Exhibitions and Fairs in Naples
While maintaining a significant turnover in the classic productive sectors of the province (agriculture, crafts and industry), in recent decades Naples has increasingly assumed an importance as a center for advanced services, trade, finance, administration and culture, thanks to Mostra d'Oltremare Exhibition Center.
Tourism is a major industry too, not only for the transit of tourists visiting Pompeii, the islands of Ischia and Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Naples is an international tourist destination for its special monumental, cultural and social heritage. The significant development of business tourism is related to the presence of the trade fair of Naples, the Mostra d'Oltremare, which has been redeveloped in the last twenty years: now it is in constant evolution, with a growth linked to the development of services following the progressive de-industrialization of the area.
How to get to Naples
The metropolitan area of Naples, is inhabited by over 3 million people, which helps making the city an important intersection point of highways, railways, airways and shipping. From Naples branch out three major highways: the Autostrada del Sole heading north, the A13 Napoli-Reggio Calabria to the south and the Autostrada dei due Mari, that links the city to Canosa, Apulia. The Napoli Centrale train station, in Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a passenger traffic of 50 million people a year. The Naples-Capodichino airport has a traffic of 6.2 million passengers, as many as the passengers transiting in the port of Naples (2011 statistics reports). The Mostra d'Oltremare is reachable by car via Naples bypass exits Fourigrotta and Agnano. By train from Campi Flegrei station in 5 minutes. By metro lines 2 and 6, stops Campi Flegrei and Mostra. By a dozen bus lines from Piazzale Tecchio.
Where to stay in Naples
In Naples, the hotel offer is 62 thousand beds in more than 880 hotels and residences. Most of these are 3 and 4 star hotels (about 600), while 5 stars are little more than a dozen. Luxury Hotels in Naples are available in different areas of the city: the Grand Hotel Parkers is in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, near the park of Villa Floridiana; Hotel Romeo is in Via Cristoforo Colombo near via Medina, popular shopping street; the Grand Hotel Vesuvio is in Via Partenope, overlooking the promontory Borgo Marinari, on which stands Castel dell'Ovo. Many 3 and 4 star hotels in Naples are, instead, in the area between Old Town near the University Federico II. The business hotels close to Naples Capodichino Airport are the ideal solution for those entering the city from the A1 motorway and for those who must go to the Management Centre in the district of Poggioreale. Many business hotels are also close to Mostra d'Oltremare, the trade fair of the city.
Naples shopping venues
The most famous shopping area in Naples is around Via Chiaia, close to Piazza del Plebiscito. A little further north you'll find the interesting Via Toledo, but the whole centre of Naples between via Medina and Corso Vittorio Emanuele is an excellent shopping area. Moreover, each district hosts its own shopping streets, but especially street markets, such as the markets of Fuorigrotta, Posillipo, and others, where you can enjoy some great purchases of clothing and footwear. Regarding the presence of restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias, you will be spoiled for choice. Naples' cuisine is one of the main reasons for visiting the city: meat and fish specialties are located everywhere in the old town and the area of Campi Flegrei. And of course, we cannot fail to mention pizza ... "na Pizza ca Pummarola 'n coppa" and the world smiles with you.
Pubs, bars, live music venues, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs ... having fun in Naples in the post-Fair hours is not a problem. The best advice, if you do not have a precise goal, is that of following the crowd, young people and tourists who punctually flock to the centre of Naples. Nightlife usually concentrates on the promenades of Mergellina and Pozzuoli, but also in some squares like Piazza S. Pasquale and, a little farther, Piazza Vanvitelli and Piazza Amedeo.
The Fiera del Baratto e dell'usato is the barter and second hand fair is dedicated to collectors and barter lovers where they can sell or buy used items. Moreover the recycling of used items, that were otherwise destined to be thrown away...