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!
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!
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.
You’ll avoid the heavy tourist 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
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!
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.
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!