Whilst Naples does get a bad reputation, travelling to Naples is safe. That said, like in every big city, there are several common scams, and you should be aware of your valuables, especially in crowded areas.
The most common crime in Naples is often just petty theft, typically in crowded areas (especially tourist sights) and on public transport – the kind of crime you get in many municipalities. So, whilst it’s worth taking the same precautions you would in any other city too, it is safe.
Naples ranks low on the list of hazardous cities in Italy even though organised crime is a well-known facet.
Unfortunately, not all places in Naples are safe. You need to be careful and aware of your surroundings pretty much anywhere you go in the world, and the same goes for visiting Naples.
- Museo and Garibaldi Square: Can be sketchy after dark, watch out for your possessions!
- Spaccanapoli: This is an area that receives a fair amount of attention from pickpockets. You should be aware that scams are common, and you should watch out for ‘fake’ items being sold.
- Garibaldi Station: The area around the train station is littered with questionable-looking stands and intimidating characters. Although there is a reasonably thick police presence, you should try to avoid slipping down side streets or dark alleys.
- Forcella: The centre of the old town and tourist district is very safe during the daytime (although you should watch your stuff), but at night it can attract the wrong crowd. Use your common sense when in and around this area.
There have been reports of aggressive taxi drivers, which you should watch out for, but not expect. Most taxi drivers in the city are helpful and just want you from A to B safely.
Trains and train stations are well known for being gathering points for opportunistic criminals, who won’t second guess swiping a loose wallet, bag or phone if left unattended. Take care to keep all of your valuables within line of sight when travelling by train!