The best and the worst place in Italy

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Look the houses on ur left :///
I came to Napoli few minutes before midnight. In Rome i have checked how far is it to my hostel... and it's really very far! besides i had no city map and only my own poor draft taken the day before in order to manage to the hostel on my own. The metro's running usually only till 22.30 - 23.00 and even if i were here 1 hour earlier it wouldn't helped cuz there is sciopero = strike of all transportation means:////

I asked a taxi driver at the station how much would it cost - but the price seemed to high for me (i was almost running out of money haahah) so i decided to try other possibilities (huh? what other possibilities? there were none at that day - or better say night!!!!)
I was walking toward my hostel, but then i saw some ppl at the bus stop (hm... if they were waiting - so maybe there is a hope for a night bus??) I asked a napoletano (resident of Napoli) and he said me:
"The new shift starts at midnight - so maybe they won't strike any more - it's almost 24 so wait and we'll see" then he asked me where did i want to go - and said me the bus number i should wait for - so my Napoli adventure seemed to begin pretty lucky:)))
Then we talked about this 'sciopero' - i asked - "where do i have to buy a ticket?" "forget tickets today - nobody will check it after strike hahaha" and in a while the buses began to run.
city center - rubish everywhere! :/
He went first home, then my #401 nightbus came.
from maps.google.com i knew  aproximately where i should start to ask about my stop - so i didn't care for a while - cuz there were other things to care pretty much;)
If u will be in Napoli - and u need some adrenaline, some big adventures - u just can't miss a night bus ride there! Even for this one ride was it worth to wait hours for train and then be late and so on - the bus drivers there must have smoked something or just came from psychiatric hospital hahahaha - he was driving that crazy - without paying attention of anything (it seemed so) drove in narrow streets between wrong parked cars that fast as it were on the 7-lanes-wide-highway! This was really a blast! For some ppl this 20min. long bus ride could shave some 5 years of their life hahaha
Finally i came to the hostel - and felt asleep.

In the morning i went to Pompei (see my next entry) then came back to the city...
I should divide here the page in two - on the left write the 'pros' and on the right the 'contras' cuz this is probably the worse city in Italy (at least those which i visited) and on the other side .
not that bad here! haha
.. it has something... maybe it's the Vesuvio, maybe the sea or the hills...
I better start like this:

You shouldn't come to Napoli:

- 'cuz they throw all the rubish on the streets - newspapers, cigarets boxes, food, everything, the streets look more like place after typhoon attack than the city in EU (in fact i would exclude the urban from EU hahah)
- 'cuz you can't get any informations - there are no maps in the metro run by Ferrovie dello Stato (national railway), so you never know where to change for other lines, you have to see the internet site and print the map urself or just learn it
- 'cuz every clock here shows different time - you cannot count of them even at the stations, nor at the city hall
- 'cuz you never know when will pass ur bus, you won't find any schedule at the bus stop (and forget of course about transportation maps - ask better people)
- 'cuz there are no semafors and no road signs in this city telling you how to drive and who should go first - they just force other drivers to give them free way - and they are driving as foul! If you come here in car - driving here will be for you like bloody hell!
- 'cuz there are NEVER (and when i'm saying never it means really never!) toilet paper - neither in your hostel, nor at the station, at the university, bar, pub or at any other place!!!
- 'cuz urban and suburban trains are always delayed
- 'cuz they have slums here in the city center, not renovated and dirty
- 'cuz don't care (fortunately only sometimes) about you when buying or asking something - are often rude and unpolite
- 'cuz the metro runs without any frequence (M2) or stops its service early in the evening (M2 22.
i can't believe this is a big city of a rich country in EU!!!
50) (M6 at 20.00 i couldn't even get into the station! LOL - 20.00 in the evening!!!! in such a big city!!!!)


  You should come to Napoli:

+'cuz it's a city with a huge potential there are lots of possibilities here for visitors and you can enjoy being here
+'cuz it's not far from excellent sites like Ercolano, Pompei and Vesuvio or islands like Ischia or Capri
+'cuz there are many nice people who is ready to help you (even drunken guys in the middle of the night show you the way)
+'cuz there are 3 nice castles here
+'cuz there are a lot of beautiful buildings and even some boroughs like those on the hills (metro station Vanvitelli on M1)
+'cuz they have nice funicolars which can take you to the hills in few minutes
+'cuz there are wonderful views from the hills over the city with the beautiful Vesuvio in the background
+'cuz the night bus ride is a real adventure!
+'cuz the newest stations of the metro are really cool sites with modern look and nice - fresh ideas of design
+'cuz there is so much life on the streets, lotsa ppl!
+'cuz you can get good coffe at every corner

Now, when i'm back home - i'm thinking about Napoli.
fortunately not the whole city is shity;)
And this is really horrible and at the same time sort of magic place. And you should make ur own opinion. But  i don't regret i was visiting it. at least i'm aware now, that there are more different places in Italy than i could immagine...
jegs76 says:
sige na! only few! there are stuff about dirt and clocks and views ahahah:P not only metro;)
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
RJ82 says:
haha i like your lists of why and why not to go to napoli!! but they are mostly about metro. haha
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
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Look the houses on ur left :///
Look the houses on ur left :///
city center - rubish everywhere! :/
city center - rubish everywhere! :/
not that bad here! haha
not that bad here! haha
i cant believe this is a big city…
i can't believe this is a big cit…
fortunately not the whole city is …
fortunately not the whole city is…
shity park (can be used her the wo…
shity park (can be used her the w…
another park...
another park...
city center
city center
nice funicular
nice funicular
On the hills is much better
On the hills is much better
castle
castle
nice metro station
nice metro station
at the castle
at the castle
the view from the hills at Vesuvio
the view from the hills at Vesuvio
Jegs and Vesuvio
Jegs and Vesuvio
the city looks pretty good (only) …
the city looks pretty good (only)…
Jegs and the city;)
Jegs and the city;)
zoom
zoom
my new italian friend met on the h…
my new italian friend met on the …
and the slums seen from the hills …
and the slums seen from the hills…
castle again
castle again
on the hills its quite nice:)
on the hills it's quite nice:)
lotsa ppl everywhere
lotsa ppl everywhere
another nice metro station
another nice metro station
pedestrian zone
pedestrian zone
rubish again
rubish again
narrow streets
narrow streets
rubish is killing me!
rubish is killing me!
the beautiful view from the same p…
the beautiful view from the same …
my romantic place;)
my romantic place;)
if u look carefuly u can see the V…
if u look carefuly u can see the …
my bed:)
my bed:)
Naples
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