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Naples, a city of art, takes the form of an amphitheatre on the sea with Vesuvius, the coastal mountains and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and Capo Miseno as its landmarks.

Located at the centre of the Mediterranean, the main town of the Campania Region and capital of Italy’s Mezzogiorno, Naples extends over an area of 118 square km and has a population of about 1,000,000 inhabitants.

The congress site

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The XI ECE will be held at the Expo Convention Centre, which offers an area of over 3,300 sq. meters, with large outdoor spaces, as well as structural services and assistance to provide optimal hospitality. It is located in the city centre, at the Stazione Marittima (Maritime Station). The complex shares a pier (Molo Angioino) with the cruise terminal, and is close to the ferry and hydrofoil terminal. It is served by public transport and taxi. The main central station is 3 Km away, and is connected to the congress site by underground (Metro Line 1, stop Municipio). In case you plan to come by car, remember that parking is not easy in city centre.

How to reach and move in Naples

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Capodichino Airport is Naples City Airport, it offers regular and low-cost flights

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By train

The main railway station is Napoli Centrale / Piazza Garibaldi, on the east side of the city. It has frequent connections with Roma Termini (Trenitalia) and Roma Tiburtina (Italotreno), every 60 min or less during rush hours. It takes about 1 hour from Napoli Centrale to Rome Termini), which can be easily reached via public transport from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Napoli Centrale / Piazza Garibaldi station is connected to the congress site by underground (Metro Line 1, stop Municipio).

 

By car

  • A1 (Autostrada del Sole) from Milan/Rome
  • A3 from Salerno – Reggio Calabria
  • A16 from Avellino and Benevento
  • A14 – A16 from Bari

 

By Coach

Public and private bus companies connect Naples to Italian and European destinations.

Getting around in Naples

Naples city center, where the congress site is located, is easy to explore on foot, with extensive pedestrian zones, but has also a good transportation network.

Azienda Napoletana Mobilità (ANM) is the public transport company that runs city and suburban routes. The website www.anm.it provides information on the different forms of transportation to be found in Naples and the neighboring towns. Buses are available, but, because of heavy traffic, Neapolitans rely on underground trains (metropolitana) and funiculars. The stations of Metro Line 1 are an artsy experience on their own (Metro Art Tour). Metro line 2 and 4 funiculars (Chiaia, Centrale, Montesanto and Mergellina) connect different areas of Naples. Alibus serves the airport. Circumvesuviana trains serve Ercolano, Pompei and Sorrento. Taxis can be found at taxi posts, hailed in the street and called by phone. Fares have been approved by Naples municipal government, and are equivalent for the different companies. Taxis are white and bear a visible sign.

 

Urban railways map

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A brief history of Naples

 

Parthenope was founded in the VII century BC by the inhabitants of Cuma, a polis of Magna Graecia, to serve as a harbor. The foundation site includes the islet where now is Castel dell’Ovo, and the new town was named after the mythic siren. Between VI and V century BC, after a period of decline following the wars with Etruscans, a new polis, Neapolis, was funded. In Imperial times, Naples and its surroundings increased their fame as an area of great attractiveness, beautiful villas, thermae and theatres where Roman aristocracy were engaged in their “otia”. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Naples, like the rest of Italy, had to suffer subsequent invasions, until it surrenders to Normans in XI century. In 1220 a new conqueror arrives, Frederick II, King of Sicily and Germany, and here he founded, in 1224, the first state University, dedicated to the training of secular administrators, today named after him, as “University of Napoli Federico II”. The Swabians were followed by the dynasties Anjou and Aragonese. During XVII century, Naples was governed by Spanish functionaries, and in XVIII century by the Bourbons, with the brief parentheses of the Parthenopean Republic (1799) and the Napoleonic period. In 1860, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia (Piedmont – Sardinia), and Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy was proclaimed king of the new state, Kingdom of Italy, in 1861. It is now recognized that the period before Italian unification was characterized by social, scientific and technological achievements.

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Touristic and cultural attractions

Naples history results in a unique mixture of interesting attractions: in Naples you can visit Greek and Roman archaeological sites, romanic and gothic churches, medieval castles, baroque palaces, art nouveau and rationalistic architecture. Naples centro storico (historic centre), probably the largest open air museum in the world, is listed among UNESCO world heritage sites.

 

http://www.campaniartecard.it

Naples Surroundings

Naples is just in the heart of a beautiful gulf.

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From Naples you can easily reach:

The gulf islands

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Capri

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The archeological sites

Pompei, Herculaneum, Oplontis

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The coastal areas

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Positano

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Mount Vesuvius

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Procida

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Campi flegrei

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Sorrento

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Caserta Royal Palace and park

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