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The city of Naples, the vibrant capital of southern Italy, is situated in a spectacular setting around two scenic bays, Bancino del Piliero and Bacino Angioino, both in the Golfo di Napoli, Gulf of Naples, on the western edge of the Italian peninsula.
The city vibrates around the clock at a fever pitch of noise and activity and its people are exuberant and enthusiastic as well as charming and welcoming. It is said that the friendliness and helpfulness of local Neapolitans now meets and often exceeds that of other large Italian cities.
The Central part of the city is especially walkable and best tackled on foot due to daily traffic jams, including cars and scooters on streets, thoroughfares and boulevards. Eateries, shops, attractions, sights, and nightlife are grouped together in separate areas close to downtown and the waterfront areas. This makes it easy to use local transportation and then stroll, explore and wander about each area as the locals do. Street life is lively and it is best to stick to the well-frequented areas. It is also advised to avoid narrow back streets away from the central area, the docks, and, at night, the railroad station.
Day trips from Naples include traveling down the coast to historic Pompeii and the Sorrento peninsula; both can be reached by train. Boat trips from Naples to Sorrento or to the islands of Capri and Ischia are also available.