Naples Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by dianaboeck
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by dianaboeck
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by dianaboeck

Best Rated Warnings and Dangers in Naples

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo

    Streetwise in Naples

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • SeaBreezeUSA's Profile Photo

    Common Sense...

    by SeaBreezeUSA Updated Sep 8, 2002

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are places, like in any city, where you should not go or should be careful. But with common sense, you should have no problems. Watch out late at night, especially if you are a woman or by yourself.

    Was this review helpful?

  • oneonta_ni's Profile Photo

    Not really a warning or a...

    by oneonta_ni Updated Aug 24, 2002

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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)

    Was this review helpful?

  • oneonta_ni's Profile Photo

    First of all, Piazza...

    by oneonta_ni Updated Aug 24, 2002

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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)

    Was this review helpful?

  • vonmilla's Profile Photo

    Naples reportedly has a...

    by vonmilla Written Aug 24, 2002

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Naples reportedly has a lot of pickpockets and cashiers who will intentionally cheat you when they make change. In three trips to Naples, I never experienced either difficulty, but I've heard the problem is chronic.

    Was this review helpful?

  • nomad12321's Profile Photo

    Naples has lots of crime

    by nomad12321 Written Apr 29, 2006

    Always be careful, keep your wallet in your front pocket, and your purse very close to you, not at your side. If driving be sure not leave anything out, not even cigarrettes or sun glasses. I've never had a problem in Naples with theft, except for the one time I forgot to take the face plate off my stereo. As long as you're careful you shouldn't have a problem. Naples is a great city with a lot of character.

    Was this review helpful?

  • sissah's Profile Photo

    Thieves and scams...

    by sissah Updated Feb 16, 2004

    Watch your wallet at all times in Naples, especially if you get out of the downtown train station and wander around. Put the wallet in the front pocket or make sure you've got a money belt on. You won't even realize how fast it'll be gone. Also, there's a really big scam that they'll sell you a nice camera (or whatever) for, like, 20 euros. Now, you'll think they've wrapped it up, and you'll go on your way and get home and unwrap a brick. My friend knew about the scam, but tried to beat them anyway, getting all up in their faces when they were putting the "camera" in his bag. I told him he was a dumbass, but he did it anyway, and spent his 20 euro on a... brick! Seriously, though, pickpockets are really bad here. Watch yourself.

    Was this review helpful?

  • polardabar's Profile Photo

    Drivers?! I don't think so...

    by polardabar Updated Jul 21, 2004

    You better get used to the way of driving in Napoli the second you set a foot on the street! Scooters, cars, trucks, old ladies - whatever! It's just too busy & crazy! But it gives the city a special charm... :)

    Related to:
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • wandabendik's Profile Photo

    Keep hold of your bags.

    by wandabendik Written Sep 28, 2010

    We were told theft is rife, so we were very cautious.
    As we were walking the streets to find our hotel we saw a woman chasing a gang of boys, who had just stolen a bag from her friend.
    So beware, beware, beware.

    Was this review helpful?

  • travelnut71's Profile Photo

    Piazza Garibaldi is seedy at night, be careful!

    by travelnut71 Written Sep 21, 2011

    There is a lot of pickpocketing here and people running off with your bags. This place is a melting pot for everyone who has business intentions, like selling you fake purses and watches, to some who just want to run off with your own. If you are careful and keep steer and distance with people, nothing will happen, but if you are not, just be careful! There is a Carbinieri office in the area (police). If you feel threatened or something happened, just go see them. If someone bothers you, tell them you will go call the carbinieri. Be aware of scams. I have encountered a white fellow from East Europe with a luggage in his hand coming up to me in this square in broad daylight. He asked me how to get to a certain hotel. He spoke in English with an accent. I replied in Italian, dialect too and a stern voice that I didn't have time to help. My gut feeling was right. He left me alone. He went to another tourist, and then I saw him walking in a small street with them. The tourist was leading them to where he wanted, a small street. Then I saw him running off with a camera bag and a purse in the opposite direction! Some people may purposely as you a question to see if you speak English and study your body language to see if you can be an easy victim. Beware. If they need help. Be polite, just tell them there is a police office around the corner and maybe they can help there. Just saying this shows them that you may be aware of the area and a threat to them if they harm or steal from you. Refrain from saying where you are from, give as little information as possible. Usually when someone abroad asks you where you are from and they are providing you a service, sadly, they are calculating how much more they can charge you. Sometimes they even ask you if it's your first time there.. usually cab drivers do this.. never say it's your first time and always pretend you know where it is and how long it takes to get there, do your research and tell him the distance and time and that you have been there before. They are less likely to charge you a ridiculous price or take you around the city. This applies to any city in the world!

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Luggage stolen off of train!

    by eufemia3 Written Jul 24, 2013

    Beware Of Luggage Being stolen off the train!!!! My luggage was stolen off the train, I safely got on and put it in the luggage holding area and when I arrived to my destination it was not there. The police was no help Napoli Central is filled with low down criminals. The police only said make a report and they obviously by their laughter have no intention of finding my luggage. This is a disaster all my personal belongings were in there. I am distressed. Always keep your luggage next to you even on the train. Look out for suspicious ppl on the train leaving with your luggage at every stop. I hope this avoids someone from going thru this experience.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Beware Naples pickpockets.

    by moiknowles Written Sep 14, 2013

    We were staying in Sorrento for two weeks and travelled to Naples on two separate days. Three unconnected gangs of pickpockets targeted us at different times. They each used specific tactics - posing as friendly locals, following us onto the metro and trying to steal from our back packs and one even slid his hand round my friends torso to try and steal from his body belt. They know their trade and are very clever. We were aware and protected ourselves by burying anything valuable - from money to cameras - at the bottom of our back packs and always looked out for one another. One group of persistent thieves had an air of callousness that suggested the potential for violence if they had caught us on a lonely or dark street.
    This is so reminiscent of New York in the 1970's.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Beware Naples pickpockets.

    by moiknowles Written Sep 14, 2013

    We were staying in Sorrento for two weeks and travelled to Naples on two separate days. Three unconnected gangs of pickpockets targeted us at different times. They each used specific tactics - posing as friendly locals, following us onto the metro and trying to steal from our back packs and one even slid his hand round my friends torso to try and steal from his body belt. They know their trade and are very clever. We were aware and protected ourselves by burying anything valuable - from money to cameras - at the bottom of our back packs and always looked out for one another. One group of persistent thieves had an air of callousness that suggested the potential for violence if they had caught us on a lonely or dark street.
    This is so reminiscent of New York in the 1970's.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Don't Be Fooled!

    by J-smith07 Written May 22, 2014

    So unless its changed dramatically since I was there in 2009, its no different then being in any other big city LA, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta. Be aware of your surroundings, and pack lightly (I made this mistake of course I lived in Sorrento for 3 months)! Behind the graffiti, trash, insane traffic and loud people is a vibrant, bustling, beautiful city with thousands of years of history waiting to be acknowledged! The transit system (Metropolitana di Napoli), is efficient although extremely CROWDED!!!
    Our first trip into Naples from Sorrento was uhhh....interesting! We traveled in 4 of us and we stuck together the whole time! We knew nothing about the camorra and how they control trash pick up, when we walked out of the train station, we were surrounded by pigeons alive and dead and trashed piled up as far as we could see.... WE WERE FREAKED OUT and went back into the train station. However if we would have walked out only another block like we did the next time we were right in the heart of the city Gelaterias, osterias, trattorias, pizzerias everywhere...
    Napoli is an old city, a poor city, but its beautiful just don't let the graffiti and trash be your decision factor for this city. Like i said before its a big city and as with any big city you HAVE to be AWARE of your SURROUNDINGS oh and ps screw people trying to sell you stuff like a phone or something on the street are you really that gullible? Do you listen to that crap back home NO because its a scam. The fendi purse that my friend bought from the african immigrant we knew was fake, especially when the police came strolling up!

    Again beautiful city, hidden by trash, corruption, and old age!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Naples Taxi Ride

    by johngodd Written Jun 1, 2014

    My wife and I visited Naples on the 18th May and were very disappointed that we did. We had the wildest taxi ride from Stazione Centrale to our hotel that you could imagine.

    The manager of our hotel told me by email to ask the driver the price before getting in and to ensure that it was no more than 15 Euro so before getting into the cab I asked how much to Hotel Ma........., the driver said 20 Euro. I said "only 15". We started to walk towards another Taxi but the driver reluctantly grabbed our bags and literally threw them in the cab and said ok.

    We had just run the gauntlet of spivs and touts that haunt Centrale so we were already on the back foot but little did we know.

    He then took off at a hundred miles per hour, over the cobbled streets, down alleys, flying through the smallest gaps, going like the clappers, obviously trying to intimidate and scare us. He was rushing headlong up a hill on a very narrow cobbled road with parked cars on either side and oncoming traffic.
    He saw a small gap that was obviously not big enough for 4 vehicles.

    As he made a dive for it he side swiped the oncoming car, his mirror broke off and flew through the air but that only spurred him onto greater feats of stupidity. I had the video camera running but unfortunately, just before that incident I had turned it off so that I could hang on with both hands.
    Neither driver stopped, later it became apparent that this is a common incident, my wife's little mirror had been broken in our suitcase on the trip over, there was mirrors lying all over the place so we just picked one up off the street and she used that. We brought it home as a memento of Napoli, a city I hope I never have the displeasure to visit again. We departed by bullet train to Rome a day early and were glad we did.

    If Napoli has any redeeming features they were not apparent to us. I have travelled a fair bit including Asia and particularly China but Naples was reminiscent of the Old Wild West.
    The streets are littered with debri from accidents, there was rubbish everywhere, dog crap all over the footpaths and graffiti on almost every building.

    Some people say it is a city waiting to be discovered but there must be hundreds of cities in the world that are more worthy of spending your hard earned cash on than this one. The people of Napoli don't respect their own city so why would you go there?
    It is not an attractive city in any way. We had read many reviews but still decided to go there as it was the last stop before the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii but never again.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Naples

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

34 travelers online now

Comments (2)

  • Jun 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    I'm so terribly sorry to hear that this happened to you! Naples is not on our agenda and now I'm glad that it is not. I certainly hope we don't have any problems like what you experienced in the other towns and cities we'll be visiting in Italy. Thanks so much for answering.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jun 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Crime happens everywhere in the world. Having walked Naples as a solo middle-aged female with no issues whatsoever, just as I have walked almost all the places I've visited, I really don't think Naples is any more 'dangerous' than e.g. London. Paris, NYC or Washington...and, to be frank, it is considerably less 'dangerous' than some places I've visited. To assume that the 'snatch and grab' crime reported below is 'common' simply because it happened once to one person is neither logical nor accurate.

      By the way, Sorrento has its fair share of pickpockets and petty thieves, as does everywhere...and I had no problems there either.

      So please relax about your Italian trip. Just use normal city commonsense, keeping your valuables in the hotel safe or in an inside pocket/under-clothing pouch and you'll be absolutely fine.

  • Jun 7, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Handbag snatched right off my body by man on scooter - Hi, I just want to share my experience today in Naples. 5 minutes after arriving in Naples I had my handbag snatched from my chest/ shoulders by a man on a scooter. My boyfriend and I left the metro station and had a few minutes walk to our hotel. In this time we had been followed and targeted by this awful person.

    So this is what happened just to give you some idea of what to look out for. When we got off at metro station called Cavour in Naples I had my bag in the safest place which was strapped over my shoulder and then pulled round in front of my body. This clearly is not enough to stop crime like this in naples! We knew where our hotel was so we started walking out the station. Within seconds a scooter turned sharply in front of me and my boyfriend which we both jumped out the way of and then committed thinking how odd the drivers behaviour was. We carried on walking down the next road (clearly the driver was then following us but on a separate road) and suddenly this same man on the scooter was driving straight at us as we crossed the road. My boyfriend even committed saying "that is the crazy scooter man from a minute ago". The driver again braked sharply in front of us and offered a hand gesture for my boyfriend to cross the road which he then crossed. Of course I assumed this meant I should also cross but when I started to cross the driver drove at me and with one hand reached out to me which I thought was him offering for me to also cross. It happened so suddenly but before I knew it the man sharply snatched at my handbag and broke it off the leather straps. He then drove off quickly leaving me in a state of shock with only my handbag strap left round my neck.

    No matter how safe you think you are with you bag you are always at high risk of this type of crime in Naples especially around metro stations and tourist areas with back streets for the scooters to speed off down. We only came to naples so we can visit pompeii. I was recommended staying in sorrento but I read some reviews saying naples is safe. If you are reading this before booking I would strongly recommend never coming to naples as this type of crime is clearly very common and it could happen to you. If my bag did not snap then the man would have pulled me under his bike and this could have been fatal. Please please choose sorrento over naples any day....I know people say sorrento is full of tourist but I would prefer to see happy tourists than have my bag, credit cards, cash and new mobile phone stolen. On top of that I am now very scared to walk the streets of Naples.

Naples Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Naples warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Naples sightseeing.

View all Naples hotels