Milan and Siena 2020

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Upon arrival

In Milan you will be staying at the Residence Zara, via Zara 1, 0.8 miles from Stazione Centrale (Milan’s main train station) and two miles from Piazza del Duomo, the very center of the city. Click here for information on how to get to the residence from Malpensa or Linate airports or from the train station. Please note that the closest farmacie (pharmacies) are Farmacia Castoldi (va three-minute walk; the closest supermarkets are Esselunga (v) and Carrefour (), a ten-minute walk); and the closest subway stations are Zara (M3 yellow line and M5 purple line, a five-minute walk), Isola (M5, a four-minute walk), and Gioia (M2 green line; 11-minute walk). There are several trattorie, pizzerie, and rosticcerie in the area, including including Pizzeria Assaje (no plastic), Trattoria Caprese, restaurant La Rotonda di Segrino, and Ristorante Borsieri 39.

In case of any problem, call Prof. Erspamer or a TA. You may also call Residence Zara, +39 02 668 191.

As the program officially begins on Wednesday, June 17, Residence Zara’s rooms are reserved starting on Monday, June 15.

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 smartphone. Click here for more information. The closest stores where you can purchase an Italian SIM and plan are TIM, Vodafone, or Wind, all in Milano Centrale station.

As soon as you arrive in Milan we will purchase together 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 Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th, we will help you obtain the card and 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 Zara (Domanda di rilascio della tessera elettronica).

You may consider remaining for the night in some of the cities that we will visit during some of our weekly trips and then spend the weekend in nearby locations. In particular, in the evening of July 10 you could remain 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 or Bolzano on June 26. On July 31 you could remain in Lucca and the next day visit Pisa or Cinque Terre. Do not hesitate to write to (or talk with) Prof. Erspamer or a TA for suggestions and further information. Please note that the dates of our trips could change. Please understand that weekends are also meant for resting, visiting Milan and Siena, and studying. It is not a good idea to take trip on every weekend or travel too far.
You must inform Prof. Erspamer of any trip that you plan and of any night that you decide not to spend in our residences or outside of Milan and Siena. If you travel outside of Italy you must obtain Prof. Erspamer’s permission beforehand. You can travel on every weekend with the exception of June 20 and 21 and of course August 15 and 16.
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.