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post #61 of 85
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Foo, out of interest, if you were starting again and werent using a Naples tailor, who would you choose?

Dopey jokes, but I'd probably pick a Savile Row tailor. Whichever one has the best reputation for doing right by American clients.
post #62 of 85
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I wouldn't place barrier as a main problem. Rather reluctance of some individuals when dealing with foreigners.
Even with basic knowledges one can explain what he wants - both during first meeting with tailors and during fittings. If a person is not being idiot, like I am sometimes...
then ur doing
something wrong.

and how 'basic'
is this 'knowledges'?
post #63 of 85
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post #64 of 85
Please excuse what may be an indelicate question, but how is the trash problem in Naples relevant to this thread or this forum?
post #65 of 85
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the Camorra employs children to drive the waste in for a small price, who do not complain about the health risks as the older truckers might.
As of June 2007, the region has no serviceable dumping sites and no alternatives have been found. Together with corrupt local officials and unscrupulous industrialists from all over Italy, the Camorra has created a cartel that has so far proved very difficult for officials to combat."[/I].

Check out the Italian film Gomorrah, it is available on DVD.
post #66 of 85
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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.
post #67 of 85
Driving in Naples is crazier than anywhere else in what I've seen of the world. Maybe some emerging Asia cities can top it.

I liked that there were people who didn't speak English - something I did not encounter in Rome or Florence.
post #68 of 85
Heh, Napoli is great, but yeah I definitely don't have the stones to drive out there. I can barely stomach crossing the street. There is no stop, there is only go.
post #69 of 85
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

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.

W,

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.
post #70 of 85
Though if you come from Capri, you can confine yourself to the better part of the city. The ferry terminal area is on the edge of civilization and it only gets better as you go towards Chiaia.
post #71 of 85
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

Driving in Naples is crazier than anywhere else in what I've seen of the world. Maybe some emerging Asia cities can top it.
I liked that there were people who didn't speak English - something I did not encounter in Rome or Florence.
Driving in Naples was almost like vacation after Moscow traffic. smile.gif
post #72 of 85
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

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.

Isn't it really just graffiti though? Granted, there's a correlation between graffiti and crime, but graffiti itself is kind of harmless. I wouldn't walk around there with a fancy watch, but I never felt threatened within the city.

The outskirts though feel somewhat unsafe.
post #73 of 85
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I was told by six different people not to wear a watch within the confines of the city. My wife was told on three seperate occassions to put her ring / necklace away.
post #74 of 85
I was in Naples in June... thought it was perfectly fine. It's a little dingy, but so is most of downtown Manhattan. I had no issues or concerns navigating public transit, even with my parents and wife in tow. I was orders of magnitude more concerned about my parents getting hit by a car than being victims of a crime...
post #75 of 85
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

I was told by six different people not to wear a watch within the confines of the city. My wife was told on three seperate occassions to put her ring / necklace away.

I've heard that E. Marinella used to give their big time customers a free, cheap watch, so they could have something to use while visiting Naples.

I kept my watch and valuables at my hotel, but felt fairly safe walking around. Most of the unpleasantness is trash and graffiti, but I suppose that doesn't bother me as much since I've spent a lot of time in developing cities, such as Beijing, Jakarta, and Los Angeles.
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