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Trip Report Naples and Amalfi coast trip report (why I hate scooters!)

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First Naples is a dump. Dirty and grimy at every corner and the only reason we went there was for the Archeological museum. The pizza was great though, unfortunately the best pizza places are located in these street/alleyways that look bad in the daylight. Rough neighborhoods to walk around in definitely not after dark!

CAR RENTAL= Rented a car at the Avis counter at the airport and downgraded because I needed something small while there. One thing to remember is that they will try to screw you out of some money, everyone and everywhere you go. She tried to charge me 150 euros over my confirmed rental rate, fought with them and finally got it to my rental rate. The guy checking the car with me would not mark the scratches I found and wouldn't even lend me his pen when I wanted to mark them myself.

Driving in Naples= Mad! Bad! aggravating! not courteous! crazy! I have driven in NYC, Paris, LA and even Baghdad and this city is worse than all. Friggin scooters!!! The city was not built for public transportation so drivers there just make their own rules and do not use any turn signals. The streets are built with big uneven cobblestones that will jar your teeth loose. Glad we were here only one night.

Pompeii= we drove to Pompeii after leaving that craphole of a city Napoli and parked at the amphitheater side, with all of out luggage in the trunk and on a metered street, for a euro an hour. We had no problems. After escaping from Naples we felt overconfident to park anywhere. 11 euros to get in, take a water bottle as there is lots of walking to do (not handicapped accessible!) and spigots throughout were you can refill the bottle.

Sorrento= used this city as a base and was a good decision because the other city's along the Amalfi coast are logistically challenging. Again, the friggin scooters coming at you from all directions.
A rental was also welcomed because relying on a public bus to take you anywhere meant being trapped in a hot tuna can, people were squished in them buses!

Driving to Amalfi= yes, the roads are very narrow! I am an experienced driver an can drive these 2 meter construction lanes in Germany at a fast rate of speed (on the Autobahns they narrow the fast lane to 2 meters when they are rebuilding the roads) so my motor reflexes paid off here. You will have to squeeze through some very tight spots! Scooter drivers are nuts though and seriously wondered why I didn't see any fatalities.

Getting into Positano with a car was impossible so we just went into Amalfi then into Ravello, nice towns. Hint: make sure you wait for the only stoplight into Ravello to turn green otherwise you will have to back down the mountain when a big truck comes at you (the damn light was red for like 10 minutes, I thought it was broken!).

Amalfi was nice but I liked Cinque Terre better. The people in this region just seemed not to give a fu** about anything and treated everyone around them the same way.

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