The ESPO Conference 2019 is taking place in Livorno. ESPO will be welcoming its guests in a smart city, well-known for its military architecture, culinary tradition and history. Designed as an “ideal town” during the Italian Renaissance when it was ruled by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany of the House of Medici, Livorno became the capital of religious tolerance in 1603 thanks to the “Leggi Livornine”, which established a well-regulated market, protecting merchant activities from crime and racketeering, and offered the right to public religious freedom and amnesty for people having to gain penance given by the clergy in order to conduct civil business.
Livorno, which can boast about its famous artists, like the composer Pietro Mascagni or the painters Giovanni Fattori and Amedeo Modigliani, is the most important port of the Northern Tyrrhenian Network and, which was established following the entry into force of the Legislative Decree of 4 August 2016, No. 169. Made up of six ports (Livorno, Piombino, Capraia Island, Portoferraio, Rio marina and Cavo), the System is a reference point in the Mediterranean Basin (over 42 million tons of cargo and 9 million passengers were handled last year).
Livorno is the main Italian port for forest products (more than 1.5 million tons of pulp paper, rolls, Kraft paper and lumber are handled every year), new cars (600.000 vehicles every year) and Ro/Ro traffic.
The proximity to the rich markets of Central and Northern Italy is its greatest strength, while the opportunities offered by the TEN-T network trans-European links, particularly in the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, place the North Tyrrhenian Hub on an International Trade scale.
Make sure you pin down the date in your agenda! The programme and further details will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.