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Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Torontogal, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. woody73

    woody73 <font color=darkorange>Enjoyed the Pumpkinmen<br><

    Jun 7, 2005
    During one stop in Naples, one of our dinner table mates was pickpocketed right outside the port as she and her husband crossed the street. Her purse had a flap, and they managed to raise the flap and reach in for her wallet without her noticing.

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  3. camara381

    camara381 DIS Veteran

    Dec 9, 2007
    Hi there, my family and I were on a RCCL cruise last july one of our stops was naples. We did all three on our own. We first went to Pompeii, then Sorrento and lastly toured around naples before boarding the ship. When you get off the ship at the port of Naples you are greeted by dozens of taxi drivers if you keep going out to the street right outside the port there will be an old man with a small white van, he is an independent tour operator. His name is Humberto, he took us everywhere we wanted to go and brought us back. He charged us for the entire family/trip $150. He is the sweetest old man and there is nothing like driving along the coast with the windows open listening to Dean Martin's I love Napoli album.
  4. Torontogal

    Torontogal Mouseketeer & Disney Vacation Club Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Thanks for the info! Would you happen to have his email addy or name of company? $150 is not a bad rate. Sounds good. Thanks for your reply!
  5. gilsan

    gilsan DIS Veteran

    Apr 18, 2009
    I as I stated before I stayed in Sorrento for 4 days in 2011 and rode the train everyday. Never once did I see an armed guard on the train. In fact we left Herculaneum at dusk and walked back to the train as it was getting dark, and even rode the train after it was dark, and managed to make it back to our hotel unscathed ;)

    Most of Europe is covered in graffiti. Like any urban area you should be aware of your surroundings, and watch out for pick pockets.
  6. s3rndpt

    s3rndpt Mouseketeer

    May 9, 2012
    No, it's not in a bad section. I'm guessing you're just not used to Italian cities. Pompei is actually a lovely little town--we've spent a lot of time (almost 2 weeks over the past 2 years) just wandering it. We usually stay in a hotel about a mile from the back entrance of the ruins, and just walk over. The worst thing that ever happened to us there was when we were sitting at the fountain at the town square in Pompei at about 11 pm, and some random guy came up trying to sell us some cheese he had on a string. It was odd, yes, and uncomfortable, but not frightening. And after my husband stared him down, he left us alone.

    About the graffiti: again, I think you're just not used to Italian towns and cities. It doesn't mean anything about gangs or crime, it just means they get tagged all the time. You should see the metro train stops...half of them look abandoned, they're so overgrown with grass and trash. Pretty much every local train in Naples is like that. Now, the trash all over Naples...THAT is due to a feud between the Naples Mafia (who controls most of the trash companies) and City government.

    On armed guards: I think you're mistaking the train conductors, who wear military-style uniforms, for guards.

    And yes, the ticketing people at the train station speak very little English. Much of Naples speaks very little English- it's one of the most "Italian" cities in Italy that way. They've very much refused to bow to catering to Americans, and I can't say I blame them. However, in Pompei and the other touristing towns like Sorrento, everyone speaks it, for the most part.

    Naples is full of pickpockets, but if you pay attention, you'll be fine. It's a lot like visiting NYC. If you act like a tourist, they'll target you.

    Naples is one of my favorite cities in the world (can you tell?) :). Treat it right, and it will treat you right!

    I'm surprised the brothel is such a high point for tour guides in Pompeii--it's so very small, and hard to find. There is so much more to see there, that it should be easy to skip.
  7. pjacobi

    pjacobi DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2001
    The pair of guards that I saw patrolling the carriages were certainly armed with semi-auto pistols. I think they could have been Carabinieri or local police.

    I've been on lots of British and European trains and the Circumvesuviana is one of the worst. The opposite end of the spectrum is a Swiss train that was so clean that I could eat off the floor.

    I hope current conditions on the Circumvesuviana are better than 2007.

  8. s3rndpt

    s3rndpt Mouseketeer

    May 9, 2012
    They're not. If anything, they're worse. It barely runs right now because of strikes. We were very glad to have rented a car, since the few times we tried the Circumvesuviana in Nov and Dec it was shut down for the most part. The normal trains are much better, though, and run mostly on schedule still. We usually take them from Naples to Rome, and haven't run into any issues so far.

    It might have been the carabinieri, but I think that's not the norm. We haven't seen any on it while we've been there, though we have seen them in Naples pretty often.

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