PRE’17 will be held at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, located in Via Eudossiana 18, in the historic centre of the city, directly overlooking the Coliseum. At the same time, it is at less than 20 minutes walk from Stazione Termini (the Central Railway Station in Rome) and few minutes walk from the Metro station “Cavour” (line B).
The Faculty develops around the Cloister designed by Giuliano da Sangallo, that represents one of the most important examples of the Renaissance architecture in Rome and is next to the ancient Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, which is home to one of the magnificent scultures of Michelangelo, namely the marble statue of Moses (1513-1515).
The Cloister consists of a rectangular colonnade. Each side has seven or eight arches supported by columns with beautiful ionic capitals, that show the emblem of Della Rovere family. In the centre of the courtyard, there is a well with an elegant octagonal plan, sculpted by Simone Mosca and surmounted by a simple easel composed by two couples of columns supporting a simple moulding architrave, credited to Michelangelo as well. Today it is the symbol of the Faculty.
PRE’17 sessions will be held in two of the rooms close to the Cloister.
Finally, the Faculty is also 20 minutes walk from the Enrico Fermi Center, where a visit to the Museum (its opening is planned right toward the end of 2017) and to the famous golden fish fountain, where Enrico Fermi and his collaborators, in October 1934, tested the theory that neutrons could be efficiently slowed by the interaction with hidrogenated media (and water definitely is rich in hydrogen !). The award of the Physics Nobel Prize to Fermi in 1938 is largely due to that discovery.