• A classical view of the Bay of Naples at dawn

  • Downtown Naples (UNESCO World Heritage), with the wound of ‘Spaccanapoli’ (‘Lower Decumanus’)

  • Castel S. Elmo (now a Museum), on top of the Vomero hill

  • Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples, on former island of Megaride

  • The ‘Fontanelle’ cemetery caves, established after the great plague of 1656

  • A snapshot of the America’s Cup Catamaran World Series (2012)

  • ‘Toledo’ station, according to the Daily Telegraph the most scenic metro station in the world

  • The small island of Nisida and the Bay of Pozzuoli at sunset; HTExplore is nearby...

  • ‘Corricella’ marina, on the island of Procida (home to Pablo Neruda during his long exile)

  • ‘Sibyl’s Cave’, in the Greek colony of Cumae (now a National Archaeological Site)

Travel


 

Direct flights connect daily Naples ‘Capodichino’ airport with several major European intercontinental hubs. Many low-cost companies also operate to/from Naples, particularly in the high season (April to October). Alternatively, you can fly to Rome ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ hub, and continue to Naples by train.

High speed (Alta Velocità) trains departing every 30-60 min link Naples and Rome central railway stations. The journey takes 70 min.

Public transportation in downtown Naples and the surrounding area is decent, and has recently improved upon completion of Subway Line 1, which connects most up-hill and down-hill neighborhoods with Central Railway Station; it is worth noting that the stations of this line are remarkable from the architectural standpoint, and have been ranked among the most scenic in the world. Several other subway lines are under construction, but the time frame for completion is uncertain mainly due to the delays caused by the continuous findings of archaeological sites during the excavation work. With one ticket (‘Unico’, € 1.50 fare) you can board all metro trains, public buses and tramways, and cable railways (funiculars) for a duration of 90 min from first boarding; this usually is more than enough to get to destination.

Taxis are reasonably priced. A flat fare (‘Tariffa pre-determinata’) can be requested to/from all hotels downtown and the airport, the central railway station and the main harbor.

The Department of Chemical Sciences of the ‘Federico II’ University, home to HTExplore, is in the neighborhood of Fuorigrotta, at the north-western reach of Naples. It can be reached in 15-20 min by taxi from the airport, and by bus (ANM lines R6, 180 and 615) from the railway station of Campi Flegrei. The latter is connected by a metro line (Linea 2) to Naples Central Railway Station (20 min trip).

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