Amenities and News



  • 10/06 Added concert program.
  • 09/25 Participation to the companions event of October 14th must be confirmed by October 9th.
  • 09/21 Specified Poster dimension: 70cm (w) x 100cm (h).
  • 09/17 Added "News & Amenities" web page.
  • 09/17 Added new travel info.

Visit to Brescia, concert and aperitive (Wednesday, October 14th, Time: 16:30)
The entertainment of Wednesday evening will be offered by the Municipality of Brescia to all the participants.
The event agenda is:

  • 16:30 Departure from the Faculty of Engineering towards the Brescia old town.
  • 17:00 Visit to the three major squares of the city.
    • Piazza Loggia.
      Inaugurated in 1433, it is dominated by the magnificent Renaissance Palace of the Loggia, which nowadays hosts the town hall. The building of the Palace, which is adorned with splendid decorative sculptures in classical style, began in 1492. The upper part, designed by Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio, was completed in 1570. The south side of the square is occupied by the Monti di Pieta` (The Pawnbrokers): the Old Monte di Pieta` is linked to the New Monte di Pieta`, towards the east, by means of an arcade. The XVth- and XVIth-century fa�ades are set with inscribed Roman stonework, thus forming a remarkable "Lapidarium-museum". The Monti di Pieta` are joined to the building that was formerly a prison by an elegant Venetian-style loggia. The arcade extending along the east side of the square is surmounted by a building that incorporates the sixteenth-century mechanical Clock Tower, where two human figures strike the hour on a bell. A full twenty-four-hour day has been marked on the clock face. A memorial has been erected next to the fountain situated below the clock tower, to commemorate the victims of the bomb which exploded on 28 May 1974, during a trade union demonstration.
    Brescia - Piazza della Loggia
    • Piazza Paolo VI and the Rotonda.
      Formerly Piazza del Duomo. This square, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is the heart of the city; it contains important historical buildings which symbolize the city's concern with civil rights as well as its religious tradition. The palace of the Broletto, is the oldest municipal building in the city and was the centre of political life when Brescia was a city-state. Two of the most important Churches of the city overlook the square: The Duomo Nuovo and the Duomo Vecchio, or Rotonda. The latter, dating from the XIIth century, is a splendid example of a circular stone building from the Middle Ages and contains several works of art.
    Brescia - Piazza Paolo VI
    • Piazza del Foro.
      When Brescia was under Roman rule, this square was the centre both of religious and political life. The Capitolium Temple, prominently situated at the north end, had an arcade with a double order of columns, as can be seen from the remains of the arches on the former ground level. The Basilica (the law courts) was situated on the south side: remains of this edifice can be seen incorporated into the nearby houses in Piazza Labus. The magnificent Piazza del Foro was traversed by the �Decumanus Massimus� (nowadays Via dei Musei) which ran from Bergamo to Verona.
    Brescia - Piazza del Foro

  • 18:10 Welcome at the "S. Cristo" Church by the Brescia municipality.
    The church belongs to a monastic complex which was built at the end of the 15th century on the ruins of previous religious buildings overlooking the Roman Theatre. The plain brick fa�ade incorporates a marble portal decorated with bas-reliefs and the coat-of-arms of the Martinengo family, who partly financed its construction. On the ceiling there are still traces of the fresco of the �Annunciation� by Moretto. The interior consists of a single nave, richly adorned with 15th- and 16th- century frescoes. Situated next to the church is the convent, built around three cloisters; from the gallery of one of these cloisters a magnificent view of the city can be obtained. In the restored refectory, Romanino's fresco representing �The Last Supper�, transferred onto canvas, can be admired.
    Brescia - S. Cristo

  • 18:30 Concert at the "S. Cristo" Church. The concert program is available here .

  • 19:00 Aperitive in the closter of the "S. Cristo" Church.

  • 19:45 Departure to the Hotel (by bus).

Conference Dinner (Thursday, October 15th, Time: 18:30)

The conference dinner, sponsored by the Province of Brescia, will be at the "Ristorante HOSTARIA 1735", located within the "Villa Fenaroli", a splendid 18th century Villa. Built in 1735, the palace was home to the aristocratic families of Brescia - Avogadro and Fenaroli for at least four centuries. This stunning residence is now one of the most prestigious hotels and congress centres in North Italy. Located just outside Brescia, this national monument gives you the opportunity to be surrounded by art and history. The property's opulent interior of marble floors, long and spacious corridors, high ceilings, chandeliers and frescoes creates a palatial atmosphere.

Villa Fenaroli
Participants will enjoy a tour of the Villa and its surroundings, followed by the aperitive and the dinner.

A bus service to the Villa has been organized for conference attendees. It will leave from the Engineering Faculty at 18:30.

Additional banquet tickets may be bought until Wednesday at 10:00. For rates, look at the Registration web page.

Companions' visit to Brescia (Wednesday, October 14th, Time: in the morning)

A guided tour to S. Giulia is offered by the Municipality of Brescia to companions of conference participants. S. Giulia is the most important museum of the city. It is one of the most important complexes of the early middle ages in Northern Italy.

Note: it is strictly needed to confirm the participation at the event sending an email at the address: by Friday, October 9th.

The event will take place on Wednesday and the agenda is:

  • 9:30 Departure from the Faculty of Engineering towards the museum.
  • 10:00 Visit to S. Giulia.
  • 12:00 Bus to the hotel or suggestions for lunch, shopping and visit to Brescia downtown.

Some suggestions for companions

In order to visit Brescia surroundings, we suggest you to go to the railways station, which is also very near to the bus station. Starting from the faculty of Engineering, you can reach the railway station by means of the city bus line called "LAM 1". The bus route and timetable can be found here.

  • A trip to Verona.
    Verona, capital of the province of the same name, lies at the point where the River Adige emerges from the Alps into the north Italian plain. Verona is notable for its fine Romanesque churches (11th century), but is was also a considerable artistic center in the Renaissance period, particularly in the field of architecture. Among other attractions, you can see: the amphitheater (Arena di Verona), the "Loggia del Consiglio", the "Piazza dei Signori", the House of Giulietta and tombs of the Scaligers.
    More information can be found here.
    It is possible to reach Verona by train. A time table for the outward journey for october 17th can be found here. A time table for the return journey for october 17th can be found here. More informations about trains can be retrieved here.
  • A trip to Milan.
    Milan (Milano), capital of Lombardy and Italy's second largest city, lies in the northwest of the Po plain at the junction of several important traffic routes from the Alps. Milan is Italy's principal industrial center, its most important railroad junction and its leading banking and commercial city. It was one of the largest silk markets in Europe. Milan is a city of predominantly modern aspect. Even the old town center around the Piazza del Duomo, though it still has many narrow old streets, is traversed by wide arteries radiating in all directions. Among other attractions, tou can see: the Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), the Duomo, the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica), the Sant'Ambrogio Churc, the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci hosted at Santa Maria delle Grazie Churc. More information can be found here.
    It is possible to reach Milan by train. A time table for the outward journey for october 17th can be found here. A time table for the return journey for october 17th can be found here. More informations about trains can be retrieved here.
  • A trip to Sirmione - Garda Lake.
    Sirmione is located on the southern shores of Lake Garda, a pretty town near the end of a long peninsula jutting out into the lake from the Southern shoreline. Sirmione was became a Spa Town when in August 1889, a diver came from Venice to lay pipes on Lake Garda's clayish seabed. He was presumably more than a little surprised when a 70 degree sulphurous spring gushed out of the lakebed at him coming from the depths of the earth. Today, there are two Spa's in Sirmione, Terme di Catullo and Vergil. It is possible to reach Sirmione by bus. We suggest you to take the bus at the railway stop (Brescia Via XX Settembre). A time table can be found here.
  • Other trips during the week-end.
    It is easy to reach some other Italian cities from Brescia, like Venice, Florence or Rome. If you want to organize a trip, we can suggest you to contact this travel agency, located just behind the Faculty of Engineering: