Is Naples Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Naples is generally safe for solo female travelers. Like any major city, it has its share of petty crime such as pickpocketing, especially in crowded tourist areas, so it's important to be vigilant of your belongings. However, violent crime is not common. Locals are friendly and willing to help. Some neighborhoods may feel a bit uncomfortable at night, so it's best to stick to well-lit, populated areas. With standard precautions, you will likely have a secure and enjoyable journey.

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How safe is Naples?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Naples isn't as dangerous as many perceive it to be. However, like any big city, it has its safety concerns. As a solo female traveler, you should exercise caution when walking alone at night, particularly in less frequented areas and side streets. Major tourist areas are usually well patrolled, but it's always wise to stay vigilant. Locals are typically friendly, but the city does struggle with pickpocketing and other petty crimes, mostly targeting tourists. It's advisable to avoid flashing valuables. Use common sense and stay in well-lit and populated areas.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Naples, is generally safe and reliable, it consists mainly of buses and trams operated by ANM, the municipal transport company, and a network of trains and metros operated by Trenitalia. As a solo female traveler, frequent commuter presence can make you feel safer. It is, however, recommended to take basic precautions especially during periods of heavy crowds where pickpocketing can occur. Late at night, the number of services decreases, so planning ahead is advised.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Naples, is generally a welcoming city with a vibrant culture and friendly locals. However, like any major city, occasional instances of street harassment such as catcalling and unwelcome attention can occur. You should remain aware of your surroundings, but overall, it is viewed as moderately respectful towards solo female travelers.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

While Naples can be a charming city brimming with culture and history, it does experience a moderate level of petty crimes. These might include pickpocketing or bag snatching, particularly in crowded tourist areas or on public transportation. Always be aware of your surroundings and secure your belongings tightly. However, it shouldn't deter you from enjoying your stay in Naples, as long as you take basic precautions.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

The tap water in Naples is safe to drink. The city's public water is maintained under strict standards for safety and cleanliness. It's not only safe but also of high quality, often deriving from underground springs. Some locals even prefer it over bottled water. Travelers can confidently drink the tap water in Naples, refill their water bottles, and use it for cooking without worrying about health risks.

Is Naples safe to travel?

4.1 /5

Based on 43 experiences

Solo travel experience

Their are still going rumours over Naples, that says this City would be a dangerous place, but I didn't experienced this. Instead I had a fun time on a vivid and colourful place, with bright sunshine the whole May. Sights here are interesting, people are friendly, food and hostels are cheap - best conditions, when you need something that fits into your pocket. You have only to deal with the loud and crazy traffic and the point, that not so many here speaking well English - but for me the trip was worth it!

Posted: May 18, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
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Anna

Anna

Hungary

Solo travel experience

I think Naples has a bad reputation outside of Italy, because of safety reasons, but I felt safe all the time as a solo traveler. People in Naples are one of a kind, in a good way. Most of the time I walked, a lot of attractions are really close to each other. The food was excellent and really affordable in Naples. I only tried street food in there, like the cuoppo fritto and portafoglio. They were amazing and cheap.

Posted: May 17, 2024
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Pau

Pau (21)

Italy

Group travel experience

Although Naples may be regarded as grittier, I felt generally safe during my stay. My friends and I, 6 of us all women, were able to walk around the streets at night with the usual precautions one would take anywhere.

Posted: March 27, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
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Zinzi

Zinzi

United States

Solo travel experience

I went to Napoli towards the end of 2021 for about 10 days. I stayed in an airbnb (not shared) in the Spanish Quarter, an airbnb (not shared) in Chiaia, and a hotel in Chiaia. The airbnbs were huge and super nice, but cheap (around $90/night). Chiaia is a nice neighborhood to stay in. It’s a more affluent place with nice views and restaurants. The Spanish Quarter was ok. It’s cheaper, but kind of sketchy at night. I never felt unsafe in Naples, but I have a higher tolerance for unsafe places. Maybe someone that is more fearful wouldn’t have done as much nighttime walking as I did. Naples is the home of Neapolitan pizza. I had a pizza at least once a day. LOL. It’s cheap and good. I wouldn’t say that the people are friendly. They mind their own business. Not interested in foreign people the way locals are in other countries. Very few people speak English, educated or not. Naples is a place that I’d recommend dating apps to get some social interaction. I didn’t find nightlife to be very interactive: people only interacted with the people they came with. I speak very basic Italian. Also, for POC, I’m a dark skinned, black woman. There was some staring, but nothing that made me uncomfortable.

Posted: January 20, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I loved Naples. I spent an incredible time there as a young woman traveling alone in July. I stayed in the Old Town and never once felt unsafe there. Everyone I came into contact with was very kind and hospitable. It was one of my favorite places I visited in Italy. I highly recommend visiting the National Archaeological Museum and the Sansevero Chapel to see the Veiled Christ. I also took a guided tour from Naples to Pompeii and loved every second of this experience. I also recommend wearing a purse with a strap over your shoulder to avoid potential pickpockets.

Posted: December 3, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I was there last April as a solo traveler and frankly speaking, I didn't like Naples at all. I was depressed all the time. However, I must admit that Naples has the best food among all the places I visited in Italy (Florence, Rome, Amalfi, Venice) - the pizza is simply out of this world. But the atmosphere did not suit me. It's really dirty there, full of graffiti, and I didn't feel safe walking at night as a solo traveler.

Posted: September 18, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Naples on a one-day trip from Rome and generally I felt safe, especially on crowded streets and near tourist attractions. The only time when I personally felt unsafe during the day was when I walked through several quiet, narrow streets. I didn't feel safe walking as a woman alone at night, so I spent the last few hours of the day at the train station to avoid moving around the city at night.

Posted: July 31, 2023
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Couple travel experience

I went to Naples last year with my boyfriend during our trip around Italy. Out of all the places we visited, I definitely felt the most unsafe in Naples. I would not travel there alone. I advise against staying around the train station, where I felt the most unsafe. The city was definitely worth visiting, even if it was just for the pizza.

Posted: July 30, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I highly recommend Naples. It was very inexpensive, I stayed in a charming Airbnb that was in the heart of the old town (4 nights there cost as much as one night in Rome), and there are many interesting things to do there. I was undecided about going there, because everyone said it was dirty and dangerous, but I absolutely didn't feel that way.

Posted: July 19, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Naples is the only place I have visited in Europe that I wouldn't return to. I felt very unsafe there, walking around and using public transportation. It's not a very clean city (trash everywhere on the streets).

Posted: July 14, 2023
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Is Naples safe right now?

Before your visit to Naples, it's essential to check travel advisories for Italy, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution due to terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises taking normal security precautions in Italy. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Italy. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 24, 2024

Is Naples worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 43 experiences

Solo travel experience

I spent several nights in Naples and traveled to Sorrento and Positano for day trips by train. During the day in Naples, I felt fine, but I definitely did not enjoy walking at night or traveling by train at night due to whistles from men and crowds on the night trains.

Posted: December 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Cloudi

Cloudi

United States

Solo travel experience

By far one of my favorite places. I feel like I belong here. Napoli has my heart. I stayed in centro storico the historic center of Naples , mount Vesuvius was 15 minutes away. What a beautiful walk to see the volcano and the beach . Naples is old and mysterious. The people are kind and wonderful. I met friends I’ll have for a life time. All the beautiful islands are a ferry away. Capri ischia and procida are quite a few that I have visited and are a must to spend time at.

Posted: November 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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