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Making the Most of Naples

Making the Most of Naples

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)GETTING THERE

Your ship docks in Molo Angionio at Maritime Station (Stazione Marittima) in Naples, smack dab in the center of the city’s bustling waterfront. From the pier, Naples’ city center is about ½ mile away, so while you can walk you may also prefer to take a taxi or tour bus. You can get a taxi outside the large cruise terminal building, which houses a few souvenir shops and an information booth. (Tip: There are several elevators here, but they are tucked out of the way—look for signs indicating the ascensore.) For more information on the port, visit http://www.porto.napoli.it/en. Disembarkation time is typically 7:30 am with an All Aboard time around 6:00 pm.

GETTING AROUND

If you’re not doing an excursion (although we strongly recommend it), you’ll probably take a taxi into the city or to another location. Taxis are plentiful, but do try to get an “official” licensed taxi (white with the Naples symbol on their front doors, a taxi number, and a meter) by using a taxi stand found in most piazzas. Be aware that Naples traffic is crazy, so your trip may take longer than you expect. Tip: If your driver tries to tell you the taxi’s meter is not working, ask that they switch it on anyway and don’t rely on their guesstimate, which will undoubtedly be higher than necessary. • If you’re exploring the city on your own, consider a funicular (as in the famous “Funiculi-Funicula” song), a cable car that goes up the steep hill of Vómero. You can catch one at the Piazetta Duca d’Aosta—just make sure you leave enough time to get down and back to the ship. • Right next to the cruise pier is Molo Beverello, where you can board ferries and hydrofoils to Capri, Sorrento, and Amalfi. • Hoping to rent a car or moped (a la “Roman Holiday”)? Don’t bother. The traffic is not conducive to pleasure driving, and mopeds shouldn’t be rented. Buses are available (most leave from Piazza Garibaldi—not a nice area), but they aren’t convenient or very clean.

STAYING SAFE

Naples is a dense, highly populated urban area and pickpocketing is a serious issue. Keep those valuables back on the ship in your safe, carry minimal cash, and keep the cash in a wallet secured in a front pocket or under your clothing. Try to travel in groups when possible, like on a Disney shore excursion. If you’ve got an expensive camera, keep it under wraps when not in use and don’t carry it around your neck or arm. Be wary of gypsies and grifters, and watch out for suspicious behavior. Women, ignore “flirtatious” men altogether. It’s best to just not make eye contact at all with questionable characters.

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