The best and the worst place in Italy
Naples Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
July 8th, 2008 – by: jegs76
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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