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Rhamnousia
Posted - 09 May 2018 16:53
Naples is the Glasgow of Italy I think (grungey in a way some people love)

Worth trying just to see I reckon. Sorrento sounds nice tho.
.....Meh
Posted - 09 May 2018 16:56
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It's an hour to Sorrento so I could probs manage both...
Pinkus
Posted - 09 May 2018 16:58
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Really like the place. It bounces along in a way you'd expect for a city that could be destroyed by a volcano at any moment. There's not a massive amount to do there, though.

What others said about safety - pickpockets, bag snatchers, muggings are all possible.

Like others say, probably wouldn't stay there and Amalfi/Sorrento are better bets (you can take in Pompeii Herculaneum, Capri etc. too from there). To get into Naples from Sorrento it's a good 45 minute slog on the horribly uncomfortable circumvisiviana. Sorrento itself is horribly touristy but fairly pleasant.
Ibsen
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:10
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I like it. Went 4 or 5 years ago. Felt very Italian. Motorcyclists go on pavements to avoid traffic, grand but now dilapidated architecture, lots of graffiti, excellent pizza restaurants. Good Pompei museum. Good base for exploring volcanic ruins nearby.
GwenllianJones
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:12
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What Billy said. I.wouldn't recommend driving along the Amalfi coast. The combination of the windy roads and the Italian drivers is truly scary.
DeadPartnerWalking
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:18
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Naples is fantastic Meh! Don't listen to these wet blankets! Get a guide book which will tell you where to avoid esp. after dark but generally no less safe than London.

Great food - esp street food - cones of deep fried white bait a favourite of mine - great bars - best ice cream in the world (check out Gay Odin's dark chocolate and ginger (cioccolato fondente e allo zenzero)).

Great museum - including the must see "special room" of pornographic finds from Pompeii etc. and some exquisite other stuff.

Lots of extraordinary and intense churches.

If you're alone you'll probably get quite alot of low level hassle but nothing not nipped in the bud by a sharp rebuke.

Great place for chilling in a bar and watching the circus that is Naples rolling around you.

Sorrento is pretty but dull.

Pompeii and Herculaneum are great but check Oplontis if you get a chance.

Lucky you.

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Posted - 09 May 2018 17:18
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The main problem with sorrento is that it's overrun with tourists who are too scared to step foot in Naples.
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:27
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Worryingly for the second time today I find myself in full agreement with DPW.

Also, thanks meh, I now have 'in napoli' sung by dean Martin going around my head... argh ear Worm!!
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:41
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Naples is a shite hole
wilfrostron
Posted - 09 May 2018 17:47
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Some right pansies on this thread. Naples is absolutely awesome. Properly atmospheric place and when I was there everyone was v friendly. Food is incredible but it’s the streets that make it. Sorrento is a very dull tourist town full of 60 something Brits who are scared of Naples.
.....Meh
Posted - 09 May 2018 18:09
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Ok. So my take home from this is... stay in Naples (is cheap). Maybe take the ferry for a day trip to explore Sorrento. Maybe do a trip to Pompeii. Explore all the food in Naples but go out with a money belt on so I don't get robbed.

Right?
Rhamnousia
Posted - 09 May 2018 18:09
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I second this
.....Meh
Posted - 09 May 2018 18:13
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I am genuinely surprised that there is still no prolif!!
Wellington
Posted - 09 May 2018 21:58
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The Archeological Museum in Naples is amazing.

I loved the place, it’s a little ropey but full of life. Went to a Napoli game which was one of the best footballing experiences I’ve been to
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 21:59
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Naples is great for historical reasons, don't expect it to wow you with its present day joi de vi. But it's a cracking place, vibrant, alive, and rather more genuine to its heritage than many of the more touristy spots.
Foxbat
Posted - 10 May 2018 07:11
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For all the same reasons that Ibsen said, Naples is excellent. It is proper Italy, tiny streets with pastel houses, overhanging washing, people shouting to each other, scooters buzzing the pavements. The pizza is incredible, the churches are slightly tumbledown and wonderfully historic and the graffiti is cool. I would at least put a day aside for an explore there. If you are worried about safety I would perhaps take a look in the day then travel elsewhere in the evening. Agree with other posters that Sorrento is a good shout, albeit very touristy. Its close to Pompeii / Herculaneum, which are both excellent (Herculaneum more so as it is better preserved)
Pinkus
Posted - 10 May 2018 08:04
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"Maybe take the ferry for a day trip to explore Sorrento."

There's bog all in Sorrento except a couple of churches and a pleasant but uninspiring museum (and thousands of tat shops selling limoncello branded, err, tat and thousands of restaurants cajoling tourists into eating their over-priced, over-salted food). The views across the bay of Naples are, admittedly, very beautiful.

Re: Pompeii v. Herculaneum, Herculaneum is better preserved but is nowhere near as grand as Pompeii. In Pompeii you really get a feeling what a large Roman city would have been like, Herculaneum is more like a small Roman town.
Patience Groove
Posted - 10 May 2018 09:28
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Naples is the Liverpool of Italy - if you are scared to go to Liverpool, you will be scared of Naples - if you are not, you will not be. Both the city and surrounding areas (Amalfi coast) are great, and the food in the City is imo amongst the best value quality for price, in the world. If you want pretty twee tourist spots, head down the coast, if you want to experience some real Italian life, stay in Naples.
Foxbat
Posted - 10 May 2018 09:42
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If you go to Pompeii I think you may also get to see the fella who died wonking his cack off
porcello
Posted - 10 May 2018 10:10
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Another vote for Naples - great city.
Not sure about comparison with Liverpool - perhaps in terms of poverty levels but the food is incomparable: dining out in Liverpool is an endless delight.
Patience Groove
Posted - 10 May 2018 10:21
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heh at porcello - I don't mean the cities are alike generally but they are both rough and ready port cities with a militant reputation and more than their fair share of scallies/Italian equivalent.
Original Teclis
Posted - 10 May 2018 10:25
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The fallen madonna with the big boobies.
.....Meh
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:26
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I was born in Liverpool so I'll probably be ok!
I don't feel like dancewang
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:40
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My mrs took her (then) 65 y/o mum to naples and stayed in an air b&B. They had a fckng ball. I am jealous, go for it!
Misshoolie
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:44
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Used Psychology
Posted - 10 May 2018 16:41
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Be sure to only spend money in “anti-pizzo” shops and restuarants.
.....Meh
Posted - 10 May 2018 16:59
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Soz, I was busy with conundrums!

Yeah I didn't cancel it, so Naples and Pompeii type places here I come!! (And then Rome)
I don't feel like dancewang
Posted - 10 May 2018 17:04
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Rome is fckng awesome. Knackering, but awesome. And fckng expensive. But awesome.


If you go to the Vatican, there's a statue of Hercules half way up a staircase on the way to the Raphael rooms that looks just like montie.

And the statue of triton/posiedon in the piazza navonna looks EXACTLY like my m7 dave. (tbf most classical statues look like my m7 dave)
I don't feel like dancewang
Posted - 10 May 2018 17:10
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This one: