How to reach Naples
Arrival by plane
Naples has an International Airport called Capodichino. The airport has good links to main European cities like London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich and main Italian cities like Milan and Rome by direct flights. It is located at a 7 km from the city centre.
Participants are suggested to fly directly to the Airport of Napoli Capodichino scheduling stop in one of the main cities listed above and others. For information about Naples Airport and flights, please visit the web site: Capodichino Airport
Alternatively, the best and closest destination is Rome Fiumicino.
From this Airport participants will need to take a train called Leonardo Express leaving from a railways station located at the airport from platform 24 each 30 minutes (tickets cost euro 14,00). Leonardo Express takes about 32 minutes to the Railways Station of Rome Termini. From Rome Termini fast trains called Freccia Rossa and Freccia Argento leave about each hour to Napoli, taking about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
For timetable of trains connecting Rome to Naples and back please visit the web site: Trenitalia
For Leonardo Express go to the page: Leonardo Express
A taxi service is available at the airport in Rome but the distance between Rome and Naples is about 200 km, so the taxi will be really very expensive.
Arrival by train
The stations is linked to the city centre by underground, public buses or taxi.
For further information and schedules visit the website: Trenitalia
Arrival by car
From Rome, Highway A1 (Autostrada del Sole), from Bari, Highway A14, from Reggio Calabria, Highway A3, take the “Tangenziale” exit at Fuorigrotta. Follow the directions: Piazzale Tecchio/Campi Flegrei.
For further information visit the web site: Autostrade
The City of Naples
Description and History
Naples is the largest city in South Italy and one of the most beautiful, particularly around the Bay of Naples. The capital of Campania, this sprawling metropolis was founded by Greeks and later enlarged by Romans, and as a result is rich in history and stunning architecture. The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city.
To one side of Naples is Mount Vesuvius, and near to the bay are the pretty islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, which all lend themselves to day trips. Pompeii and Herculaneum are full of some of the most interesting and revealing Roman ruins in Italy, after being destroyed by Vesuvius when it erupted almost 2,000 years ago.
In central Naples, the official tourist information centres stand on the Piazza dei Martriri, the Piazza dei Gesu Nuovo and the Via San Carlo, while further tourism outlets are based at the Mergellina and Stazione Central train stations. These branches all stock the excellent ‚Qui Napoli‘ brochure, which comes with a good map and an English guide to the principal sights.
Getting around the City of Naples
Be forewarned: Traffic in Naples may be extremely heavy, just to compare: very similiar to New York‘s. Traffic around the train station is nuts. Before attempting to cross the street, observe the locals. The idea is to spot a gap in the traffic and start across and hopefully people will stop.
There are several ways to see Naples and the surrounding area. These include by taxi, train/subway, bus.
Taxis are the quickest way to see Naples, but also the most expensive. Before getting into a taxi, make sure it is licensed. Licensed taxis will have a city crest on the door and a taxi number. Also, make sure it has a meter. By law, licensed taxis must display a list of pre-agreed fares in a number of languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish). Check the presence of such fares and agree to them before starting the journey.
You will be surprised how easily you can get around by foot, too. Interesting spots are almost on every corner and most distances – especially in the (historic) centre – are small and can easily be walked in a matter of minutes.