"Naples - Unesco's WHC with it's historical centre" Naples by suhadis

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Italian Name: Napoli

I have to be frank I didn't have a good impression of Naples when I first arrived into the city at Piazza Garibaldi from the airport on the bus. It looked pretty ghetto and pretty much in disorder in its appearance. Furthermore this was my encounter of a big city in Italy after having transited at Malpensa in the north. One could see tremendous amounts of graffiti on the walls of the buildings on the way and the roads were not well maintained. The metro system on the main line was littered on the tracks and the people didn't look friendly. The main metro station look like it could do some maintenance as the fare gates looked like they were going to be out of order soon.

Ok there: so I've said my frankest comments! Now onto my frank positive comments!:

Naples have probably the most efficient combined transport system in all of Italy. It's union of transport of Campania forms one coverage in the entire province - Metronapoli (Metro), Circumvesuviana, Buses, SITA buses, Funiculars are the main ones that a tourist might use. They have many types of tickets - a little confusing at first but you must learn it quickly, because you need to know if you need the hourly / daily ones and your destination name. These are largely bought at "Tabacchi" (tobacco stores) and I didn't see any machines that dispense such tickets. My suggestion is to buy the daily ones instead of the hourly ones for ease of travel- they are of great value as compared to the hourly ones. Even on weekends the tickets are different and a little cheaper.

Naples have a beautiful side!

The areas in the south of the cities are nice places for a lot of activities, as shown by the locals: Sea activities (swimming, tanning, snorkelling, fishing). I didn't see an actual sandy beach but there was a shallow area within the rocks, I'm sure this is where there are the most people... (take bus number 1 from Piazza Garibaldi right to the end.)

Besides, you can explore the Castel Dell'Ovo, Piazza Plebiscito, Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Castel Nuovo and Galleria Umberto. In the evenings people do the promenade walk while catching the view of Mt Vesuvius. Get there from Piazza Plebiscito through a downhill road called Via Cesario Console.

Naples is a good base to explore the region!

If you want to explore:
- Caserta (the one with royal palace),
- Sorrento (the place with the magnificent landscape by the beach) and
- Pompei (the famous ruins of a whole town that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius).
- Ercolano (a smaller town than Pompei but has remarkably preserved interior details in it's houses!)
Now, isn't that good enough to see many varied things out from just one city??

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  • Pros:Naples is a good base to explore the region!
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Excellent page about Naples. I see that you enjoyed the museum as much as I did. I personally feel it is one of the best museums ever. Great hostel tip. Beautiful photographs.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    Great page and wonderful tips, thanks!!

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