I’m thinking about where I want to go for my trip next year and I’m considering southern Italy. I just started reading through the guidebook I have for Naples/southern Italy and I’m trying to figure out how many days to allocate to Naples. I’m thinking 4 full days with ½ day or 1 whole day to visit Herculaneum. I’ve already visited Pompeii (as a long day trip from Rome) so I don’t have to include that on this trip. There seems to be an awful lot to see in Naples with all the museums, churches and interesting areas to walk around. Is the hop off/hop on bus a good way to get oriented with the layout of Naples? And I assume the bus system is a good way to get around?
This is a silly question but for those of you that have been to Palermo would a comparison between Naples and Palermo be fair? It seems both have acquired bad reputations but both seem to have an incredible amount of things to see. I was prepared for the “cityness” of Palermo and ended up really enjoying the time I had there. I’m originally from New Jersey so maybe because I’ve spent time in and worked in Manhattan, the chaos of a working city doesn’t bother me – I actually find it invigorating. But it helps to know what to expect. Thanks for any guidance.