WELCOME TO NAPLES
EMOOCS2019 CONFERENCE VENUE
This year’s 6th edition of the European MOOC Stakeholders Summit, EMOOCs 2019, will be held in the beautiful city of Naples, in Southern Italy. Naples is a welcoming and vibrant city, and the oldest culture in Europe. It is an attractive conference destination because of the weather, the sea, the food, the history and atmosphere. There are a wealth of interesting tourist sites to visit for those delegates wishing to extend their stay, including Pompeii and Vesuvius, the islands of Capri or Ischia, and the stunning Amalfi coast.
The venue is the Congress Center of the University of Naples Federico II, a historic building of bright and generous proportions, which enjoys a superb city-centre, seafront location opposite a picturesque castle. There are a variety of hotels and restaurants on the doorstep and the whole area is pedestrianised.
HOW TO REACH NAPLES
Direct flights to Naples (Capodichino Airport) are offered to Naples from many European cities, otherwise Rome airports provide a valid alternative, with high-speed train links to Naples.
To get to the city centre/conference venue from the airport – approx 7km – use the shuttle bus or a taxi.
The airport shuttle is called Alibus and it transports passengers between the Airport, Central Station and the Molo Beverello Port. The Port is the nearest stop to conference venue and hotels but is still a 12 minute walk.
You can buy the ticket on board – it costs 5 Euros.
The bus arrives and departs from the bus stop located on the exit side of the airport, about 100 metres from arrivals terminal.
Buses leave every 15 minutes during the middle of the day, and takes about 30 minutes to reach the city centre but please consult timetable.
Taxi services to and from airport have a surcharge, and cost more after 22.00 and on Sundays. Although taxis have both meter and fixed tariff, it is better to ask for the fixed tariff as soon as you get in. Prices are displayed on back of driver’s seat and available on this website.
The main railway station is Napoli Centrale – Piazza Garibaldi Station. For travel to and from major cities including Rome we recommend the high speed FrecciaRossa or Italo service. Competitive fares are available if you book in advance.
The lower level of the station is for the Naples subway system – there are 2 lines for getting around the city centre – and the Circumvesuviana railway for local trains to Pompeii and Sorrento.
Naples is directly connected with Rome by the A1 highway, and the trip takes generally less than 2 hours. There are car parks near the conference centre but parking is expensive.
Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodation. A list of recommended hotels in Naples is provided below.
Please be aware that Naples is currently attracting large numbers of tourists from around the world and May is a popular period. We suggest you book your accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Many of the hotels near the Conference venue offer special rates for participants.
Please note that a tourist tax of 2,50 Euros (3,50 for 4 star hotels) is charged by the hotel per person per night and is not always included in the special rate.
A limited number of rooms are available at special conference rates. These are shown below. When booking, you should mention the University of Naples Federico II convention – EMOOCs 2019.
Hotel Royal **** (agreed-upon rate)
via Partenope 38/44
To book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dus classic 130,00 €
Double classic 150,00 €
Dus superior 154,00 €
Double superior 170,00 €
Hotel Rex *** (agreed-upon rate)
Via Palepoli, 12
Standard room – single 90,00 €
Executive room – single 120,00 €
Standard room – double 110,00 €
Executive room – double 135,00 €
Please to book this hotel fill in and send the form
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia **** (agreed-upon rate)
Via Partenope, 46
Dus classic 175,00 €
Double classic 200,00 €
Dus deluxe sea-front, 230.00 €
Double deluxe sea-front, 270.00 €
Partenope Relais **** (agreed-upon rate)
Via Nicolò Tommaseo 1
Dus Classic 145,00 €
Double Classic 170,00 €
Dus Superior Room with lateral sea view 190,00 €
Double Superior Room with lateral sea view 220,00 €
Dus Deluxe Room with sea view 240,00 €
Double Deluxe Room with sea view 270,00 €
Dus Junior Suite Marylin with sea view 255,00 €
Double Junior Suite Marylin with sea view 285,00 €
Dus Suite Sofia with sea view 285,00 €
Double Suite Sofia with sea view 315,00 €
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Via Partenope, 45
Via Chiaia, 216
Via Partenope 48
Hotel H Rooms Boutique in Naples*
Via Caracciolo, 11
Via Alabardieri, 38
B&B Cappella Vecchia 11
Vicolo Santa Maria Cappella Vecchia, 11
B&B La Dimora dei Baroni
via Caracciolo, 14
B&B Locanda del mare
via Caracciolo, 10
Megaride Santa Lucia B&B*
via Santa Lucia 29
Morelli 49 (B&B)
Via Domenico Morelli, 49
via Chiatamone, 55
Via Chiatamone, 37
B&B Santa Lucia 50*
Via Santa Lucia 50
GETTING AROUND NAPLES
Below you can find useful transport information for getting around the city of Naples.
There are different types of tickets (biglietti) for overground (buses, trams and funicular) and the underground (metropolitana).
Bus tickets should be bought at “Tabacchi” (tobacco shops) or newsstands; metro/train tickets directly at the relevant station.
Please remember to validate your ticket in the machine as you get on the bus.
- Single Journey: € 1,10
- Combined ticket (90 minutes): € 1,60 (unlimited bus travel + one metro journey within 90 minutes)
Most bus and trolley lines go to the main Garibaldi/Napoli Centrale railroad station, and many go past P.za Plebiscito (Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace , Opera House).
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 Piazza Amedeo, Mergellina and Fuorigrotta (San Paolo Stadium).
Naples also offers various funicular services to help you up the steep hills to the Vomero residential and shopping area. They leave from Piazza Amedeo and Via Toledo.
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 download the App Gira Napoli, for IOS and Android to see the lines, stops, waiting times, etc.
Naples is a fascinating place to visit with a hugely rich and colourful history, from Greek and Roman archaeological sites, gothic churches and medieval castles, to palaces, art galleries and museums. The city offers a lot to choose from. Below are just some of our suggestions.
Possible walking tours:
A) CENTRO STORICO – HISTORIC CENTRE
- Santa Chiara Cloisters
- The veiled Christ statue in the San Severo chapel;
- Via San Gregorio – the road where they sell the Christmas Nativity scenes which is a fully-blown artistic movement in Naples since 18th century;
- Napoli Sotterranea – a visit under the church of San Lorenzo into the bowels of the city where you can see layers of history Greek Roman Medieval and Modern day one on top of the other.
All churches in the Centro Storico are very interesting but the one showing the cult of the dead, with an underground cemetry and small altars where “unknown” skeletons with no family were adopted by members of the congregation is unusual, the Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco Church.
A walk in Posillipo down the hillside to see La Gaiola and the Grotta di Seijano – you need to take a bus (140) and then walk quite a lot but this combines a Roman Tunnel, a Roman Villa and stunning views of the area with a visit to a marine nature reserve where you could swim and canoe weather permitting.
A walk around the glamorous shopping streets of Via dei Mille, Piazza dei Martiri and Via Calabritto.
D) OUTSIDE NAPLES
In the suburbs of Naples there are also fantastic places you can visit; sites of cultural and historical interest or a day trip by the sea.
- Vesuvius and Pompeii
- A day on the stunning island of Capri, Ischia and Procida
- A day on the Amalfi coast visiting Positano, Amalfi, Ravello
You can reach Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ischia and Procida by hydrofoil (aliscafo) from the Molo Beverello Maritime Station at the foot of Piazza Municipio. Tickets can be purchased on a walk-up basis, though we recommend buying online in advance where possible. Multiple companies and boats depart each day about every 30 minutes, and the most reliable websites are:
You can reach Pozzuoli and the volcanic Campi Flegrei area (lakes and archeological sites like Cumae) by Cumana commuter train, that departs from Montesanto every 20 minutes.
Eating is a must in Naples, and you cannot go home without trying a real Neapolitan pizza, a pasta dish, and some of the delicious vegetable dishes called “contorni”. Also a crocchè di patate, a “Babà”, the local version of a giant Rum Babà, and a sfogliatella which is a crispy ricotta-filled pastry eaten warm.
Within walking distance of EMOOCs venue:
- Sorbillo pizzeria (Lievito madre al mare) on the seafront (Via Partenope, has the best pizza) or 50 kalò at Mergellina.
- Gusto&Gusto di Antonio&Antonio on the sea front (Via Partenope) has a varied menu and is reasonably-priced.
- Ristorante Umberto (Via Alabardieri 30/31) is a classic restaurant that serves fish as well as other things – good quality and reliable – not expensive but not cheap either.
Most good and reasonably-priced eating places are in the Centro Storico – the old part of town where most of the tourist attractions are too.
Best and most “neapolitan” pizzeria in the Centro Storico has to be Di Matteo on Via Tribunali, 94.
Great trattoria is La Campagnola on Via Tribunali, 47.
For pasta with ragù – the local equivalent of spag bol – the best place is Tandem.
In terms of street food, in the Centro Storico you should also try a Cuoppo – a bag of fried fish, a Frittata di maccaroni – a pasta omelette, there is a wonderful new place on Via Tribunali 73 called Giri di Pasta
Enjoy your stay!