I know a couple of reviewers have just come back from Naples and said how much they enjoyed it, but I thought I had to write my own comments in support of this much criticised city.
I was very weary of Naples from having read this forum for quite a few months before my trip, and as the holiday approached I was almost regretting not staying in Sorrento for the whole trip - but how wrong could I (and others) be!
Naples is a fantastic city - Yes, it's seen much better days; Yes I could see there may be problems around the station, but the positives FAR outweigh these.
The museum, palace, the various castles, the sea-front, Vomero hill are all worth visting and we felt we could have stayed twice as long as our 4 nights and still not seen everything Naples had to offer.
Eveyrone we encountered were friendly (apart from one inspector who insisted we couldn't use our Alibus ticket on the Metro even though his mate was telling him we could!)
The restuarants weren't high class, not that we wanted this, but they were cheap and the food was great. I ate just as well here (for half the price) as in Sorrento.
We stayed at the Hotel Piazza Bellini and the area, though lively, was as safe as any Italian city we've been too (and that's quite a few now). We took the usual precautions of not having anything on display and watching were we walked at night, but we never encountered any situation were we were concerned.
If you've got this far and you're still interested in visting Naples, PLEASE don't let everyone's negative views stop you from adding this great city to your Amalfi itinery...as I said in the title, I think everyone who visits any other Amalfi forum should be forced to read these positive reviews!!
One final point - DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT DRIVING - this is one thing people did get right - you don't have to me mad, you have to be immortal...