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Italian cycling-oriented sites for a tourist???(13 posts)

Italian cycling-oriented sites for a tourist???shamelessgearwhore
Apr 4, 2003 1:43 PM
So I'm going to Europe for a couple weeks and will be going to Germany and possibly Northern Italy but w/o a bike. Won't be doing any riding on this trip. Are there any must-see sites or killer cycling shops to keep a look out for? Is the Campy HQ interesting? Probably not enough to sacrifice a day in Venice for. It would be cool to buy a couple killer jerseys or something. Ideas?
trust me!!the bull
Apr 4, 2003 2:38 PM
Venice sucks it smells bad and mosqutios are everywhere!
But it is worth checking out if your in to doing the tourist thing.Tourism has killed venice!
Spend time in the Tuscany area!!!!If you can!
Personally I dig on southern Italy.
Bike shops in Italy suck for the most part but you can get some killer deals on clothes and shoes.I think the citys are more into tourist shops .The better bike shops are in the smaller towns.I got some real nice castelli stuff when I was outside of Rome.The best shop I saw was in Lido di Ostia.My biggest regret was not taking a bike!I also regret not going to camy- I here it is fun.
But there is so much to do!The food and wine are cheap-So pig out!!!
trust me!! What? Trust you? :O) There is a lot ofLive Steam
Apr 5, 2003 1:05 PM
pumice in Italy and especially in Pompeii :O) As for Venice being smelly, well you have to get past the superficial, my man. Venice is like no other place in the World. It is magical and Romantic. It is an historic time machine. Bull you need to soften up a bit.

shamelessgearwhore if you do go to Venice, do yourself a favor. Set your alarm to wake you at 2am or so and go for a walk to the Rialto Bridge and dangle your feet over the side. Take a bottle of wine with you. It will be something you will never forget. It is like stepping back 400 years in time. The contrast of Venice during the day with this experience will leave a lasting impression.
My wife draged me into one of these castles there..the bull
Apr 5, 2003 3:53 PM
dojays palce I think.But they had a exibit with all the midevil weapons swords and some early fire arms.Now that stuff was sweet!!I was diggin on all the armor!There were alot of cool paintings of wars being fought if the water thier!Pretty neat if ya like that stuff.There was also a square where they have way over priced capacinos and cake.
lots of pigion sh!t every where!There was this one building it looked kinda over decorated like a rednecks lawn here in the states.Pretty weird.Hey trust me take a jar of peanut butter!The snacks in venice suck!
My wife draged me into one of these castles there..Live Steam
Apr 5, 2003 4:37 PM
Yup it's the Doges Palace where you saw that exhibit. The other building you went to sounds like la Galeria Peggy Guggenheim. It is a palazzo that was never completed. The Guggenheims purchased it to house some of their art collection. It is kind of a strange place.

Europeans generally don't "snack". They don't have fast food or Seven Elevens on every corner. I did a semester of school in Venice in 1985 and studied at the School of Architecture. It did take some time to acclimate. I remember there was on place that sold these huge drinks with ICE. It is a rare commodity there. At least it was in 1985. I went there two or three time a day :O) Ah Venezia!
Now they sell those leather masks every where!nmthe bull
Apr 5, 2003 6:18 PM
Venice is BEAUTIFUL and buying tipsmerckxman
Apr 4, 2003 7:47 PM
My experiences with Venice have all been very positve (but I have never been in the summer); it's a fantastic place; try to visit Murano/Burano also. When you go to a local shop ask if they sponsor a team and see if you can buy one of their team jerseys. Some of them are very nice and you won't find another one like it on your local rides.
There are no bikes in venice!!!!nmthe bull
Apr 4, 2003 9:38 PM
On second thought you need to go to venice!the bull
Apr 5, 2003 3:47 AM
Get drunk! And then try to find you way back across town to your hotel room.Everyone must do this once in there life.But rember dont get frustrated!You will need a map!
I bought a my compass when I was in venice!
On second thought you need to go to venice!Live Steam
Apr 5, 2003 4:45 PM
Now that I can identify with. I call Venice the Human Habitrail. It is a maze of twisted vias. No two streets are parallel. I did the "drink too much wine thing" and try to find your way home. There are many worse thing in the World than getting lost in Venice. You can't imagine what you will find around the next corner.
a guy I know has started a cycling/tourist/frame-buildingbill
Apr 5, 2003 5:12 AM
thing called 60aday with Dario Pegoretti's brother. It's outside of Milan, somewhere. Check it out http://www.60aday.com/
At least give him a call (Matt Cazzaniga -- tell him Bill sent turned you on to him). You might end up with a tour of Pegoretti's shop, anyway.
Cool site!shamelessgearwhore
Apr 7, 2003 7:22 AM
But a little out of my range. I just want to buy a couple cool Italian Bike Jerseys.
Treviso, Pinarello, Bernardi, Wilierking of Norway
Apr 7, 2003 11:33 AM
Treviso is about 20km north of Venice. A very pretty, historically rich town and home to the Pinarello Factory and Pinarello shop right in the city. Its famous son is Benetton and also home I think to Diadora. There are many outlet shops for these things. While driving around the area I cam across a little shop/factory for Bernardi, very nice people, its on the same road as the Aprila Motorcycle factory. Wilier is also supposed to be nearby. The best thing to do is search for bike companies in the Veneto, the area around Venice. Around Milan is the Famous outdoor wooden velodrome and the Masi shop under the veleodrome. Not to far away is Bellagio which has the Famous bike Church with E Merckx and Coppi bikes. his area is probably too far from venice unless your leaving out of Milan. THe pinarello Factory has some pretty amazing old jerseys hanging in the factory.