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Visiting Masi/Milan in 2 weeks...(6 posts)

Visiting Masi/Milan in 2 weeks...brian n
Sep 4, 2003 6:23 AM
Lucky Me- I am going to be traveling to Milan to attend a scientific conference on archaeometallurgy in 2 weeks. I have contacted Alberto Masi about visiting his workshop under the famed Vigorelli Velodrome, so I hope to take a bunch of pictures of the visit.

So... can anyone give me any tips about Milan? I've never been to Italy before, and I'll have one day to visit Masi/Vigorelli. Are there any other bike related sights I shouldn't miss in downtown? I know DeRosa and Colnago are outside of the downtown area, and I won't have a car (or time to figure out busses etc.). Also, any questions you guys want me to ask Masi? I am a metallurgist, so I hope to get the skinny on his thoughts on various tubing/materials, etc.

I race on the velodrome here in Ttown, does anyone know anything about possibly riding a few laps on the Vigorelli? I can't find a website or any info at all.

Any/all recommendations would be appreciated!

-Brian
Just in time for the Milan Bike Show (16-21 Sep)config
Sep 4, 2003 6:58 AM
Visit the International Bike and Motorcycle show: http://www.eicma.it/en/default.asp The site hasn't been up-dated lately.
I wanted to go to it last year but ended up real busy at work. You should see all the latest gizmos there. Take a bunch of pics.
re: Visiting Masi/Milan in 2 weeks...Bulldozer
Sep 4, 2003 9:41 AM
Isn't Cinelli in Milan too?
re: Visiting Masi/Milan in 2 weeks...mapei boy
Sep 4, 2003 2:38 PM
I was in Milan last May, just before the Giro pulled up there. I don't have any bicycling tips, but here are a few touristic ones.

Eat dinner in the Navigli section of town. It's Party Central once the sun begins to set. The neighborhood's Premiata Pizzeria (recommended to me by RBR contributor Boneman) is fabulous and cheap. Another solid choice is the Pizzeria Tradizionale. Get there via the subway. Drink plenty of wine.

The Duomo, the central cathedral, is a magical piece of architecture in a city that is often disappointingly fascist-looking and ugly. It's freshly cleaned, too.

It is a difficult task to accomplish, but try to get a reservation to view Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper - "Il Cenacolo." Google your way to the telephone number of the church where it's at, and try to get through to one of their English speaking operators. If there was ever a painting that deserved the term Masterpiece, this is it.

If you have a non-business, non-cycling related day to kill, take the hour train ride to the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Buy the all day ferry boat pass. Cruise between the various villages on the shore, and the various tiny islands that sit in the middle. It's an experience that will make you understand why Italy plays so strongly on the world's imagination.
Masi and Vigorelliboneman
Sep 4, 2003 3:03 PM
Easiest way to get there is by subway. It's equidistant between two stops and then about a 15 minute walk. A very small shop, unchanged by time as you will notice. Albert's a very nice man. I haven't been there in a 3 years but it was himself and an apprentice at that time. As Mapei Boy says, enjoy the sights and don't miss the Last Supper. Advance tickets online or by phone are a must. I'd also recommend Bice restuarant although it's Tuscan style food. Located a couple of blocks from the Four Seasons. Bring mosquito repellent as they can be brutal along the Navigli canal.

Key phrases, parla inglese? as in speak english and dove il gabinetto?, where's the bathroom. Pronto, prego, gracie go a long way. Enjoy. Milano's one of my favorite cities in Italy.
al Duomoboneman
Sep 4, 2003 3:06 PM