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.
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.
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)
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)
Naples reportedly has a...
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.
Naples has lots of crime
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.
Drivers?! I don't think so...
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... :)
!!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.
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.
pickpockets and touts
Pickpockets apparently are common in Naples. Although I didnt encounter any during my visit, I've been warned of the danger of keeping money and valuables in shallow pockets and easily accessed bag pockets.
Walking along the shopping streets in Napoli city, we were accosted by a tout who kept trying to force a 'lucky charm' into our hands and followed us for about almost 10 minutes. He turned a little aggressive when we kept saying no. We held tight to our belongings the whole time, in case his other friend behind us, took them while we were distracted.
Insecurity in Staccanapoli
One of the less attractive aspects of Staccanapoli is the many graffiti with which the walls are covered in this part of town. This may be due to all the small alleys, which make it hard for the police to wach over. Some of these streets may make more than a visitor uncomfortable, as do the graffiti, so stay with the crowds and in good company. Common sense.
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Thieves and scams...
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.
Keep hold of your bags.
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.
Piazza Garibaldi is seedy at night, be careful!
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!
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Luggage stolen off of train!
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.