Today, Naples remains a major Mediterranean seaport and has retained much of its ancient beauty and splendor. Medieval castles and classic ruins exist side by side with the industrial elements of the city.
Naples is a large metropolitan area, and its downtown is similar to that of New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago; however, the amount of violent crimes is significantly less than large American cities.
A high degree of theft exists in and around the Naples area, but common sense and personal safety precautions that you'll be briefed on when you arrive here can help you avoid being a victim of theft.
Naples and its surrounding communities total about six million people and the unemployment rate hovers around 30 percent. About half of the workforce consists of professional services, followed closely by industrial production. Agriculture is also a portion of the workforce; however, its portion is significantly smaller. Despite problems of overcrowding and unemployment, Neapolitans maintain a pleasant, optimistic outlook on life. It is to your advantage to maintain a similar outlook when you arrive and begin to experience their culture.
As a visitor, you have a rare opportunity to experience and adapt to life in Italy. Combine this spirit with the fascinating variety of people and activities and you will begin to understand what makes Naples such a magical place.