Visit Naples

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Historical Centre (Centro Storico):

Naples’s heart is the historic centre, which UNESCO has declared a Cultural Heritage site. Its narrow alleyways lead to mysterious churches, catacombs and underground caves. Even today Naples’s traditional culture is revealed by craftspeople, fluttering laundry, and shouting fish sellers. The historic city is characterized by many churches of Romanic, Gothic and Baroque styles, buildings belonging to aristocratic families, and historical residences. The number of attractions is so vast that it would be impossible to complete a tour of the city within a week. We strongly recommend visiting the following places:

Please note that the Conference venues – Castel dell’Ovo, the Royal Palace and San Gennaro’s Catacombs  – are also very important tourist attractions.

We strongly suggest having a pizza in one of the several traditional “pizzerie” located in the historic centre to enjoy the most typical Neapolitan food.

More information on the historical centre are available at this link.


Outside the centre, we suggest a visit to San Martino Monastery.



Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried by volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Researchers believe that the town was founded in the 7th or 6th century BC by the Osci or Oscans.

The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by the Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748.The objects that lay beneath the city have been preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. These artefacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids in the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allowed archaeologists to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died.

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.




Capri is a wonderful island (known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean Sea”) located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples . The main town Capri  shares the name of the island. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic.

Some of the main features of the island include the following: the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project out of the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

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Procida is the smallest island in the Campanian archipelago. Of volcanic origin, Procida is also connected to the island of Vivara by a narrow bridge.

Enjoy its narrow streets and churches, and walk through the town centre to admire the architecture of centuries past: the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, which had a central role in Procida’s religious and cultural history, is worth visiting. It rises on the Terra Murata promontory, with the sea a steep drop below.

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Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 kilometres from the city of Naples. It is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands.  The island is very well-known for its beaches, its food and for its thermal waters.

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Amalfi and Sorrento Coasts:

These two coasts (on two opposite sides of the mountains of the “Parco dei Monti Lattari”) are known all over the world  for their amazing views, for the architecture, the sea and the food. We strongly suggest visiting Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento.

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