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63rd Design Meeting


Politecnico di Milano, Cremona, Italy

Sep 23, 2009 09:00 AM

Sep 25, 2009 04:00 PM

Details about the agenda will be posted here when available, or sent to the Modelica-design mailing list. All the meeting material will also be available to Modelica Association members on the SVN system at the URL https://svn.modelica.org/projects/ModelicaDesign/trunk/MeetingMinutesMaterial/min63.

Please contact the Chairman Martin Otter if you plan to participate.

Wireless internet access will be available on the site for all participants, limited to web access through a proxy. For SVN, SMTP, IMAP, VPN, and other services, eight Ethernet cables will be available in each meeting room, with no access limitation.

Location & Organizer


Politecnico di Milano
Polo di Cremona
Via Sesto, 41
I-26100 Cremona, Italy

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Accommodation

At the end of September there are many events in Cremona, which has a limited availability of hotel rooms, so it is essential to book a hotel before July 15.

We have reserved rooms at the Hotel Impero **** in the city centre. The rates are 69 € for a single room, 79 € for a double room with one person, 118 € for a double room. To book a room, contact the hotel at the e-mail info@hotelimpero.cr.it or at the phone number +39 0372 413013, and cite "Modelica Design Meeting" to obtain the reduced rate. The penalty for cancellation after July 20 will be 20% of your reservation.

Free bus transfers from the hotel to the campus will be organized in the morning and in the evening. If you want to reserve other hotels, we suggest you to do so before the end of July and to look for a hotel in the centre, so you can still use the free bus.

For further information, please contact Ms. Carmela Seggio of the campus secretariat.

Travel Information

Cremona is located 80 km south-east of Milan and 140 km south-east of Como. The Politecnico campus is located in the suburbs of the town. The campus can be reached from the train station in about 15 minutes walking time, and from the city center in about 30 minutes walking time, or with a short taxi ride. A bus transfer from the city centre will be organized in the morning and in the evening for all participants free of charge.

From the Modelica Conference site

A private bus transfer will be organized from Grand Hotel Como, site of the Modelica Conference, directly to hotels in downtown Cremona. The bus will leave around 17:00 and the trip will take approximately two hours.

By airplane

The nearest airports are Milano Malpensa (MXP), Milano Linate (LIN) and Milano/Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY), home of Ryanair low-cost flights.

From Milano Malpensa, you can take the bus to Milano Centrale train station and then a direct train to Cremona (direction: Mantova), which takes one hour and runs every two-three hours. Avoid the local trains to Cremona, which take much longer. The direct taxi ride is quite expensive, around 250 €, if you take a taxi from Malpensa. If you book it from Cremona in advance, the cost is about 170 €.

From Milano Linate, we suggest taking a taxi to Milano Centrale train station (about 15 €) and then the direct train to Cremona (see above). Beware of people approaching you at the airport exit and offering taxi service, only use official metered taxis which line in front of the arrivals door. You might also ask to be brought to Milano Rogoredo train station, which is 10 minutes closer to Cremona, but there are not many amenities in the station if you have to wait. The direct taxi ride is about 100 €.

From Orio al Serio, you can take a bus or taxi to Bergamo train station (10 minutes), and then take the train to Cremona; however, service is not very frequent. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Milano Centrale and then the train from there (see above). The direct taxi ride is about 100 €.

For the return trip, our secretaries can arrange collective taxi rides, so you can share costs.

By train

You can get by train to Cremona in less than 10 hours through Milano or Brescia from a number of locations in south-east France, Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. The door-to-door travel time might be comparable to the airplane trip. Consult www.bahn.de for international rail itineraries.

By car

Cremona is well connected to the northern Italian motorway network through motorway A21. Please note that access and parking in the city centre is restricted, so you might have to arrange permits with your hotel.

Tourist information

Cremona was founded by the Romans in the year 218 B.C. and features an interesting array of monuments and buildings from the early Romanesque period to the late Baroque. The city center features a wonderful medieval piazza with the cathedral (Duomo), baptistry (Battistero), tower (Torrazzo, the city landmark) and city hall (Palazzo Comunale), all dating back to the 12th-14th century.



The interior of the Cathedral contains remarkable frescoes from the early 16th century, recently restored. The city centre is not very large and can be comfortably visited in one day. Cremona is mostly known as the hometown of Antonio Stradivari, whose violin-making tradition still continues today with an international violin making school and with over a hundred violin making botteghe (shops).

If you want to explore the surroundings, a number of interesting sites are found within a one-hour train or car ride: Milano, with its monuments and fashion stores, Verona, with its Roman arena; Mantova, with its the beautiful Renaissance palazzi; Sirmione, Desenzano and Salò on the Garda lake (very popular among German visitors). A two hour car ride can bring you on the Thyrrenian coast to Lerici, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, world-renown locations since the times of Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley - at this time of the year you can still take a bath in the warm sea or enjoy a hike on trails between the villages on the shore. For suggestions, feel free to contact the local organizer Francesco Casella.

Duomo and Torrazzo
The Cathedral and the city tower seen from the city hall
Duomo and Torrazzo (small)
The Cathedral and the city tower from the city hall (small image)
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