Brescia is a city in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, with a population of around 200,000 people. It is the second largest city in Lombardy, after the capital, Milan.
Brescia is called "the Lioness of Italy" after ten days of popular uprising that took place in the city in the spring of 1849 against Austrian oppression.
The ancient city of Brixia has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times and a number of Roman and medieval monuments are preserved, among which is the prominent castle.
The history of the "Spedali Civili" has origins dating back to the fifteenth century and is closely intertwined with that of the city of Brescia.
The "Spedali Civili" in fact derived from 'Hospitale et unum magnum Universal' formed in 1427 to bring together in one structure the many institutions that dealt with assisting the sick and indigent; institutions whose symbolic references are found in the arms, still used as a logo company. The name "Spedali Civili" Brescia says to the 800, the hospital is at once located in the city center. Early 900, however, insufficient local to the needs expressed by citizens, requires the construction of a new functional and modern hospital which work began in 1938. The project is innovative, because - for the first time - combine the features of the old hospital is divided into pavilions with the latest facilities to block. The new hospital will be inaugurated until December 10, 1950, due to considerable delays occurred during the Second World War. In 1953 the old hospital is finally disposed of and all departments are placed in the new location. The following decades are characterized by many measures, designed to expand and adapt to the needs of the hospital citizenship: the construction of Satellite Hospital, begun in 1966 and completed in 1972 and the construction of the Pavilion Infectious 1976.
In 2015 the Spedali Civili ranked as the best public hospital in Italy.
The estimated number of Research exchanges is 3 per year and the avaiable projects are:
- Aging and chronutrition: the role of antioxidants, anatomy lab;
- Platelet preparations and oligoelements in tissue regeneration, anatomy lab;
- Updating invasive fugal infections in patients undergoing allogenic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT), hematology lab;
- Dimerization of dopamine D3 and acetylcholine nicotinic receptors in the regulation of dopaminergic neurons function: relevance for neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease, pharmacology lab.
The research work takes minimum 5 hours per day and it will be supervised by a tutor, who usually is a doctor working on the research project or the Professor of the Department himself.
Almost all of the projects are comprehensive of lab work .
Each project requires some specific knowledge and preparation.
For more informations check out the research projects in the database at this link: http://exchange.ifmsa.org/exchange/score/explore/projects
Breakfast and one meal (lunch or dinner) is included during the working days (5 days every week, from Monday to Friday), only breakfast on Saturday will be served at the Convitto’s canteen. You will receive precise indications about the meal plan at your arrival.
There are some restaurants and pizzeria few meters far away where you can eat during the weekends.
In the last few years our incomings have been hosted at the students residence “Convitto Vescovile San Giorgio”, a Catholic institute very pleased to welcome our students from all around the world.
The location is perfect: 15 mins walking from the city centre and 15 mins walking to reach the hospital and university. In front of the residence there is a bike-sharing station if you will decide to join the service offered by our town. In addition, the underground station is just 5-10 mins by feet, so very comfortable when you will be in a hurry to go to the railway station.
Near the Convitto you will find whatever you need during your stay: supermarket 24/7, pharmacy, post office, bars, lots of shops.
The institute is a modern building, offering lots of facilities:
- daily reception service with English speaking staff
- common hall with free WI-FI connection
- 2 reading rooms
- chillin’ out area, where you can find vending machines, a billiard table, a football table and a ping pong table
- Tv room with wide screen TV
- little kitchen/dining room with a fridge to share with all the other guests and a microwave oven (there is no possibility to cook)
- canteen, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
- laundry room
- outside: volleyball and football field
The guests will have the possibility to use all these services for free.
The students will stay in very comfortable double bedrooms, equipped with single beds, a personal wardrobe, a desk for each one and a private bathroom. Boys and girls will be matched separately. Each guest will have a free WI-FI connection also in bedrooms.
If you want to have a look at the pics, here is the website link http://www.convittosangiorgio.it/struttura-servizi/
We can’t assure the availability of this structure in time for your Application Form. There is the possibility that the location will change but it will be notified about 2 months before your arrival in Brescia.
The city of Brescia offers you many types of transportations:
- Bus: Brescia has a 17 lines bus service with which you can easily reach any place in town. Very useful for you is line 10. In fact, there is a stop 150 meters from the hostel and in 5/7 minutes you can get to the hospital. With the same line you can also get to the railway station in 10/15 minutes
- Train: Brescia Railway station is one of the most important and well-linked in the north-east of Lombardy. From here you can reach the most important ad historical cities of north and central Italy. With high speed trains you can reach cities as Turin, Milan, Verona, Padua, Venice, Trieste, Bologna, Florence, Rome within 3/4 hours. With regional railways, that is cheaper but slower, you can also reach important and historical cities as Milan (1h and 10 minutes), Verona (1h), Bergamo (50 minutes), Parma (1h and 50 minutes),...
- Taxi: as every city, Brescia has a taxi service, but it isn’t very cheap.
- Subway: the subway has one line (Prealpino - Sant’Eufemia Buffalora). It’s useful if you want to reach the centre of the city (station “Vittoria”), the hospital (station “Ospedale”) or the railway and bus station (station “Stazione FS) in a few minutes . From the student hostel the nearest stations are “Marconi” and “San Faustino”, 700m approximately.
- Bicimia: Bicimia is an automatic free bike rental system. You can pick up a bike from the 73 points placed in the city and use it to move through the city. Bike can be returned in a different point than where it was taken. There are points in front of the student hostel and hospital too.
- Airports: Brescia hasn’t got its own airport. However, it is well linked with the most important airports of the north of Italy.
- Milano-Bergamo International Airport: connected with bus, travelling time about 50 minutes
- Verona International Airport: connected with bus, travelling time about 50 minutes
- Milano-Malpensa International Airport: connected with regional railways. From Malpensa to Brescia you have to catch the Malpensa Express to Milano Centrale first and then the train to Brescia, viceversa if you want to go from Brescia to the airport. Travelling time is about 2 hours and half
- Milano-Linate International Airport: connected with bus and regional railway s. From Linate to Brescia you have to get on a bus to Milano Centrale first and then the train to Brescia, Viceversa if you want to go from Brescia to the airport. Travelling time is about 2 hours and half.
Brescia combines the efficiency of a modern town with the attractions of a historic city full of art treasures and offers the visitor the pleasure of strolling through a fascinating urban setting which reveals its past history.
Brescia has one of the major museum complexes in Italy: Santa Giulia - the City Museum with 12,000 sq.m. of exhibition space - which was opened to the public in 1999 and since 2011 it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for the serial site Longobards in Italy.
The city has a lot of wonderful squares: Piazza Duomo that contains important historical buildings which symbolize the city's concern with civil rights as well as its religious tradition; Piazza Vittoria with the Post Office building and the brick Torrione (high tower) with its imitation loggias that dominate the square; Piazza Loggia that is the most beautiful square in Brescia, it is dominated by the magnificent Renaissance Palace of the Loggia, nowadays the town hall.
On the Castle hill: the hill with its wonderful view over the whole city, has represented the most important element in the town's history from the time of the first settlements in the Bronze age up until the eve of the XX century.
The castle is called the "Falcon of Italy" because of its position on the summit of the hill, where it overlooks the city from above. .The Castle and hill together have always been an integral part of the city. Nowadays, "going up to the Castle" means not only visiting the massive fortifications of the stronghold but also strolling in the spacious gardens within the walls or along the shady roads leading to the top of Cidneo hill.
Brescia also boasts monuments such as the Tempio Capitolino, the Complesso di Santa Giulia, the Duomo Vecchio and the Duomo Nuovo, the Broletto, and the Teatro Grande.
In the Province of Brescia, nature lovers can enjoy an excursion to Valcamonica aboard a small train that snakes its way through Medieval villages and on to the Val Trompia, in the shadow of pristine mountains. This is an ideal location for sports enthusiasts and for those who simply wish to relax at spa resorts like those in Boario, Sirmione, Limone sul Garda.
Franciacorta, for instance, can be explored by car, bike or motorbike; experience its multi-colored scenery, its rolling hills from Brescia to Lake Iseo, and the ancient abbeys, palaces, castles, monuments and villas. Not only, but its prestigious wineries demonstrate how the exquisite and world-renowned sparkling wine of Franciacorta is made.
In the end, the cuisine of the Province of Brescia is both traditional and modern at the same time, and even varies depending on the location. The area surrounding the lake district is renowned for its fish dishes , cooked in every imaginable way.
In the mountains, pasta dishes are made with aromatic herbs and different types of cheese, such as the tasty Bagoss.
In the area south of Brescia, where animal cultivation and hunting are traditional, the sausages are excellent.
Don't miss the chance to try the Pirlo, a typical alcoholic drink from Brescia, perfect for the aperitivo (little consumption of food and drink consumed prior to a meal with the intention of stimulating the appetite).