Naples, Italy has mixed reviews online and even among friends and family. While planning our trip we decided to stop in Naples for the sake of train travel on our way to Venice. I also knew that Naples was known for its pizza and is the proud home of the greatest pizzerias in the world. Now that we’ve been, let me tell you how it stacks up to other cities and give our final answer on whether or not you should book part of your trip in Naples.
So the short answer here is no. No, I don’t think you’re missing out if you plan a trip to Italy and don’t make it to Naples. Naples is much less clean than Rome or Venice. Naples didn’t have Uber/Lyft which made travel within the city less convenient and more expensive. Lastly, Naples was the only city where we felt unwanted. Neapolitans had no problem letting us know that they don’t care for tourists. If you want to see Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, or the coast then I’d suggest staying somewhere like Sorrento or even Positano if you’ve got the funds.
That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy our time in Naples. There are a few things to do in town that you could easily see in a day if you’re passing through.
We walked around Galleria Umberto I which is a ridiculously beautiful shopping center. I cannot imagine having a mall like this in America. From there we headed toward the Piazza del Plebiscito which is the main square in Naples.
What do you think? Has anyone been and agree/disagree? Let me know!
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