College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

End of the Italy Trip

Monday 5/30:
We toured the Roman arena in Verona. Unlike the Coliseum in Rome, this arena still gets used to host operas and music shows. Our guide also took us on a short walking tour of the city. One nice shop owner even let us go in the basement of her boutique to see the original Roman roads that are underneath the city.


Tuesday 5/31:
We arrived in Milan! Our last stop in Italy, and the most modern city we saw. Prof. Ballarini described it as "The New York of Italy", which is a pretty apt description. First stop was the Duomo of Milan. This is probably the most famous Gothic cathedral in Italy.


From there, we went to see Da Vinci's "The Last Supper". I'm sorry to say that no cameras are allowed inside, but take my word for it, it was breathtaking! In spite of its age and condition, it is still easy to see some of the great detail and perspective that Da Vinci was able to achieve. Reservations to see the painting have to be made weeks in advance, so many visitors to Milan don't get the chance to see it.

Wednesday 6/1:
We had our last lectures today at the Milan Polytechnic Institute. After our guest lecturer Luigia Binda told us about non-destructive testing on masonry structures and Prof Ballarini talked about mechanics, we got a tour of the civil engineering lab at the college.


Thursday 6/2:
We saw the tallest skyscraper in Italy, the Altra Sede Regione Lombardia. It is 160 meters tall and will house most of the government employees for Lombardy. Unfortunately, the building was closed due to Italy's Unification Day, so we could only see it from the outside. We did learn a little bit about its state-of-the-art energy efficiency features.



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