Napoli Metro line 1
Napoli Metro is much more than transport. The Neapolitan subway is famous as one of the city’s attractions for the artworks by artists and architects that you can explore while traveling around the city. You may have heard about the art stations in Naples. The mainline is the 1 with departure from Piazza Garibaldi and arrival at Piscinola.
- Metro Napoli line 1 Piazza Garibaldi Art Station
In Piazza Garibaldi there is the central station of Naples: from here you can take any national and local train. The original project is by Bruno Zevi, one of the greatest Italian architects and architecture critics. Recently, the French architect Dominique Perrault has modernized the station. Taking the subway, you can admire two works by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Anyway, you can see something from the original project by Zevi in the video of “Se telefonando” by Mina.
- Art station of Naples Metro, stop no. 2 Università
In this station, projected by the Egyptian designer Karim Rashid, you can see an artistic project moved by the will to explore all the words that the digital era brought: network, database, software, virtual…
- Toledo Art Station of Napoli Metro line 1
After University and Municipio there is the Toledo stop, probably the most famous of the art stations. In Toledo, it is possible to admire the Crater de Luz, a large cone from road level sinks to the sea one. The station also houses Relative Light, the work of Robert Wilson with thousands of blue LEDs that recall the sea. In Toledo, there are also the mosaics of Kentridge.
- Napoli Metro line 1, Dante station
This art station hosts artworks of many contemporary art masters: Carlo Alfano, Joseph Kosuth, JannisKounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nicola De Maria. Space is characterized by white glass panels and steel studs.
- Art station of Naples Metro, stop no. 5 Museo
This station, designed by the Italian architect and designer GaeAulenti, means to be a reference to the National Archaeological Museum, next to the Museo stop – actually, Museo means Museum! Among the many artworks, the atrium of the station hosts a fiberglass model of the Ercole Farnese. In Museo, you can see black and white photographs of the famous Italian photographer Mimmo Jodice too.
- Art station of Napoli Metro line 1, stop no. 6, Materdei
Materdeiis designed by Atelier Mendini: the project has contributed to the enrichment of the road level with many green spaces. The interiors of the station are covered in mosaics. The station is also characterized by a steel and colored glass spire.
- Art station of Naples Metro line 1, Salvator Rosa
The Salvator Rosa station, like the Materdeione, is designed by Atelier Mendini. Getting off to this stop you can admire works by Ernesto Tatafiore and Mimmo Palladino as well as the Pulcinella sculpture by Lello Esposito. Materdei and Salvator Rosa stations contributed to the actual redevelopment of the areas where they are situated.
- Naples Metro Line 1, Quattro Giornate stop
Quattro Giornate is the station whose name is dedicated to the days of Naples’s freedom from the Nazis. The artworks that you can see in there are inspired by this theme and they mostly are by Maurizio Cannavacciuolo.
- Art station of Naples, Vanvitelli
Vanvitelli is one of the art stations in the city in which you can see most artworks. Some of them are by Giulio Paolini – you can see one of his installations in the atrium. There, you can also admire a work by Mario Merz on the Fibonacci spiral. If you walk along the corridors, there are Vettor Pisani works and photographs of Naples architectures by Gabriele Basilico and Olivo Barbieri. In Vanvitelli there are mosaics too, by Isabella Ducrot. The stars next to the stairs are by Gilberto Zorio; the two cylinders that you can see at the intersection point of the stairs are by Gregorio Botta.
- Art station of Naples, Medaglie d’ Oro
As Piazza Garibaldi, the Medaglied’Oro station is also designed by one of the greatest Italian architects, Michele Capobianco with Daniele Zagaria. Although there are no outstanding artworks, it is one of the historic stations of Naples Metro and it is famous for its design: comfortable and functional.
- Art station of Napoli, Montedonzelli
Montedonzelli stop is in the Arenella district, between Vomero and Materdei. They all are quiet and residential areas. The station was inaugurated in 1993 but the true innovation happened in 2006 when it was equipped with another exit. What is special about Montendonzelli is its functionality. In fact, this is the only station equipped with a moving walkway and escalators. Even if there are no artworks inside, outside there are several garden areas.
- Napoli Metro Guide to line 1, Rione Alto
Rione Alto is one of the Naples metro stations that have many exits. From this stop, you can go to Via Giulio Palermo and take a lift in via Pasquale del Torto. Plus, you can go to via Mariano Semmola, via Domenico Fontana, and via Antonio D’Atona. Along the route that leads to Via Semmola you can see installations by Antonio Tammaro and Achille Cevole and works by artists such as DaivdTremlet, Giuseppe Zevola Bianco-Valente, Katharina Sieverding, and Marco Anelli.
- Napoli metro guide, line 1 stop no. 12, Montedonzelli
Like the station of Montedonzelli, also the Policlinico was opened in 1993. It is a station frequented by those who must go to the hospital area as well as all students of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy, and Biotechnology. The station is provided with an exit that leads inside a hospital in Naples (Cardarelli).
- Napoli metro line 1 stop no. 13 – Colli Aminei
Colli Aminei is the stop of Naples Metro that leads to the hilly area of the city. The station was designed by the architect Domenico Orlacchio. ColliAminei is frequented by a lot of young people because of all the schools and institutes in their neighborhoods. Moreover, this underground station also has a route that leads inside the Cardarelli hospital too. Another feature of the ColliAminei stop is that from there you can take several buses to go to other places in Naples.
Napoli Metro Line 2
Although the art stations are on the ones of line 1, line 2 also deserves to be considerate. Taking line 2, you can discover not only the city but also its surroundings.
- Giovanni Barra andGianturco are suburbs of the city. Despite their potential, they are rather abandoned.
- Piazza Garibaldi is the central station from which you can take both line 1 and line 2. Plus, from Piazza Garibaldi, you can take local and national trains and go to Capodichino Airport.
- Piazza Cavour is the Naples Metro stop close to the Botanical Garden, the Real AlbergodeiPoveri (a big building designed by architect Ferdinando Fuga) and the city’s archaeological museum, also known as MANN.
- The Montesanto station is in the historic center of the city and is close to the university area (near Montesanto you can see the new Architecture faculty). From this stop, you can take the Cumana, another kind of train that leads to places near the center, or the funicular to go to Vomero (near S. Elmo Castle).
- Piazza Amedeo is another stop of Naples Metro line 2 where you can get off to take another funicular that leads to Vomero or to go to the waterfront on foot.
- If you get off in Mergellina you can reach the city center on foot or take hydrofoils or ferries to the islands of the Gulf. Plus, the Mergellina stop is close to the funicular that leads to via Manzoni and Posillipo, scenic areas of the city. In the future, Mergellinayou will be also able to take the new line 6.
- Campi Flegrei is the stop that leads to places like the stadium and the Mostra d’Oltremare, a large fascist architectural complex that hosts events and meetings.
- The Bagnoli stop of Naples Metro line 2 leads to the “city of science”. If you get off to the last stop, Pozzuoli, you can see one of the most beautiful bays of the Gulf or see the famous archaeological area. In Pozzuoli, there is and another port through which to go to the islands of the Gulf of Naples.