Travel Information

CITIES:
Sarno (track location) 
is a town and comune of Campania, Italy, in the province of Salerno, 30 km northeast from the city of Salerno and 40 km east from the city of Naples.

Naples
 (Italian: Napoli, meaning "new city") is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan.
The city, situated on the Gulf of Naples, on the western coast of Southern Italy is located halfway between two volcanic areas, the volcano Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields. The metropolitan area of Naples is the second most populated in Italy and one of the largest in all of Europe with around 3.8 million people. 

Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, with a wide range of culturally and historically significant sites nearby. It covers 1,700 hectars (4,200 acres) and encloses 27 centuries of history. There are 448 historical churches in the city of Naples.

The islands of Procida, Capri and Ischia can all be reached from Naples by hydrofoils and ferries. Sorrentor and the Amalfi Coast are situated south of the city, while the Roman ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae - which were destroyed in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD - are also visible nearby.

Sea level: 450 metres (1,480 ft).

Distance from track: 40 km


CLIMATE:
Naples has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The climate is a crossover between marine and continental features, as typical of peninsular Italy. The continental influence still ensures warm to hot temperatures, and Naples falls within the subtropical range with summer daily means of 23 °C (73 °F).
Average temperature during Grand Finals:
October brings an average temperature of around 18°C, which can reach a high of a very pleasant 22°C. The Mediterranean Sea is still at a very warm 23°C, with around 6 hours of sunshine per day on average. Evenings can drop to chilly levels with an average low of around 13°C.


CURRENCY:  Euro (EUR)


TIME ZONE: Central European Time (CET)


VISA INFORMATION: 
Italy is a Schengen Area Member State. Non EU nationals may enter Italy provided that they hold both a valid passport and, if required, an entry visa issued in their country of origin. For detailed information pls. ask your local embassy!


ELECTRICITY: 
Standard electrical voltage in Italy is 230 V / 50 Hz as opposed to the 110-120 V / 60 Hz North American standards. Thus, a transformer and adapter are needed for north american appliances as well as appliances from possible further foreign countries.

Power sockets (outlets) are of type F and L - European standard electrical socket types: Europlug and Schuko.

INTERNET & MOBILE NETWORKS:
In Italy there is a wide network of free WiFi-connections. But if you need a prepaid phonecard you can either order it online or buy it at the airport or some of the several mobile phone shops which are almost in every city. The operators in Italy are: TIM, Wind and Iliad (Italian brands) or Vodafone and "3" (Tre) which are international well-known brands. Please feel free to choose the best operator for your needs.

 
DRIVING IN ITALY:
Traffic travels on the right in Italy.

Speed limits in Italy are as follows:

Cities:  31 mph / 50 kph
Open Roads:  55 mph / 90 kph
Highways: 80 mph / 130 kph



Drivers without an EU driving licence are allowed to drive with an official translation or an International Drivers Permit (IDP) that accompanies the foreign licence. 

Furthermore, there are several legal regulations that apply for driving in Italy which also need to be fulfilled when driving rental cars. The driver is expected to carry a replacement tire and the respective tools needed, reflective vests for driver and passengers as well as warning triangles. The reflector vest must be worn by any person carrying out repairs when outside the vehicle and the vehicle is stationary on the road.

The warning triangle is mandatory, and it must be displayed on the road to warn oncoming drivers that your vehicle has problems. A replacement bulb set is also mandatory. First-aid kit is advised but not compulsory.

The usage of mobile devices is banned and if caught you will be heavily fined.


HOW TO COME THERE:

International flights: The nearest international airports to Sarno are Naples or Rome.
Naples is appr. 40 km away from Sarno and it takes about 35 min by car or 1 hour by train.
Rome is about 240 km north of Sarno. It takes 2 hours by car and about 3 hours by train.

Distance of kart track is located outside or Sarno, just 6 km from the city centre. There is no metro in Sarno and generally no easy accessability with public transport, so this option is not recommended.
We would recommend to take a rental car at your arrival airport.

Route from Airport Rome to Sarno (google maps) link

Route from Airport Naples to Sarno (google maps) link

MOUNT VESUVIUS

MOUNT VESUVIUS

Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples – about 9 km east of Naples , with a height of 1281 meters and a short distance from the shore. It is best known for its eruption in AD79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae as well as several other settlements. More than 1.000 people died in the eruption, but exact numbers are unknown. Pompeii was forgotten over the decades and discovered and indentified again in the 18th century.

Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3.000.000 people living nearby.
CUISINE

CUISINE

Naples is world-famous for the best pizza in Italy, which was invented by an unknown street baker many centuries ago.

The cuisine of Campania is naturally centered on fresh seafood brought in daily and the regional traditional recipes are simple but flavorful. Buffalo mozzarella started life in Campania over 1,000 years ago. Another well-known cheese are the Scamorza and Fiordilatte.

The city of pasta – Gragnano (a small town in the Naples metropolitan area) is renowned worldwide for having the best pasta in Italy. The region is also well known for sweet pastries. Flaky baked shells, called sfogliatelle, are filled with sweetened ricotta blended with candied fruit and spices. Pastiera napolitana is a pie served at Easter made from lemon and cinnamon flavored ricotta with candied fruit mixed in.

Stroll along the stunning Amalfi Coast and you’ll see stepped hillsides covered in lemon groves. Amalfi lemons are renowned for their wonderful flavor and aroma, wheter eaten or drunk in limoncello (liqueur).
POMPEII

POMPEII

Pompeii along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offers an unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried and providing an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants.

Pompei is an UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors annually.
AMALFI COAST

AMALFI COAST

The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens, coloured terrace houses, stunning views and azure sea. It is southeast of Naples starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno. The Amalfi coast is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

The coastal road along the Amalfi Coast is famous for its hairpin bends, fantastic views and general scariness. The busy artery winds along the cliffs, affording glimpses of blue sea directly below. The towns are all built at a very steep angle, so streets zigzag backwards and forwards along the slopes. Many buildings - including hotels - are only accessible by steep alleys and stairways.

There are 13 towns spreading across a strip of land kissed by the sun and declared by UNESCO “World Heritage Site”. Here you find infos to some of them:

Amalfi: The town that gives its name to the coast is situated at the mouth of the “Valle dei Mulini”. It was the first of the Four Maritime Republics of Italy and for a long time had the monopoly of trade with the East. It looks like a cluster of white houses clinging to the rock and connected to each other by covered alleys and stairways.

Atrani, a beautiful and charming town situated at the mouth of the Valle del Dragone, is a natural amphitheater on the sea, offering the visitor picturesque views as well as the pleasure to spend relaxing moments in the main square, away from the mass tourism and very close to the beach.

Conca dei Marini, a coastal village with a centuries-old maritime tradition, is a natural balcony overlooking the sea, surrounded by the Mediterranean vegetation and terraced gardens planted with "Sfusato Amalfitano" lemon groves.

Maiori, the ancient Reghinna Major, became the favorite setting of the Italian neo-realist director Roberto Rossellini after the Second World War. The wide promenade is bordered by the Norman Tower, on the East side, the marina and the charming Miramare Castle on the West side. In the old town center beautiful Neoclassical buildings coexist with ancient vaulted houses, representing the first settlement of the coastal town, built around the medieval fortress of Thoro-plano. Also interesting is the medieval Abbey of Santa Maria de Olearia, along the SS. 163 "Amalfitana".

Positano (as seen on the picture) is one of the best known places of the Amalfi coast for its picturesque staircases, whitewashed houses following the natural course of the mountain and creating a vertical landscape. Appreciated by International artists after the First World War, Positano is famous for its handmade leather sandals and cotton/linen clothes (the so called "Moda Positano"), for its beautiful XIX-XX century buildings in Mediterranean style and its postcard landscapes with the background of the tiled dome of the main church and Li Galli islands.

Ravello, already praised by the Italian poet Boccaccio in his Decameron, with its postcard landscape and noble atmosphere. Buen retiro for artists, it houses one of the oldest music festival in Italy, the Ravello Festival, which offers a new main theme every years, embracing all artistic disciplines.
In addition to religious buildings, many of which dating from the Medieval period, ancient palaces and noble mansions coexist with contemporary buildings, such as the Auditorium designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The view that you can enjoy from Villa Cimbrone Belvedere is really stunning and definitely one of the most famous in the world!

Tramonti, hilly town of the Amalfi coast, surrounded by the green and lush vegetation of the Lattari Mounts, consisting in chestnut trees and vineyards producing full-bodied wines (tintore wine), is the perfect place to enjoy the authentic flavors of local cuisine, in particular dairy products, bread and pizza prepared since the Middle Ages in rural ovens using rye, millet and barley flour, seasoned with lard and spices.

Vietri sul mare is the first town of the Amalfi coast coming from Salerno and worldwide famous for the production of bright colored artistic ceramic, documented since the XV century. In this town harmoniously coexist noble buildings with its richly decorated facades and the picturesque hilly villages of Raito and Albori where you can still enjoy an antique flavor atmosphere.
CULTURE

CULTURE

Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, with a wide range of culturally and historically significant sites nearby. It covers 1,700 hectars (4,200 acres) and encloses 27 centuries of history. There are 448 historical churches in the city of Naples.

Buildings, churches, streets, palaces, ancient fortresses and castles in the sea, as well as natural caves make Naples unforgettable in the minds of all travelers.
SHOPPING

SHOPPING

Lively markets are a great place to stroll around, full of atmosphere and Italian market banter. For more shopping, visit Piazza dei Martiri, along Via Chiaia, Via Roma and Via Calabritto.

The Galleria Umberto at Via San Carlo is definitely worth visiting, as much for its simply amazing architecture as for the many stores inside. This shopping centre in central Naples has a wide variety of retail outlets trading in the four glass-roofed arcades.
SALERNO

SALERNO

Salerno is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea and is the capital of the province with the same name. Human settlement at Salerno has a rich and vibrant past, dating back to pre-historic times. The site has been one of the most important and strategic ports on the Mediterranean sea, yielding a rich Greco-Roman heritage.

Salerno was the birthplace of the “Schola Medica Salernitana” in the ninth century, which was the most important source of medical information in Europe at the time and provided an important impulse to medical learning in Europe.

Distance to the track: 30 km
HOTEL

HOTEL

We have no pre-booked rooms this year. 

There are several cities about 30-40 min drive by car which are located near the sear, where you can look for rooms, like Salerno, Vietri sul Mare, Pompeii, Castellammare di Stabia or Torre Annunziata.

Feel free to search for the perfect spot for your stay!
 
 
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