Garibaldi Square - Naples
The main railway station of Naples is located next to the central Garibaldi Square, and it is the sixth largest station in Italy in terms of passenger flow with an annual ridership of 50 million.
- 137K passengers per day
- 50 million people per year
- 390 trains per day
- 2500mq square meters of retail space
As a born and raised Neapolitan, I am really proud of the giant step we have made in the last few years with our city's railway station. When I was a kid, you didn't always feel safe walking into the station. Now, the fine decor and the elegant stores are encouraging and make you want to stay.
During the years there were several renovations to the original building. In the lobby, the so'called "Diamond Service Area" is now in place. It's an area that lets natural light into the station. And on the outside, the columns that once formed the external arcade have been replaced and moved to other locations throughout the city.
A brief history
The first railroad was built in 1866 following a new Renaissance and thanks to the architect Enrico Alvino. At the beginning of the 1960s, the 19th century station was demolished and construction began on the new station. The inauguration took place in 1966 and showed an innovative project, with rational forms and a futuristic layout. The renovation also resulted in a complete improvement of the adjacent area.
Thanks to the modern layout of the station, such as the pyramids and the roof’s triangular motifs, several popular movies and video clips were filmed inside the station. One of the most famous was the video clip by the Italian singer Mina where she was singing the song “Se telefonando” in the middle of the pyramids.
In recent years there were other renovations that made the structure an upscale destination for shopping and cultural events and at the same time was developed a modern security system trough CCTV active 24/7.