In Milan you will be staying at the Residence Pola, Via Pola 4, not far from Stazione Centrale, Milan’s main train station. Click here for information on how to get to Residence Pola from Malpensa or Linate airports or from the train station. If you arrive at the residence before Prof. Erspamer, Amelia, Chris, and Corrado, this is a map of the residence’s surrounding area, including information about nearby groceries, pharmacies, pizzerie, and gelaterie. In case of any problem, call Prof. Erspamer, Amelia, Chris, or Corrado on their cell phones. You may also call Residence Pola, +39 02 607 0351.
Although the program officially begins in the afternoon on Sunday, June 17, Residence Pola rooms are reserved for all students starting on Saturday, June 16. Orientation is on Monday.
If you do not have an international phone plan or you want to save on local and international calls, as soon as possible after arriving in Milan purchase an Italian SIM card for your American GSM-compatible cell. Click here for more information. On Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th, we will help you purchase the SIM at the Negozio TIM in Stazione Centrale, close to Residence Pola. You must bring with you your passport.
As soon as you arrive in Milan you will get an ATM electronic card (carta elettronica) that will allow you unlimited rides on buses and subway trains within the city limits. (Please note that, in Milan, ATM means “Azienda Trasporti Milanesi,” the equivalent of Boston’s MBTA, and not “automatic teller machine”).
On Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th, we will help you obtain the card and will pay for it. You must bring with you your passport, a passport photo, and the form that you received at the pre-departure meeting or that you found at Residence Pola (Domanda di rilascio della tessera elettronica).
If you arrive earlier in Milan, you may purchase the card by yourself. You must go to an ATM Point, that is, the ticket office (biglietteria) of one of the main subway stations—Centrale Station, Duomo, and Cadorna. Centrale is very close to the Residence Pola. These ATM Points are during week days and also on Saturday, 7:45 AM-8:00 PM, and Sunday, 10:15 AM-1:15 PM and 2:00 PM- 5:30 PM. If you don’t have the form you will be able to get another one there. The electronic card itself costs €10, then you’ll pay €44.00 for unlimited urban travel in the months of June and July. You must specify that you are a student and prove that you are younger than 26. Please keep the receipts and bring them to Prof. Erspamer: we’ll reimburse you for the cost of the card and of the monthly passes, up to € 54.00. Again, you must ask for an electronic card (tessera elettronica) with a monthly student pass (abbonamento urbano mensile per studenti) for the months of June and July.
Click here if you want to know which are the best places where to run in Milan.
If you plan to spend your weekends visiting other Italian places in Northern Italy, it is advisable to purchase train o bus tickets beforehand to take advantage of economy fares. You may also consider remaining for the night in the cities that we visited during our weekly trips (or nearby locations). In particular, on June 22 you could take a bus from Sirmione and get to Verona for an opera night at the Arena. On June 29 you could stay in Vicenza and the next morning take a train to Venice (a 45 minute ride; the one-way ticket is € 6.10). If you like the mountains, you could spend the night in Trento on July 6. Do not hesitate to write to (or talk with) Prof. Erspamer, Amelia, Chris, or Corrado for suggestions and further information.
You must inform Prof. Erspamer of any trip that you plan and of any night that you decide to spend outside of Milan and Siena. If you travel outside of Italy you must obtain his permission beforehand. You can travel on every weekend with the exception of July 14 and 15, when we will have a trip and then move to Siena.
Click here for more information about transportation in Italy.
Check these pages for suggested trips from Milan or for interesting events taking place in Italy during our stay.