Naples is the largest city in the South of Italy. Until 1860, it was the third city in Europe, a magnificent capital of the vast Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, ruled by the powerful dynasty of the Bourbons. For centuries, the city was the cultural capital of the peninsula and the symbol of technological development.
Today, the splendor of Naples is visible at every turn. The whole Naples is a big downtown with magnificent temples, theaters, historic palaces, covered with beautiful paintings, antique statues and carvings. Under cobblestones are hidden lower levels of the city, remains of buildings, squares, streets and old catacombs.
Situated in the South of Italy, Naples is easy to reach thanks to several national and international direct connections. Naples International Airport is located 7 km from the city center and connects to more than 90 national and international destinations: the main European hubs can be reached in less than 3 hours. In addition, the high-speed train network guarantees short connections with the principal Italian cities i.e. Rome 1 hour, Milan 4 hours. Florence in 2 hours 30 minutes.
The major Italian and International cities have direct flights to Naples International Airport. (https://www.aeroportodinapoli.it/homepage)
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.
The main railway station of Naples is called Napoli Centrale and is located at Piazza Garibaldi. Naples has excellent high-speed rail connections with all major Italian cities. For timetables and further information please visit the Trenitalia, Italo or Trainline websites.) For those arriving into Rome, high-speed trains to Naples operated by Trenitalia and Italo run on an hourly basis with a journey time of just over one hour.
From Rome, Highway A1 (Autostrada del Sole), from Bari, Highway A14, from Reggio Calabria, Highway A3, take direction “Marina”/“Naples Center”, or take “Tangenziale” Highway (exits “Vomero”, or “Fuorigrotta”).
While the city centre of Naples is best explored on foot, the city centre is served by an underground metro system, which also connects the main train station Napoli Centrale at Piazza Garibaldi to the city centre and neighborhoods beyond the centre. The metro system, also known as Metro dell’arte, not only provides functionality but is itself an attraction of the city, featuring several stations specially designed by contemporary artists and architects. Trams, public buses and taxi ranks are also widely available. Tickets for public transport can be purchased at metro and train stations, as well as at several coffee bars and tabaccheria (tobacconists) around the city.
If you choose to use public transport a few times during your visit, we would recommend purchasing an Abbonamento 7 Giorni priced at €12.50. The ticket is valid for seven days and can be used within the white section of this map on all modes of transport (metro, bus, funicular and tram).
For the adventurous, electric scooters can be easily hired by the minute via the Helbiz app.
The meeting is being held at Stazione Marittima Congress Centre which is located in the city centre, in front of Palazzo San Giacomo, on the other side of the wide Municipio Square. It was built during Fascism, between 1933 and 1936. From there, in 1964, the Pietà by Michelangelo left for New York on Cristoforo Colombo ship. Today, Naples Stazione Marittima is divided in two wings, each one being 182 meters long. The external decorations are twelve medallions in Trani stone: among these, eight depict several geographical places (Eastern Africa, Rome, Athens, Cairo, Rio De Janeiro, Calcutta and Naples, of course). The others represent air and sea navigation, a steamboat and a Roman ship.
There are four bronze metopes depicting Castore and Polluce and the richness of maritime trade, besides the classic bronze horses. It offers modern and efficient infrastructures being among the most important in Naples; these spaces were restored and reorganized by respecting the original architecture to create the Congress Centre and the mall. It is located in the area overlooking Municipio square.
For citizens of European Union countries, a current valid ID is sufficient. For citizens outside EU, a passport is obligatory. Depending on the nationality of the delegates, the duration and the reason for their stay in Italy, it may be necessary for them to obtain a VISA before leaving. In this case, they should apply to the Italian consulate in their country.
Naples has warm temperatures and a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The average temperatures goes from 3° to 15° degrees in Winter/Autumn and from 12° up to 30° degrees in Spring/Summer. May is usually rather warm.
The currency is Euro (€).
Most shops, hotels and restaurants in Naples accept major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). Not all taxis accept payment by banker’s card, so it is recommended to check in advance.
The Naples Municipality collects a visitor tax that applies to paying accommodation. The tax varies from € 1.50 to € 5.00 per person/day.
Naples is in GMT + 1 time zone.
The electricity network follows the European standard of a tension of 230 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz.
Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm (on average); they are closed on Sunday and public holidays, except for the shopping districts. Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday; automatic cash distributors function 24/24. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, and from 8pm until 11pm.
There are different types of tickets for busses and metro lines.
They can be purchased at Tabacchi (tobacco shops) or newstands.You must validate your ticket as soon as you enter the bus or train station when using it for the first time. Having a ticket which has not been validated is the same as not having a ticket at all. Yellow validation machines are not always obvious – you may have to look for them. Inspectors regularly stake out the connections between stations to make sure that travelers have valid tickets. Having an unvalidated ticket will cause a spot fine of 100 €.
Useful transit hubs are Piazza Garibaldi for trains and buses and Aereoporto Capodichino, the main airport for Naples. Most bus and trolley lines go to the main Garibaldi/Napoli Centrale railroad station, and many go past Piazza Plebiscito (Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, Opera House).
The Metro is currently being extended to better serve the historic area.
At present, two metro lines depart from Piazza Garibaldi (under the Central Station). The line 1 (trains every 8 minutes) goes to University, Toledo, Piazza Dante, the National Archeological Museum, and then up the Vomero Hill, while the line 2 (trains every 12 minutes) goes from Garibaldi train station westward to Pozzuoli, through Chiaia, Mergellina and Fuorigrotta (San Paolo Stadium).
Another transport option is the funicular lines, there are three lines running from historic center to the Vomero Hill, and one line running from Mergellina to Posillipo hill. A funicular is basically two special rail cars, each attached to opposite ends of a long cable, use for climbing and descending hills. As one goes up hill, the other goes down, and they cross in the middle. Three of these lines run from the hilltop Vomero neighborhood to various parts of downtown; the fourth runs from the bottom to the top of Posillipo. The funiculars can be a time-saver. For example, take the funicular from near the Royal Palace (up Via Toledo about one block) to Vomero, then walk a couple blocks to the other funicular station and go downhill to the Metro stop — easy access to the Phlegrean Fields, Mostra d’Oltremare, Pozzuoli, or even downtown Naples.
You can reach Capri, Ischia and other islands by boat from the Molo Beverello Maritime Station at the foot of P.za Municipio. Tickets can be purchased on a walk-up basis. Multiple companies and boats depart each day about every 30 minutes, subject to seasonal availability.
Positano, Sorrento and Ravello can be easily reached by car/taxi, it takes around 1 hour from Naples.
You can download the App Gira Napoli, for IOS and Android to see the lines, stops, waiting times, etc.
You can use one of the following numbers to call a taxi:
Although Naples sometimes gets a bad rap as a dangerous city, it is a safe place to visit as long as you keep some safety considerations in mind. Naples, like any big city, has safe and unsafe areas. On the whole, it’s a lively, dynamic place to visit in Italy.
These scams are common throughout the country, so keep them in mind whether you’re enjoying Naples or exploring all the things to see in Rome!
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Dear EURAPS friends,
most countries in Europe reveal an optimistic course of Covid numbers due to growing vaccination rates. We all do wish for a live conference with warm collegial and personal interactions.
We currently are in full preparation for the EURAPS 2022 edition in Naples. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming you all there in good health, with a broad smile and with fascinating scientific contributions.
We are pleased to inform you that the abstract submission is now open. Deadline for sending in your best reconstructive and aesthetic work is October 10.
A new lineup of motivated expert Reviewers has been recruited to analyze all your abstracts in order to establish an outstanding scientific program in Naples.
A new generation of Committee Members with great enthusiasm has been set into office to provide for a smooth flow of business.
New membership rules will soon be published in order to welcome a larger number of motivated and ambitious Associate and Active Members.
The near future of EURAPS promises to be exciting and full of opportunities.
I am thrilled to be part of that as new Secretary-General.
Very best regards,
Jan Jeroen Vranckx, MD, PhD
Prof. & Chief Dept. of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery &
Lab of Plastic Surgery & Tissue Engineering Research
KU-Leuven University Hospitals, Belgium