Litter strewn, flung, far and wide by the wind, garbage bags splitting, spilling their foul contents, piled high, rotting food and rubbish greet us, as we arrive in Italy, for our first views of the streets of Naples.
The army must be working slowly and it easy to imagine tourists avoiding the city in the future if this long-running issue is not resolved.
The Camorra, an old, very established crime group, controls most waste-collection services in Naples. Various political leaders have pledged to clean-up the streets but it is the first thing a traveller, on arrival, notices about Napoli is their lack of success. It is a tip and the photo below is the the tidiest pile I could find. Seriously!
This stark situation is compounded by the ubiquitous graffiti. Police stations, monuments, churches and cathedrals are not spared. I challenge you to find a vantage point in Naples where ‘street art’ is not visible. The tension is evident, even to a stranger, with limited Italian language, wandering the streets for a mere 4-5 days.
We are staying in the heart of the old city and love both the hotel and the ambience. The people we have encountered have been unusually kind and helpful. The location of the city, the 15th oldest in Europe to be continuously inhabited, according to Wikipedia, is absolutely stunning.
One can well understand that Naples was on the Grand Tour, so intellectual and aristocratic travellers could visit Pompeii and Vesuvius but the views and climate are stunning and of equal appeal.
We ‘like’ Naples!