TIGEM is presently located in the upper town quarters of Naples, halfway between the hospital complexes (where also the Medical School of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II is located) and the city centre down town. The Institute is hosted by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is part of a science and technology research complex that is also home to the CNR’s Institutes of Genetics and Biophysics (IGB) and of Protein Biochemistry (IBP).
Since its establishment, the Institute has grown considerably. It now consists of a large fully refurbished 2200m2 site and comprises 12 independent research groups with roughly 200 members including graduate students, post-doc fellows, technicians and administration.
A hop away from both the hospital complexes and the academia is also behind TIGEM’s success, by favouring fruitful collaborations and/or training programmes with the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, and the Cardarelli Hospital, among others.
Travel by Train
If you arrive in Naples by train you will most probably arrive at the Stazione Centrale (ground platform) or at Piazza Garibaldi (underground platform). However, you could also arrive (less probable) at Mergellina or Campi Flegrei.
The easiest way to get to TIGEM is by taxi. Taxi stations are at the exit to all train stations (follow the flow of people for the exit!) with the exception of Piazza Garibaldi where you must reach the ground platform (Stazione Centrale) and from there exit towards the taxi station. Depending on traffic, it should take about 30 minutes to reach the Institute from the Stazione Centrale or Mergellina and 15 minutes from Campi Flegrei and fares should not exceed € 15. Make sure the taxi driver turns the meter on once you are seated and ready to leave, if not ask him to turn it on. Additional costs can be charged depending on the amount of luggage, and time of day (night fares are more expensive).
If you don’t feel you’re up or in the mood for the hustle and bustle (and hooting!) of Neapolitan traffic, you can always opt for public transport. A one-way ticket lasts 90 minutes and costs € 1.60. These tickets can be used on any kind of public transport (buses, funiculars, metros) and can be bought at newspapers stalls, tobacconists, automatic ticket dispensers at the entrance to the stations, some bars. Tickets must always be validated, directly on the bus or, in the case of funiculars and metros, at the entrance to the stations.
The easiest way to get to TIGEM by public transport from any of the aforementioned train stations is by metro (see below for details from each station).
From Piazza Garibaldi to TIGEM
If your train arrives at the Stazione Centrale reach the underground platform (Piazza Garibaldi). You want a “Pozzuoli” train (subway line 2) that departs roughly every 10 minutes from the underground platform. Get off at the first stop (Piazza Cavour) and do not exit the station but follow the indications (moving walkway) for subway line 1. You are now at Museo station and want a “Piscinola” train (subway line 1) that passes every 10 minutes. Get off at Montedonzelli station (6 stops) and follow the indications (or flow of people) to the exit to the station. Outside the station, turn left to get to the main street (Via P. Castellino) and then right. Follow the road downhill for about 100 metres till you get to the entrance gate of the CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). Enter the gate and turn right following the road downhill. At the bottom of the slope turn left and cross an alleyway. You should now find TIGEM just in front of you.
From Mergellina or Campi Flegrei to TIGEM
In both cases, you want a “Piazza Garibaldi” train (subway line 2) that departs roughly every 10 minutes. Get off at Piazza Cavour (5 stops from Campi Flegrei, 3 stops from Mergellina) and follow the same indications described above.
Travel by Plane
If you arrive in Naples by plane you will arrive at Capodichino International Airport. Again, you can either take a taxi or use public transport to get to TIGEM.
The taxi station is just outside the Arrivals concourse. Depending on traffic, it should take about 20 minutes from the airport to the Institute and the cost should not exceed € 20 (see also precautions described in travelling by train).
Getting to TIGEM from the airport via public transport is still quite hazardous and we don’t advise you to do it. However, it is easier than the past and definitely the cheapest way to get to the city centre.
The airport shuttle bus named “Alibus”, which takes you to the city centre (Piazza Garibaldi), departs in front of the Arrivals concourse every 20 minutes. The ticket costs € 3.00 and lasts 90 minutes. It can be bought in the airport (bars, tobacconists etc.) or even directly on the bus.
From Piazza Garibaldi to TIGEM follow the indications given in travelling by train.