Turin, the city that hosted the first Universiade 60 years ago, in 1959, is the chosen location for the Torch Ignition Ceremony: a solemn event taking place in the University of Turin, where the journey to Napoli 2019 will begin.
The second stage of Napoli 2019 Torch Relay will be a meaningful and exciting moment, as it will take place in Lausanne, home of FISU headquarters, on June 6th.
After Lausanne, the Torch will reach Milan on June 10th and will be displayed in “Spazio Campania”- the new Campania Region’s exhibition area located in Piazza Fontana – where it will serve as a backdrop for meetings and events related to sports, culture and economic growth promoted by Campania Region.
On June 11th, the Torch will reach Assisi, which received the oil to illuminate the Tomb of St. Francis from Campania Region. The Flame will stop at the Saint’s Tomb to underline the importance of the city as an interfaith hub.
Leaving Assisi, the Torch will reach Rome on June 12th, passing through Vatican City to pay tribute to the Holy Father and receive his blessing.
After Rome, the Torch will arrive in Matera, a little jewel in the South of Italy, UNESCO World Heritage and 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Leaving Matera, on June 22nd the Torch will arrive in Campania to begin a “tour inside a tour” of the five provinces, starting from Avellino, the first out of five cities that will host the Universiade.
The Torch will continue its journey through History by stopping in Benevento, the ancient land of the Samnites, the Romans and the Lombards.
Continuing its tour among the beauties of Campania, the Torch will arrive in one of the most beautiful palaces in the world: the Royal Palace of Caserta, also known as the “Italian Versailles”.
Before arriving in Naples, the Torch will stop in Salerno, traveling along the city’s beautiful promenade to reach the ancient cathedral.
The journey of the Torch will conclude in Naples, home of the 30th Summer Universiade, travelling along the city’s promenade, with Mount Vesuvius and Castel dell’Ovo as a backdrop. During its Neapolitan tour, the Torch will also stop at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Cerimonia d’apertura, Stadio San Paolo – Ore 21.00