The Department located in Arezzo has adhered, together with local institutions and associations, to the University of Siena’s Active Citizenship Project (Progetto cittadinanza studentesca). Follow the link (below) to find out more about lodging, catering facilities and healthcare facilities, as well as scholarships and discounts especially for students.
Study at “Pionta”, the Arezzo campus of the University of Siena!
The University of Siena’s Arezzo campus is located just a few minutes by foot from the Arezzo train station, at the entrance of one of the city’s most beautiful parks, which goes by the name of “colle del Pionta”.
Here the University of Siena has created a modern and functional campus containing all of the structures and services needed to study and participate fully in campus life: classrooms, laboratories, places to meet and exchange opinions with professors and fellow students, a state-of-the-art library and “CampusLab”, a 400 square metre structure containing laboratories and spaces for hands-on, interactive learning aimed at providing a bridge between university studies with the realities of the world of work.
The university residence and the offices of the Tuscan region’s Student Support Office (Azienda regionale per il diritto allo studio: Dsu) are located in Via Laschi, just a few metres from the buildings where classes are held. Here you can ask for information about scholarships, student catering facilities, lodging and find out if you qualify for financial support. Right on campus there is also a bar-caffetteria, a favorite place for students and the whole university community to hang out.
Did you know that…
The gentle “Pionta” hill, at the base of which the University of Siena’s Arezzo campus is located, was until 1200 A.D. the seat of the city’s cathedral and citadel; here the monk Guido Monaco, inventor of modern musical notation, lived and taught. Traces of these ancient buildings are still visible here and there in the park.
The University is housed in a group of buildings that were originally the provincial psychiatric hospital built in 1898. In the 1970’s the director of the structure, Agostino Pirella, spearheaded (together with the reformist, Franco Basaglia, and the local council) a national movement to close this type of structure in favor of a more community-oriented approach to mental health services. The hospital was closed in 1989, and starting in the 1990’s the buildings were acquired and fully renovated by the University of Siena, creating the modern complex surrounded by century-old trees and pathways we see today.