Italy

Why Everything You’ve Read About Naples is Wrong

Written by Amy

When planning our recent trip to Europe, we were strongly considering going to Naples, Italy for the city’s proximity to other sites we wanted to visit. After a bit of Googling we came across some pretty negative reviews, and people asking things like “is Naples safe for tourists?” There were tons of people saying it was dirty, dangerous, had nothing to do, etc. We decided to visit anyway.

 

We don’t regret our decision at all and think Naples has gotten a bad rap. Here’s a list of the reasons you shouldn’t overlook this city!

 

It’s the birthplace of pizza!

Pizza in Naples

The best pizza we’ve ever eaten!

That’s right, pizza was invented right here. And it’ll be the best pizza you ever eat, so it should absolutely be on any foodie’s travel list. There are so many highly-rated pizza restaurants in Naples and you’ll know you found a good spot when you see locals crowding the street outside.

 

The views can’t be beat!

Bay of Naples

The Bay of Naples, looking west. Stunning!

Naples is located on the (conveniently named) Bay of Naples. You’ve got sweeping views of the bay and Mount Vesuvius in the distance, along with lovely islands scattered across the ocean. The city is on a hill, and the higher up you travel, the better the view.

 

Overlooking the Bay of Naples

Overlooking the Bay of Naples

 

You’ll avoid the heavy tourist crowds

Old Town, Naples

One of the many tiny streets in Old Town, with relatively few crowds.

 

Because of the negative attitudes, lots of people don’t visit, meaning you get to experience an authentic city that isn’t catering to hordes of tourists. Escape the throngs of camera-packing foreigners in Rome and check out Naples to see what regular Italian life feels like.

 

Naples is a springboard for Pompeii, Capri, Ischia, and the Amalfi Coast

Ferries from Naples

It’s easy to pick up a ferry and hit the nearby islands!

 

Naples is about an hour train ride to Pompeii. You can hop on a ferry and take a day trip to Capri, Ischia, or Procida. You can even take a train or ferry to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. So many convenient day trips, and one lovely city to base them all out of. In all, we spent five days based out of Napoli and didn’t feel like we had enough time.

 

Naples is safe!

Naples Waterfront

The lovely waterfront

We were a little concerned about possibly getting mugged, pickpocketed, or run over by a scooter after reading reviews. However, we felt perfectly safe on our trip by using a little common sense. As you should do on any vacation, don’t make yourself a target. Don’t wear flashy clothing and keep your wallet somewhere safe, and don’t carry large amounts of cash. Carry purses across your chest, don’t leave your belongings lying around, and look both ways when you cross the street. Simple precautions were all we needed.

 

In the end, we concluded that Naples, Italy is definitely worth a visit.

Sunrise in Naples

Mount Vesuvius rises over the Bay of Naples

We think that tourists from Rome stop at the train station in Naples on their way to Pompeii and only get a glimpse of that area, which was hands-down the worst part of the city. Get yourself out of the train station and enjoy what the rest of Napoli has to offer!