INFORMATION ON THE ROMAN VENUE OF GRS29
Roman location of the GRS Central Italy Chapter:
College of Engineering
of Rome Sapienza
Via Eudossiana, 18 - 00184 Rome, Italy
The Engineering College is situated in one of the most beautiful sites of the
Eternal City, between the Colosseum, the archaeological area, and the early Christian
Basilicas. It is worth mentioning the courtyard of the College, enriched by
a piece of art dating back to Renaissance architecture: the ancient well designed
by Simone Mosca. It lies inside the former old Cloister of "S.Pietro in Vincoli"
(St.Peter in Chains). Towards the end of the XIX century, several courses
of "La Sapienza" University moved from the headquarters to the historical
center of Rome. The Engineering College occupied the area of an ancient Monastery,
"S.Pietro in Vincoli", situated on the gentle slopes of the Esquilino
hill (one of the seven hills on which Rome was built). The Church of "S.Pietro
in Vincoli" was built on the Empress Eudossia's buildings, to preserve St.Peter's
chains. These can be found still nowadays in the Church, together with the large
statue of Moses sculpted by Michelangelo as part of the tomb of Pope Julius II.
the Engineering School to the Faculty
- a brief history. In
Rome, the first student course to obtain the Engineering Degree was established
in 1817 by Pope Pio VII, based on the need by the Papal States to dispose of their
own specialized technicians, instead of applying to external ones, as it had been
the case until then.
Historic view of the School of Application for Engineers
Following the initiative, the first School for Professional
Training in Engineering started to operate under the official denomination of
"Engineering School". The intent was to keep its administration as autonomous
as possible. Therefore, the School was not included in the "Studium Urbis",
and placed, instead, under the coordination of the Water and Road Prefecture.
The activities of the latter, performed according to specific regulations, included
not only the execution of road and hydraulic works but also the establishment
of a "Papal Corps of road and water engineers". The admission to it
was subject to the possession of a degree obtained from the Engineering School.
The School was directed by a Professor of Mathematics and by two Inspectors,
from the Water and Road Councils, respectively. For over fifty years, until the
fall of the Papal States, all School disciplines dealt basically with hydraulics
and road construction, to meet the demand of that time. A student could graduate
in Engineering in three years, after having accomplished mathematical, physical
and philosophical studies in one of the public universities and having obtained
the degree of philosophy and mathematics.
By the advent of the new regime
and the formation in Italy of the unitarian state (after September 20, 1870),
the Rome School of Application for Engineers was established. Although reaching
a University level, its administration remained autonomous and separated from
the Rome University plan. In 1913, the School was split in two sections,
Civil and Industrial Engineering, to be better tailored to the new industry requirements. It
was later on, in 1935, that the School further developed and became "the
Engineering College" of the Rome University "La Sapienza". In 1960,
a new set of regulations was issued, by which a 5-year course and 11 different
engineering degrees were established.
The basic lines of today's College
were drawn bearing in mind the need for the engineer's professional preparation
to combine a solid scientific knowledge with practical experience.
HOW TO REACH the Meeting area
Most of the hotels in the list (see
are located at a walking distance.
By bus and subway. The area is linked
with bus ("75" and "84") and subway Metro "B" (Blue
line, stop at "Cavour"
or "Colosseo") to the Central Termini Rail Station (5 min. walking distance
from bus/metro stops to the Meeting place).
The following buses, to and from
various destinations in town, effect a stop near the Colosseum and the Meeting
place: 60, 75, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 186, 810, 850, 204. Bus and metro tickets
are on sale at tobacco shops or newspaper kiosks.
From the Airport. At the Rail Station
a direct, non-stop train (Leonardo express, every half an hour) service to Fiumicino airport is available.
The travel lasts about 30 min. The airport is also connected to other stations
in town by another local train (every 20 min.) that effects several
stops (e.g., Ostiense rail station) on the way, but does not stop at Termini.
The travel lasts about 45 min.
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Ticket prices for the two lines
are slightly different. Train tickets from Fiumicino Airport to rail stations
and viceversa can be purchased at the airport and in all stations in town. At the airport taxis can be found, too.
It is recommended to board only official, white colour taxis bearing on the roof
the "taxi" indication and waiting for passengers in the dedicated area.
It takes about 50 minutes to reach the town center.
Average cost of the trip: 50 euros.
By car. People planning to rent a car
follow the indication "Roma Centro" when going out from the "Arrivals"
area, then take the highway Fiumicino-Rome and once on the "Via Cristoforo
Colombo" proceed to the historical center.
In town, parking on both sides
of the street is allowed against payment only. Tickets for Parking can be purchased either through automatic ticket dispensers
on the road, or at tobacco shops.
further details on transportation, see http://www.atac.roma.it
(urban transportation) and http://www.trenitalia.com(train
time table). From the Atac web site several maps of the city and of the transportation
network can be downloaded.
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The Statue of Moses by Michelangelo - S.Pietro in Vincoli