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longslowdistance

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09/17/2014 07:45 PM
I have a chance to spend a few days in Milan in early spring next year. Business and pleasure. I will have a few days on either end, too. Any advice appreciated.
Orange Crush

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09/17/2014 08:01 PM
Early spring? If you ski, the opportunities in the Dolomiti are endless and spectacular.

For riding I would not venture further than the foothills, maybe in area of Garda Lake or one of other other lakes (Como). Else head south. The mountains might very well be much too cold still; snow during MSR and things like that.

For sea and hiking: Cinqe Terra should still be relatively quiet that time of year and is awesome (between Genoa and La Spezia)

Any number of things you could do
eurochien

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09/17/2014 10:51 PM
Pack an umbrella.
I used to go to Milan often when I still lived in Europe and the weather always sucked, cold, foggy, drizzle. But the women are very good looking, dressed to kill just to go grab an espresso.
You have to check out the Milano Centrale train station, it was built during the Mussolini era and it has all the grandiloquence of that period in history.
longslowdistance

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09/24/2014 12:55 AM
Just found out that the conference that anchors my trip is one block from the Vigorelli velodrome. Sweeeet!
My wife and I have put off a trip to Europe for decades (kids, debt, job, too busy, etc.). Been married for 30 years and we're over the moon that's it's finally happening.
Eurochien, thanks for the tips: that same train station will take us to visit our college kid who will be on a foreign study in nearby Switzerland.
We'll also visit Venice and maybe Siena. Any other tips from forumites would greatly appreciated.
longslowdistance

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06/01/2015 08:53 PM
I went to the Vigorelli Velodrome when in Milan in early April. For you younger folks, this is an historically very significant site in cycling. Coppi set the hour record on this track.
What I found was a disappointment: Facility closed. The semi covered outdoor wood track has not been maintained and has rotted in the weather. Of all things, it was American Football played in the infield that has kept the facility for being leveled for many years.
My understanding is that the preservationists have won over the development types and the track will be replaced with a public facility. So cycling will continue therein the future, with families riding on a new track in the tire prints of Fausto and many other greats. Way to go Milano!
The young front desk people at our hotel in the old city near the cathedral had no idea what or whereVigorelli was, or its historical significance. But when I mentioned Fausto, their eyes lit up. He's still in the national consciousness, so many years later. Like Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig for Americans, perhaps.
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