Unimore, university of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, is an historical athenaeum, that is the centre of cultural life of Emilia-Romagna region since 1175. Reggio-Emilia is distant 40 minutes by car from Modena, and Modena, where you can find most of the faculties of Unimore, is distant 1 hour by car from Bologna, the chief town of the region. The seat of medicine faculty is located within the complex of the general hospital of the city. The “Policlinico” hospital is located in a central position, not to far from the historical downtown. It takes 15 minutes to get there by public transport from the central train station.
The Policlinico Universitario is a big Hospital, made of new and old building all connected together. It covers an area of 160,000 square meters and it has 765 beds (updated on 03/09/08...now we think they're much more!). In the last 10 years new locations for students were built up: you'll have the pleasure to visit Service Center and the Medical Library, where you can have an internet access and you can find your SISM friends rotting on their books...you know how it works, you're medical students too!
Some of the department that you can attend as student (such as Neurology or Endocrinology) are located in the New Civil Hospital. It is something like 8 km outside Modena in Baggiovara. But don't worry, you don't have to go there by bicycle! There's Gigetto! The little train! It can bring you fron the "Little train station" (that's in the middle between the residence and the Policlinico) directly in front of the New Civil Hospital.
Departments...which one shall I choose?! We can only give you some advice on our experience as student, because Modena is a very young Local Committee and we have just had 3 student last year! Basicly almost every department is open to the exchange students: we just wait for your AF and then we're going to ask if you can go or not, starting from your firs choice, of course.
While you're in Modena you're going to stay at "San Filippo Neri" University Residence, that's about 15-20 minutes by bicycle from the Hospital. It's well-served by cycle-track and ever by bus! You will stay basicly in a double room with another student (same sex!) and you'll have your own bathroom. In each Floor there is a common kitchen and a laundry room (they have BIG washing mashine!) , where you can wash your clothes for 1 euro. There's also Internet service (bring your own connection cable...there is no wi-fi) on the first floor, TV room and a self service restaurant downstairs. Please bring with you your own towels; the sheets are given for free and clean once a week.
The easiest way to reach Modena from foreign countries is to take a flight to “Marconi” airport of Bologna, and take a train to cover the journey to Modena. There's also a Bus Service that can bring you directly from the airport to Modena Little Station or to Modena Bus Station. Just ask when you'll be at the airport. When you will arrive to the Central Station or to the Little Station or even to the Bus station we normally come to pick you by car directly. Just let us know!
The easiest way to move in the city is by public transport, in particular bus. A normal ticket that is valid for one hour of travel costs 1 euro, but you can do an all-day ticket that costs 2 euro. Besides there are monthly subscriptions that allow you to economize a considerable amount. Moreover the bus is quick and useful because connect city-centre with the university, and, no underestimate, saves you to from looking for a parking!!Taxi are good for extraordinary situation, but not ordinary, because are very expensive. Finally don't remember the bike...it's always the best choice with a clement weather...:)
Just to let you know the most beautiful place IN the city… here they are:
Duomo e Piazza Grande (the Cathedral and the Central Square)Torre della Ghirlandina (Ghirlandina’s Tower), keep hoping that the renovations have come to an end on time!Chiesa si Santa Maria della Pomposa (Pomposa’s Santa Maria’s Church)Palazzo Ducale e Giardino Ducale (Ducal Palace&Garden)Mercato Albinelli (Albinelli Market)Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti (Luciano Pavarotti Municipal Theatre)Teatro Storchi (Storchi Theatre)…ok ok…Translations are HORRIBLE but if you’re coming here you can learn the right names even in Modena’s dialect!
We have a lot of other nice places to visit around Modena, such as the Ferrari Museum, Vignola City, trips to the Hills and much more. Modena is also in a strategic location in Northern Italy and from here you can easily reach Milan, Florence, Venice, Verona, Parma and Bologna… You can go almost everywhere you want!
Of course in Modena you'll not find something like the Louvre or the National Gallery or whatever...but anyway we have some nice museums, that you can visit in the few rainy days (hoping that they will be few for real!).
Civic MuseumCathedral MuseumAnatomy MuseumZoology and Compared Anatomy MuseumCigarette Card MuseumFerrari Museum (outside Modena, in Maranello of course!)...and these are only the most important!
From 17th 'till 19th of September in Modena, Carpi and Sassuolo you can be part of the Philosophy Festival. Some more information at the link: http://www.festivalfilosofia.it/2010