Originally Posted by whnay.
Thoughts from a recent visit to Naples...
I really want to like the city, I do. The food is really good, the city has a wildness about it that is unique for Europe and the bay is spectacular.
Here is the problem - the people are unreliable (this is not a tailoring observation btw) and the place is downright scary. Hang out in the train station for 15 minutes and you'll see shit that you'd think only existed in third world countries. Nothing is sparred from the graffiti and I mean nothing. The day we arrived to the Excelsior they had a crew trying to wash away some graffiti from the front steps!
Anyway, not trying to discourage anyone from visiting but make sure you have a game plan and you follow up in advance on reservations, appointments, etc. And line up your transportation beforehand.
I visited Naples for the first time a few weeks back. I was very much looking forward to it from reading about what you, Foo, Manton had written. Putting aside that I had arrived from Capri, which is just beautiful, the city just felt depressing. Even the ritzy areas feel broken down ( I stayed next door to your hotel).
I agree about the place being downright scary. I travel to Mexico City, Guatemala Colombia and don't feel as suspect of my surroundings as I did in Naples. Granted, I was traveling with my family, so I give that some weight.
That being said, Capelli was nice enough to see me one day even though he was still on vacation, and I am nothing if not small time. He is incredible.
Not to discourage either, just my observations.