Solo Female Travel in Naples

Naples, situated on the vibrant southern coast of Italy, is renowned for its rich history, stunning architectures, and robust cultural offerings. Known as the birthplace of pizza, its culinary scene boasts a wide range of traditionally Italian gastronomy, alongside a plethora of authentic Neapolitan pizzerias. The city, overlooking the serene bay of Naples, offers breathtaking views of the vibrant blue Tyrrhenian Sea and encircling vistas of Mount Vesuvius. Resplendent with captivating tourist attractions, such as the majestic Royal Palace and the striking Castel dell'Ovo, Naples also extends a gateway to the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast and the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The city is equally celebrated for its vivacious street life and lively markets, offering visitors a robust, experiential insight into authentic Neapolitan life.

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Safety:Safe

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.

Transport:Moderate

Navigating Naples can be a bit challenging due to its bustling and chaotic nature. However, once accustomed to the vibe of the city, transportation options such as buses, taxis, and the metro are available to get around. Additionally, many sightseeing destinations are within walking distance in the city center. But some areas might not feel safe, particularly at night, hence caution is advised.

Things to do:Fascinating

Naples offers a wide array of activities and things to do to satisfy every traveler's predilections. The city is rich in historical sites, including the awe-inspiring Naples Cathedral and the Royal Palace. If you're an art lover, you'll love exploring the many museums like Museo Cappella Sansevero and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Naples' streets are full of life, offering endless photogenic alleys, markets, cafes, and shops. Food is an essential part of Neapolitan culture, with many opportunities to try authentic pizza, seafood, and sweets. Naples is also a great hub for visiting nearby iconic places like Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi Coast.

Food:Excellent

Naples offers a culinary landscape as rich and varied as its robust cultural history. Famous as the birthplace of pizza, you'll find plenty more than just the classic Margherita. The city is a haven for pasta-lovers too with gnocchi alla sorrentina and spaghetti alle vongole as local favourites. Street food is another highlight, with treats such as Cuoppo (fried seafood and vegetables) and Taralli (salty, crunch snacks) waiting in the endless lanes. For those with a sweet tooth, don't miss out on a Sfogliatella, a shell-shaped filled pastry, a well-known Neapolitan delight. From local taverns to high-end dining experiences, the city continually proves itself as a food lover's paradise and caters to every taste and budget.

Budget:Moderate

Naples sits comfortably at the middle of affordability for travelers. While it's not the cheapest destination in Italy, it offers value for money. Accommodation and food can range drastically based on your preferences; there are low-cost options available, but also plenty of higher-end opportunities. Public transport is reasonably priced and many of the attractions are free or inexpensive. However, splurging on unique experiences like going to the opera or taking a boat trip to Capri might increase the overall budget drastically.

Is Naples worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 41 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.1/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4/5
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
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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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
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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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Solo travel experience

Best place to be in the summer. Lots of things to do and cheaper than other places in Italy. You can also do day trips by boat to many islands that are usually expensive to stay in, such as Capri, Ischia.

Posted: October 26, 2023Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Naples on a solo trip. I had a great time exploring the cobblestone streets and eating all the Sfogliatelle. The weather wasn't the best, but I managed to do 90% of the things I wanted to. My travel itinerary included climbing Mount Vesuvius, visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii and the Santa Chiara Monastery.

Posted: August 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Naples alone and I felt absolutely fine. The people were really nice. The trains were also easy to use. I stayed in a beautiful monastery located on a hill in the city, from where there was a beautiful view of the Bay of Naples.

Posted: August 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Local tips

I lived in Naples for three years. Fully residing in a place is very different from visiting it, and I would encourage any curious traveler to visit Naples, as southern Italy is stunning. Sorrento, Ravello, and other parts of the Amalfi Coast are incredibly beautiful, and we often escaped there for weekends. Having said that, Naples does deserve its reputation as a place of trash and crime. The air, water, and soil in Naples are so dangerous that expatriates are instructed how to best avoid all three. A visitor will not experience this, and the city of Naples has a cool waterfront with some great museums and an underground worth seeing. But know that while every major city has its share of filth and street crime (Manhattan comes to mind), the higher level of dirt in Naples is very real, as are petty thefts. But travelers are generally very safe. Someone might try to steal something from you, but physical violence is extremely rare. I have often ventured into Naples alone, just to take pictures. My only concern ever was my large camera, not my personal safety.

Posted: November 30, 2022
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