and bags at...
Watch you wallet and bags at all times. We were told by a local to keep our money and hands in our pockets at all times - you feel stupit but it works!
Watch the traffic - they will run you down given half the chance.
If you get a taxi you are charged for every bag and double what is on the meter if there are two of you.
Visiting Napoli you have never...
Visiting Napoli you have never wear jewlery while you are walking arround the city or on means of transport (busses, metro...train). Like in every big city I racommend you not to carry too much currency with you and be carefull specially using credit cards in 'bancomat'. Never put your pocket-money in back pockets of your trousers or in bags. Take care of cameras, telecameras. Bring your mobile absolutely not in view and try don't use it often (Roaming is really expensive everywhere you go!!! LOL). It is better to use public telephones. Don't walk at dark night in not crowd streets. Stay far both from port and from 'Piazza Garibaldi' in the evening. NEVER!! NEVER!! NEVER!! buy anything from people on the streets: mobiles,cameras, telecameras, clocks..... Usually the ask very small money for it but....they will take your money and you will never get what you have paid for. They will come near to you and they will offer to sell you such 'goods', stay far from them and don't stop to talk with them. In Napoli, usually on Corso Umberto I Str, you'll find people that play with bells or cards like in Casino. Don't stop near them, not even to look. They will offer you to take their money and to play for free, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER take their money, you will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER WIN!!!! It can seems a very criminal city but it isn't true, for sure. There are many policemen on streets, even not wearing they uniform, you can visit my city quietly. Taking few precautions, you will enjoy yourself VERY MUCH and you will count days to come back as soon as possible.
Streetwise in Naples
An early Baedeker guidebook to southern Italy wrote of Naples that 'the traveller is often tempted to doubt whether such a thing as honesty is known'. You wouldn't get away with such a comment in these politically correct days, but it is nevertheless perhaps still advisable to venture into Naples with a watchful eye. There is little risk of any real physical harm befalling the unwary traveller, but tourists are often the victims of pickpockets and 'scippatori', who snatch bags as they roar past on scooters and motor bikes.
First of all, Piazza...
First of all, Piazza Garibaldi. This is the main train station and if you want to go to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi Coast, etc, you will go through here. If you arrive in Naples by train, you may wonder what sort of a city it is at first. This area was really dirty and there were loads of dodgy characters hanging about. I have heard that the hotels here...um...rent by the hour. Be very diligent and keep alert when in this area.
Next possible trouble spot is the bus. Italian buses are very crowded. Just when you think it isn't possible to fit any more people on, the driver stops and collects a dozen more. Since everyone is packed in, it would be very easy to lose your wallet and not notice it. The buses are very handy (not to mention quite cheap) so do use them - just be very careful.
Crossing the road: This is very easy, if a little intimidating at first. If you are standing at a crosswalk, the cars will not stop automatically for you. You have to step off the curb and stare at the drivers as you cross. They won't stop for you - most of the time they don't even slow down - but they will not hit you. The dents in the front of the cars are from hitting other cars, not people.:o)
Not really a warning or a...
Not really a warning or a danger, but we found it difficult to find a good map and navigate the narrow streets of the historic centre. I am sure this is because there are so many small streets that a detailed map would be impossible. It is fun getting lost, though.:o)
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