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Where to visit in Italy? Bike related?(9 posts)

Where to visit in Italy? Bike related?gnailuh
Apr 28, 2003 9:48 PM
I'm heading to Italy next month for 4 or 5 days, May 24-28/29. The fiancee will be busy with work stuff for two of those days. I'm thinking of checking out some cool places by myself while she's busy.

Any place you can suggest? Any races going on there during that time? I'll be pretty close to Milan, but can take a train somewhere else. Any suggestions would be great.

Apr 29, 2003 4:44 AM
The Giro will be going on during that time. Look at for a map.
re: Where to visit in Italy? Bike related?boneman
Apr 29, 2003 5:12 AM
Well, the Giro's on at that time but unless you're willing to travel and hire a car, you're best served by watching the RAI feed on TV. The final stage is in Milano but you'll be gone at that time.

Other bike related visits would be to the Vigorelli Velodrome in the city. Easy to get to by subway or bus. Underneath the velodrome is the Masi shop. Now owned and operated by Faliero's son, Alberto and definitely worth a visit. Both the Colnago and deRosa shops are out of town and generally, not open to the public.

Lot's of non-bike stuff to do. da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper, can be seen but you need to order tickets in advance. You can find this using a search engine. Order the tickets and pick them up at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie where the painting is located.

Of course there's the Duomo on the piazza al Duomo and that's not to be missed including walking on the roof.

At night, go down to the Navigli Canal district for food and drink.

A good day trip is by train to Como, on Lake Como. Train ride from Milano's about an hour and you can take a tram above the lakeside. Great views and again, eating and drinking.

A good guidebook to Milano is the one put out by Dorling Kindersley. Their city guides for Europe are top notch.

Restaurants in Milano. There's lots of them and if your Italian's good, more options. I was there for two weeks on business with Milanese locals and went to places not in the guidebooks. Not to worry about the English bit as you can get by with only the basics. If you're on expense account, you can blow it by booking dinner at Peck. More reasonable and actually Tuscan food can be found at Il Bice. Don't forget to try some Italian gelato while visiting.

I've lived in London for the last 5 years and Milano's one of my favorite cities in Italy. That being said I'm going to Bologna for four days on Thursday. Supposedly the eating capital of Italy which is saying something.

Oh, if your fiancee's into shoes, you're a dead man. The first time I went, there's a shopping district in the area around the Four Seasons hotel, my wife bought 4, or was it 5, pairs of shoes. Never mind the other bits.

Okay, that's it and good luck.
Apr 29, 2003 7:34 AM
Aside of the general Cycling sites for info; here are some sites that may be of some use:
Check with the Italy's local City's Tourist Office listings and Italy Italy Travel Agents/Tour Operators listings -
Also see Italy travel information --- Vacaton Rentals Italy -

Italy Bike Tours -
-- Cycling and Walking Agency - - Cycling\Walking agency Located in Siena, in the Tuscan region of Italy - Rental Bike - Day Trip - Bike Tour -
-- Cycling Italy - -
-- Cycling-Made in Italy - -
-- Cycling Tuscany - -
-- Tuscany Cycling Tours - -
-- Corfu - - Click on Sports & Activities -
-- Florence by Bike - Tours - Rentals - -
-- Biking/Hiking Italy - -
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-- Emilia Romagna by Byke - -
-- Italian Federation of Biking - good information on Biking in Italy and where to call/write. Itinerary and trail descriptions: -

Italy Bike Touring Association: Tel - Rome - 01 483 417 217 -
This is greatSpecialTater
Apr 29, 2003 7:41 AM
Thanks very much. I'll be in N Italy in May and June. Very helpful.
Apr 29, 2003 8:13 AM
However, I'm very envious of your trip to Italy....

Have a nice trip.
Giro Stages May 24 to 28/29merckxman
Apr 29, 2003 3:13 PM
If you can make a Giro stage go for it; fantastic.
24 Maggio, Sabato
>>14ª tappa

.: 25 Maggio, Domenica
>>15ª tappa
(cronometro individuale)(Time Trial) Km 42,5

.: 26 Maggio, Lunedì
>>16ª tappa

.: 27 Maggio, Martedì

RIPOSO (Rest Day)

.: 28 Maggio, Mercoledì
>>17ª tappa

.: 29 Maggio, Giovedì
>>18ª tappa
What are you looking for?ZvierBoy
Apr 30, 2003 8:28 AM
Don't have specific ideas since it all depends on what you have your sights set for. Serious climbs? Flat riding? Rolling hills?

Milan area (not too familiar with it) will be mostly flat, it might be nice to see the country side but it will be after all flat.

If you want to ride flat ground but in the mountains head north of Milan, do a round around any of the lakes. I did Lago Maggiore (100 mi), beautyful scenary there.

Head towards Alps if you want do real climbing 2hr+

Italy is fun to ride around on your bike. You can find a cheap place EVERYWHERE to stay, to eat, no matter what.

My 2 main advices would be:
- get a map a decide what terrain you want and look for it. then go there and ride. it doesn't have to be famous to be fun.
- forget organized trips. I did twice long rides on my own (3 day and 5 day), did not booked a single thing, survived without knowing the language and met nice people, drank cheaply great wine in a vineyard!

Hope this helps some.
shoot me an email if you want.
here's a great linkMJ
Apr 30, 2003 8:43 AM