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Fifth International Conference on Biofoams, 2015, Sorrento


The Biofoams Conference will be held at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Sorrento.

Sorrento (Neapolitan: Surriento) is a town and comune in Campania, southern Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri.
The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is a narrow road that threads along the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia. Sorrento's sea cliffs and luxury hotels have attracted notable people, including Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.
Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Wood craftsmanship is also developed.

Main sights

  • Amalfi Coast
  • Marina Grande, port of Sorrento
  • Marina Piccola, small port of Sorrento
  • Park of Villa communale with a view of the Gulf of Naples with the volcano Vesuvius
  • Piazza Tasso, central place in Sorrento
  • Museo della tarsia lignea (intarsia)
  • Museum Correale (Museo Correale di Terranova), museum with small archeologic department
  • Via San Cesareo, Sorrento's main shopping street


  • Cathedral of Sorrento (Santi Filippo e Giacomo Cathedral), from the 14th century with façade reconstructed in 1924. Built over time in different styles. Doors of the 11th century from Constantinople.
  • Church of Santi Felice e Baccolo
  • Roman ruins at the Punta del Capo


In order to get to the BIOFOAMS2015 Conference in Sorrento, different options that directly connect the Napoli Capodichino International Airport to Sorrento are available: bus (duration 1h 30m), train (duration 1h 10m, but starts from Naples city center), taxi and car rental.

The bus service (CURRERI) is the easiest way to get to the venue and the standard bus ticket costs 10.00€. The pick up stop is at the Departures entrance of the airport. The last departure of CURRERI buses from Capodichino Airport is at 19.30 (7.30 pm). Check the complete timetable.

CURRERI also can make available a 24h private transfer service to Sorrento for 1 to 3 persons at a cost of 80€  (check the CURRERI website for details).

Trains for Sorrento (Circumvesuviana) depart from Piazza Garibaldi in Naples, which can be reached by bus (Alibus, the onboard ticket costs 4€, 15 minute trip duration). The Circumvesuviana ticket to Sorrento costs 4.50€ and departures are usually every 30 minutes (check the complete timetable). The last departure from Piazza Garibaldi (€œNapoli Garibaldi€ station) is at 21.41 (9.41 pm) but it is recommended to avoid the last departure.
The taxi can be picked at the Arrival exit of the airport. Please consider that the taxi from Naples airport to Sorrento can be very expensive (up to around 160€, but ask before leaving the airport!).

Cars can be rent at the airport from a number of firms.

Important Dates:

September 10, 2015

Last day for guaranted and discounted rooms at Grand Hotel Vesuvio


September 10, 2015

The final deadline for the full paper submission


April 14, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: Expired
Those who wish to contribute a poster, please contact the Conference Secretariat

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