Pavia is a small town in Lombardy, 35 km south of Milan. Since Roman times it has played a central role in the historic, artistic and cultural life of northern Italy. It was in fact the capital of the Kingdom of Italy through the Middle Ages, and the seat of one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities, where the likes of Alessandro Volta, Ugo Foscolo, and Camillo Golgi have taught. It still conserves many artistic and cultural treasures, like the San Michele Maggiore basilica, where in 1155 Frederick Barbarossa was crowned King of Italy, or the San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro basilica, hosting the tombs of St Augustine of Hippo, King Liutprand, and Boethius. Among its landmarks a medieval castle and a Certosa built by the Visconti family in the XIV century, the central university building and historical colleges like the XVI century Borromeo and Ghislieri, and a covered bridge on the Ticino river. Pavia remains a major Italian college town, with its historical colleges and University, but also new institutions, like the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia.
You can find more information on the city of Pavia and its many activities in this website.
IUSS (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori) was founded in 1997, following the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa model. It is aimed at graduate and post-graduate training for the highest quality students, in synergy with the University of Pavia and its Colleges, as well as at leading-edge research, in collaboration with international academic and research institutions. IUSS Pavia has recently accomplished a process of "federation" with the other Italian school for advanced studies open also to undergraduate students, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa.
Since 2012 the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia has elected the Broletto palace as its main seat. Located in the central square of Pavia, attached to its cathedral, the Broletto palace was originally built in the 12th century as bishop’s quarter and later became the city hall. A careful restauration offers now the palace in all its grandeur, especially the frescoed 'Stanza del Camino', with the popular statue 'Madonna del Broletto', where the EXTraS workshop will be hosted.
We arranged block reservations in 2 hotels located in front of the Pavia railway station, within walking distance from IUSS and the city centre. Please contact hotels by phone or email to get the conference special rate and reservation from the block booking.
Hotel Moderno, 4 stars, website
Double room: 145 euro/night, double room single use: 130 euro/night, single room: 115 euro/night. Please book before October 16 by filling and sending to the hotel this registration form.
Hotel Excelsior, 3 stars, website
Double room: 65 euro/night, double room single use: 75 euro/night, single room: 90 euro/night. Please refer to the reservation code: "EXTRAS"
A further cheap option (10 min bus to Minerva square + 5 min walk to IUSS) is Pavia Ostello
In addition to the above options, an accommodation in a college in Pavia is also possible.
In case you are interested, please email "andrea.tiengo _at_ iusspavia.it" with your preferred option:
Collegio Santa Caterina (female-only): single room with bathroom at 55 euros per night (breakfast included)
Collegio Fraccaro: single room at 45 euros + VAT; double room at 72 euros + VAT (no breakfast, please book before October 15th)
Collegio Cairoli: double room, 4 days and 3 nights, 216 euros + VAT (please book before October 20th)
CAR College double room with bathroom and kitchen, 4 days and 3 nights, 255 euros + VAT; studio, single bed with bathroom and kitchen, 4 days and 3 nights, 210 euros + VAT; single room with bathroom, 4 days and 3 nights, 165 euros + VAT.
The social dinner will be hosted by the Peo restaurant, in Pavia, starting from 8PM on Tuesday, 22 November. The price of 40 euros can be payed directly at the restaurant.