In Milan students stay at the Residence Pola, just half a mile from Stazione Centrale, the city’s main train station. It’s a half-hour walk (or a five-stop subway ride) to Piazza del Duomo, at the very center of the city, and a six-stop subway ride to the Navigli district, famous for its restaurants and bars. All double rooms have a private bathroom, free wi-fi, TV, air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchenette. One-bedroom apartments are available if three students prefer to share it. In the building there is a laundry room with coin-operated washing machines and dryers. Click here for a map with shops in the area.
The residence is a five-minute walk to the subway station Gioia, then a ten-minute ride (on the M2 green-line) to station Romolo and IULM University, where classes are held. Click here for maps that show how to get to Gioia from Residence Pola and from Romolo to IULM.
For transportation to IULM and to other locations in the city it we’ll provide you with an ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) weekly pass (click here for more information).
Students have access to the IULM restaurant and cafeterias (open Monday through Friday but only for lunch). Use your prepaid card to lunch there.
As the program officially starts on Sunday, June 17, you must check in at Residence Pola on the previous day, Saturday the 16th. If you need to arrive on the 15th, please contact prof. Erspamer as soon as possible. We’ll move to Siena on Sunday, July 15.
The address of the residence is: Via Pola 4 – 20124 Milano – tel. +39 02 607 0351. Click here for the Google map of the area.
In Siena students are lodged in Il Refugio of the Collegio Santa Chiara, the collegiate residence of the University of Siena. Classes are held in the same building or in another building nearby. This beautiful building is in the historic center of the city—a eight-minute walk from Piazza del Campo. All double rooms have a private bathroom and free wi-fi connection. Students have access to the common areas of the Collegio, including a kitchenette, a computer room, a tea room, and the gardens. A washing machine is available; there are clothes lines in a drying room blow the roof. Rooms at the Collegio have been booked from Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, August 18.
Up to July 31, students have access to the two cafeterias of the Università di Siena: the mensa Bandini (Via Sallustio Bandini 47, open weekdays for lunch only, Monday through Friday, 12:00-2:30), and the S. Agata (Via Sant’Agata 1, open for dinner). Please do not go the cafeteria on Saturday or Sunday as your meals for those days were not budgeted. See below the maps to get to the cafeterias from the Refugio.
From August 1 to August 15 you will be able to eat only in mensa Bandini, which will be open both for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday. Mensa S. Agata will be closed in August.
To pay for you meals use the cards that you will receive at your arrival in Siena. Please understand that each time you are entitled only to a meal; any extra (including, say, a second fruit or a soda) will have to be paid by you).
The address of the Refugio is: Via del Refugio, 4 – 53100 Siena – tel. +39 0577 280 376. Click here to download a detailed map of Siena (the Refugio is very close to the Chiesa del Refugio, on the right edge of the map towards the bottom, below Porta Pìspini).
To get to mensa S. Agata:
To get to mensa Bandini: