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 and Julianne, 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 on his Italian cell phone, 345 591 3290. You may also call Residence Pola, 02 607 0351. Julianne’s cell phone number is 331 265 4081. Chiara’s cell phone number is 320 694 6554.
Although the program officially begins in the afternoon on Sunday, June 18, Residence Pola rooms are reserved for all students starting on Saturday, June 17. Orientation is on Monday.
If you do not have an international phone plan, as soon as possible after arriving in Milan you must purchase an Italian cell phone or an Italian SIM card for your American GSM-compatible cell. Click here for more information.
As soon as you arrive in Milan you must get an ATM electronic card (carta elettronica) and a student pass 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 17th and Sunday the 18th, Prof. Erspamer, Chiara, and Julianne 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 have or prefer to 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 open 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.
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, you may consider remaining for the night in the cities that we visited during our weekly trips (or nearby locations). In particular, on June 23 you could take a bus from Sirmione and get to Verona for an opera night at the Arena. On June 30 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 7. Do not hesitate to write to (or talk with) Prof. Erspamer, Chiara, or Julianne 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.