What are some of the most popular vacation destinations in Italy? Certainly there are the historic cities of Florence, Venice and Rome, the fabulous northern lakes or Tuscan hills, or the southern Italian coast and its wonderful beaches.
Mention Naples as a suggestion for an Italian vacation, and people may look at you funny. While Naples is famous as the birthplace of pizza, it is also known as being gritty, grimy, and perhaps even "unsafe" for travelers. Travel guides to Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast will even warn travelers away from spending too much time in Naples and make it sound like there is not much to see or do there, and that you must guard your valuables with your life should you dare venture out into the city's streets.
Well, I have to say after spending a week in Naples that these tour guides are very, very wrong. Yes, Naples is a different kind of travel destination as compared to Italy's more popular Northern cities. It can take a while to get used to it, and the city's beauty may take a while to reveal itself to you. But there are many reasons to consider a stay in Napoli, whether just for a few days or as a base of residence for a full Southern Italy vacation. Let me share some of my "discoveries" and reasons to consider Naples with you here, along with some resources and travel guides where you can learn more for planning your own vacation.