Naples is a good base for exploring Pompei, Capri and Sorento. It also has plenty of amazing sites: castles, palace, National Museum, convents, beautiful churches, catacombs and more.
It involves lots of walking, not everything is close to public transportation. Alot of Naples appears dirty with lots of trash everywhere and quite rundown buildings, but you have to look around that and find the jewels. The shopkeepers, people working in hotels, cafes and tourist information, museum people, people at train stations are polite, willing to help.
Naples generally feels unsafe. The taxi driver tried to ask for a higher rate. Generally you have to be careful in this city because a lot of immigrants and pickpocket types exist
The histroy of the city is great but nobody take care of historical monuments and buildings. Very dirty, with a lot of tresh on the streets and a lot of dust on monuments.
Really sad to see this because it seams to be very nice and beautifull city before.
Big, crowded, smelly, poor, noisy, run down, but nevertheless also a city with very interesting chapels, palaces, churches, good food, the vesuvius and pompeii nearby.
It is very special but then which Italian city isn't special.
Naples is tired and down at the heels. It is not a particularly safe city to stay in. It is ugly with much graffiti everywhere and there is no pride in the city.
Unlike other cities, we did not see people tidying the streets or collecting rubbish. There is not much in the way of real sites to see. Stay here and see Pompeii, Herculaneum if you wish, and the archaeology museum where everything from Pompeii is anyhow. It won't take more than a day and a half and you can be out of the place. I guess for those going to capri etc its a good place to get to it from, but not in the winter.
Try to spare a day to visit Napoli when you are in Italy. You can see real Italian life there - kids playing footballs, groceries in old towns, etc.
Things there are reasonably priced. Pizzas are fantastic. Just make sure you eat as much as you can!
Easy to access the islands by ferry or tourists spots by train. Great sunshine. But it's relatively dangerous compared to other cities in Italy.
There are many weird people wandering the train station. And taxi drivers charges much higher for tourists.
Naples is in need of a good clean up. Graffiti and rubbish in the streets is objectionable. Many buildings are in an advanced state of disrepair.
I do not have a good impression to this city,the street is very smelly,dirty, full of rubbish,many flies and many black man around the street.
I dont feel safe and secure at all by walking on the street. I only stay overnight here.
Was extremely disappointed with Naples overall, we planned on using this for a base to travel to pompeii before catching the ferry to Capri.
The city is very dirty, more litter and cigarette butts on the sidewalk than any other major city of Italy. There are is large population of homeless people that only a small walk around the streets will result in people begging for money. There is a lot of graffiti, and the city in general feels unsafe.
Naples was the filthiest city I have ever been in in Europe. Garbage everywhere, graffiti on everything and dog poo covering the streets.
It's about time they cleaned this city up. I would only recommend to get in see the museum and get out.
Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii is a must, the subway system in Naples is quite new and modern, the people are friendly and very laid-back.
Naples is very dirty and very dangerous. Numerous locals stopped me and told me to hide my camera otherwise my throat would be cut.
I and fellow travellers did not dare to travel or sitesee at night. It was still interesting to see the Napoli city culture, although of its dark ways.
It is not a grotesque as some people said in reviews. It is a bit dodgy, but if you just look after your belongings, it is fine.
The city is a bit dirty, but it has some nice touches.
Naples.. was not so inviting, but should be considered a stepping stone for the Amalfi coast, and also Pompeii + Mt Vesuvius
very very dirty.so much litter and garbage everywhere on streets.you sometimes think you are in a third world country.
street vendors are very annoying particularly near the railway station.such a shame because the nearby attractions of pompeii,sorrento,capri and the amalfi coast are sensational
I walk around station area to bay area. I saw many immigrants(illegal?),dusts,cars,homelesses,big rats,drunkers etc.
Don't walk around the area in the night.
Naples itself is messy and noisy, although that creates its own character from the rest of the Italian cities.
It is difficult to find the great food and relaxing romantic feel of the northern Italian cities. The port is let-down for not having a nice boardwalk that provides good water view. However Naples has a beautiful castle next to the water.
Definitely not a place to bring young children. It is messy, noisy, smelly, beautiful, ragged and wonderful.
. All of it. Napoli was like a civilized Wild West.. police cars were roaming the streets at all times and it doesn't feel safe. But there is so many beautiful sights..! The first day I was on my own and I honestly didn't dare to go outside and so spent a boring night at my hotel. Afterwards I was with friends and was able to enjoy the nightlife, the great eateries and bars at night. The Napolitans I met were all very polite, kind and eager to help, I was totally blown away! Will definitely visit again, -with friends but not my kids :/ Thank you Napolitans!
A great city to explore during daytime. Also it is a great start-off city to explore sorrento, positano etc.
Naples is the city that everyone thinks of as being ItalRome,Turin seem rather dull and clean after Naples.
ian,ie crowded,dirty,disorganised etc.It is,BUT it is totally different to the other major cities.Naples is an adventure.Crossing the road is a challenge.you vs them.
There is apparently very little trash collection, as the streets are strewn with rubbish and used diapers.
The shop windows are sprayed with bullet holes. The only locals with a smile are the ones wanting to con you, otherwise, they are all seemingly tired of having tourist invade their town.
Naples is for pizza - margarita or marinara and to visit the national museum. One night is all you need.
The city is dirty and unsafe at night. But the pizza is brilliant and cheap if you know where to go.
Nothing much around Naples compared to cities further up north. Generally the city looks dark and old.