The Old Bourbon Factory
This is where the history of the Italian railway began. On the 3 October 1839, in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Italy’s first railway track was inaugurated, stretching from Naples to Portici, the same route that runs by the museum today. A year later, a Royal Decree was issued for the purchase of the initial parcel of land on which the Pietrarsa complex would go on to be built. Ferdinand II had an ambitious goal in mind: to liberate his kingdom from the technological supremacy of England and France. The workshop was initially used to produce mechanical and pyrotechnical material to meet the requirements of the Italian Navy and the war effort, but later went on to build and repair locomotives and railway carriages. The very first locomotive made in Italy that was delivered to the Royal Railroads bore the factory’s name: Pietrarsa. The structure of the workshops was completed in 1853. This was the first industrial complex in Italy, preceding the founding of Breda and Fiat by 44 and 57 years respectively. Around 20 soldiers, 619 labourers and 40 prisoners worked there.
The Fondazione FS
On 31 March 2017, the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, inaugurated the completed architectural restoration of the entire National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa complex.
With an overall financial investment of around € 15 million, the large-scale project involved both the imposing nineteenth-century architecture of the pavilions and the sprawling outdoor spaces overlooking the sea of the Gulf of Naples. The works also included the refurbishment and installation of all the technological systems and made the rooms suitable for their intended functions and rendered the interiors of some vintage trains suitable for use. The restoration works were also extended to the surrounding area, with several urban and environmental projects supported by local organisations: a bicycle and pedestrian path was constructed along the coast,
hotel accommodation was improved, and the coastal strip was redeveloped.
The main works completed included: the complete restoration of the exhibition pavilions, new lighting systems, the overhaul of the stone paving in the outdoor spaces, the installation of a new glass wall on the promenade to provide visitors with an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Naples, the restoration of the nineteenth-century cast iron “Fiorenzuola” shelter, the rearrangement of the garden with the planting of new trees according to a design by the Portici Botanic Gardens and the Agricultural Sciences Museum of the University of Naples –Federico II
the restoration of the vintage shelter and building of the Pietrarsa railway stop, the restoration of the statue of Ferdinand II and the redevelopment of the conference area that included the remodelling of all the indoor spaces that hold events.
After 20 years of corrosion caused by the salt air and the lack of maintenance, attention was then turned to the extensive aesthetic restoration project for the vintage rolling stock.
With Fondazione FS Italiane, the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa has undergone a real renaissance: in 2016 it was visited by 65,000 people, an increase of 63% over 2015.
PIETRARSA CONVENTION CENTER
This new undertaking that the Fondazione FS has embarked on aims to make the Museum of Pietrarsa a real, modern cultural hub: it is the perfect location for various kinds of events and one of the biggest conference centres in Southern Italy, with the Steam Locomotive Pavilion able to take up to 1000 seats. Alongside these big events we also have many other ventures that enrich and extend what the space can offer, not least the fact that it is open late and on holidays. These additional ventures have allowed us to increase the attractiveness of the site, and combined with the extended opening days and times, have inspired new ways of using the spaces and identified the needs of tourists and locals, thereby allowing us to engage other areas of the public, beyond mere railway enthusiasts, without ever losing sight of the National Railway Museum’s primary focus.
HOW TO REACH US
The FS railway station for the museum is Pietrarsa – S. Giorgio a Cremano. You can purchase your travel ticket on www.trenitalia.com and at the ticket offices and from the self-service machines in the station. If you are coming from Napoli Centrale station, just go to the Napoli Piazza Garibaldi underground station and find the platform for Trenitalia metro line 2. Trains to Salerno or Torre A. Centrale/Castellammare stop at the museum.
Visitors coming from the A1 Roma Napoli: take the Napoli Centro exit – Via Marittima in the direction of Portici, at the end of Via San Giovanni a Teduccio, take the right onto Via Pietrarsa.
Visitors coming from Salerno on the A3 motorway, take the Ercolano – Bellavista or S. Giorgio a Cremano exit in the direction of Naples.Visitors can conveniently park their car in “Pietrarsa Parking”, a secure parking lot that is reserved for museum visitors at a discounted price. The parking area is on Via Pietrarsa, just 30 metres from the entrance to the museum.
On the ANM public bus: take bus no. 254 or 256 from Piazza Garibaldi in the direction of San Giorgio a Cremano. Take buses 157, 254, 255 or 256 in the direction of Portici from Via Marina/Viale Amerigo Vespucci, and get off at Napoli-Pietrarsa.
You can also get to the museum by taking a taxi right from Central Station, from the airport and from the city’s main hotels. The taxi fare is set by the Municipality of Naples, as the museum is within its territory, and is indicated by the meter. By leaving from certain areas of Naples, visitors can take advantage of set fares: from Napoli Centrale/ Piazza Garibaldi € 16, from the seafront € 22 and from Naples International Airport € 23.
For more information, please see the specific page on the Municipality of Naples' website.
The museum offers easy access for all disabled visitors or those with reduced mobility. To enter the museum, please call +39 081 472003 in advance (option 1 or 2) to book a special entry from the driveway gate, with a level crossing, overseen by station personnel.
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