The ESPO conference 2019 is taking place in Livorno. Espo will be welcoming its guests in a smart city, well known for its military architectures, and for its 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 in 1603 the capital of religious tolerance thanks to the “Leggi Livornine, that established a well-regulated market, protecting merchant activities from crime and racketeering, and  offered the right of public freedom of religion and amnesty to people having to gain penance given by clergy in order to conduct civil business.

Livorno, that can boast much in the way of artists, like the composer Pietro Mascagni or the painters Giovanni Fattori and Amedeo Modigliani, is the  most important port of the Northern Tyrrhenian Netowrk, established following the entry into force of the Legislative Decree 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 millions tons of cargo and 9millions of passengers were handled last year).

Livorno is the main italian port for forest products (more than 1.5 millions 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 strenght, while the opportunities offered by the TEN-T networks’ trans-European links, particulary in the Scndinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, place the Nort Tyrrhenian Hub on an International Trade.

Make sure you pin down the date in your agenda! The programme and further details will follow beginning of 2019. Stay tuned.

The president of the Northern Tyrrhenian Port Network System, Stefano Corsini (on the right) and his general secretary, Massimo Provinciali, welcome you in Livorno
The president of the Northern Tyrrhenian Port Network System, Stefano Corsini (on the right) and his general secretary, Massimo Provinciali, welcome you in Livorno