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    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 18th Jul 19, 10:06 PM
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    Milan Travel Suggestions!
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    Milan Travel Suggestions! 18th Jul 19 at 10:06 PM
    Hello All,

    Family is going to Milan for few days in August. Someone shocked me by saying that month is dry as shops close early etc

    A colleague suggest having a day trip to Lake Como.

    Anyone have further suggestion?

    Thanks

    Kay
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    • Alan Bowen
    • By Alan Bowen 19th Jul 19, 9:30 AM
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    You have posted in the section to report bargains, Pogofish, if he or she were around, would be telling you off but I won't! Yes, Milan can be quieter than usual as the population leaves because of the humidity.

    Despite that, we enjoyed a long weekend there one August. A day trip to Lake Como is a good idea but many people take the train to the town of Como itself which did not wow me, much prefered Varenna which is on a different train line altogether but easy to reach from Milan Centrale. If you like train travel it is easy to do a day trip to Venice/Verona (Romeo and Juliet's balcony etc) or Vincenza, they are all on the same line.

    It is also easy to get to Switzerland by train, we really enjoyed the town and lake of Lugano which is another easy trip to get out of Milan
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    • By heatherw_01 19th Jul 19, 10:53 AM
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 19th Jul 19, 10:57 AM
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    Milan is very close to Bergamo (the Ryanair Milan airport!) and the old town of Bergamo is an absolute gem. Best advice is to get there and just have a wander.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 19th Jul 19, 12:13 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 12:13 PM
    Are you flying to BGY or Malpensa MXP?
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 19th Jul 19, 12:55 PM
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    Monza is great for a day trip and not far at all, it's within the Milan conurbation.
    Superb park, massive palace, usually a load of swish cars to ogle (although they might be at the coast in August).
    • amberhen49
    • By amberhen49 23rd Jul 19, 4:21 PM
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    Lake Como is stunning and within easy reach on the train. I'd second Bergamo as well. Many people just pass straight through using the airport but if you get chance to head into the town then I'd recommend that.

    Venice is probably an option if you're just after a whistle stop tour. It's 2 hours 30 minutes on the fast trains from Milan (over 3 hours using the cheaper regional trains), so 5 hours out of your day with a return trip.

    Still can't post links.

    thelocal.it/20181205/best-day-trips-from-milan

    I absolutely love Italy but unless you're heading to the beach or the mountains, then I'd always avoid Italian cities in August.
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 23rd Jul 19, 9:00 PM
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    Are you flying to BGY or Malpensa MXP?
    Originally posted by richardw
    Malpensa Airport. Thanks
    • slinga
    • By slinga 24th Jul 19, 1:49 AM
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    Milan is very close to Bergamo (the Ryanair Milan airport!) and the old town of Bergamo is an absolute gem. Best advice is to get there and just have a wander.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002

    Seconded.


    Como Town is bleurgh
    A trip on Lake Como is like a trip on a boat anywhere.
    We hoped we see the Alps but couldn't.


    Varenna is good.


    BTW we weren't overly impressed with Milan.


    The painting of the Last Supper is worth a visit but iirc you are limited to a 15 minute viewing and if like us a party of Americans pushed their way to the front of the queue and then spent 15 minutes at the front of the barrier taking photos even though photos weren't allowed again iirc then you might be disappointed by that visit.
    You have to book for this viewing.


    If you are looking for a family run friendly restaurant in Milan then a must is Ristorante pizzeria One Way della Speranza.
    So good we went back twice.
    Try the linguine with seafood, you won't be disappointed.
    Last edited by slinga; 24-07-2019 at 2:28 AM.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 25th Jul 19, 7:36 AM
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    I was in Milan at the start of September last year, and visited Monza as well as they had some motor races on at the Autodromo - was going to go this year but the NHS have blighted my holiday plans.

    There's enough in the city to occupy you for a week I'd say, the Duomo is spectacular and the frescoes in the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore church have to be seen. There are also loads of galleries covering both renaissance and more modern (c18 and c19) art. Of course if you don't like art that won't be of much interest.

    There's also a shop where you can spend 2500 euro on a handbag if so inclined. And a Starbucks, by accident I walked past it on opening day (first Starbucks to open in Italy) and the queue was huge, crowds of people just looking at it and there were journalists with camera crews outside interviewing people coming out!
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    • bagand96
    • By bagand96 25th Jul 19, 8:03 AM
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    A day trip to Lake Como is a good idea but many people take the train to the town of Como itself which did not wow me, much prefered Varenna which is on a different train line altogether but easy to reach from Milan Centrale.
    Originally posted by Alan Bowen
    Second this recommendation. From Varenna you can get the ferry to a couple of places on the lake, the ferries are frequent and easy to use. We went to Bellagio which was lovely.
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 28th Jul 19, 9:13 PM
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    Thanks all.

    Anyone know about their local public transport cost? Discount for children etc

    Cheers
    • martindow
    • By martindow 29th Jul 19, 12:22 PM
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    Thanks all.

    Anyone know about their local public transport cost? Discount for children etc

    Cheers
    Originally posted by Kaybenson
    seat61 is the bible for international rail travel. This page is mainly to do with travelling from the UK to Italy by train but there is a lot of info regarding local trains in Italy

    https://www.seat61.com/Italy.htm


    Apart from high speed and long distance trains there is no advantage in booking ahead. For timetables and some fares the German railways site is excellent for the whole of Europe


    https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml
    Last edited by martindow; 29-07-2019 at 12:26 PM.
    • amberhen49
    • By amberhen49 29th Jul 19, 9:18 PM
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    https://www.atm.it/en/Pages/default.aspx

    Tickets are valid on the metro, trolley buses, trams and buses.
    • maman
    • By maman 29th Jul 19, 10:46 PM
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    Don't know if it appeals to you but we took a tram out to the San Ciro stadium home of AC Milan and Inter . There's a football museum and we did a guided tour of the stadium.

    Also there's a McDonald's right opposite the duomo with a great view where drinks are at reasonable prices for Milan.
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 30th Jul 19, 7:23 PM
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    Don't know if it appeals to you but we took a tram out to the San Ciro stadium home of AC Milan and Inter . There's a football museum and we did a guided tour of the stadium.

    Also there's a McDonald's right opposite the duomo with a great view where drinks are at reasonable prices for Milan.
    Originally posted by maman
    Cool.

    Hoping to visit San Siro but it cost 18 each and i dont know if they offer discount to children.
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 30th Jul 19, 7:27 PM
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    If you are looking for a family run friendly restaurant in Milan then a must is Ristorante pizzeria One Way della Speranza.
    Originally posted by slinga
    Which part of Milan is it?

    Thanks
    • maman
    • By maman 30th Jul 19, 7:43 PM
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    Cool.

    Hoping to visit San Siro but it cost 18 each and i dont know if they offer discount to children.
    Originally posted by Kaybenson
    Under 6 years old are free and they do a family ticket. It's all on the website.
    • slinga
    • By slinga 31st Jul 19, 10:20 AM
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    Which part of Milan is it?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Kaybenson

    Google is your friend.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/One+Way+della+Speranza/@45.4771175,9.2019697,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4786c6c7475432c9:0xc8c7a e1149642c72!8m2!3d45.4771138!4d9.2041637


    If you do google it it will pinpoint the restaurant but in this screen shot it is just below the E in Lazzaretto.
    A 20 min walk from Milano Centrale station.
    Last edited by slinga; 31-07-2019 at 10:26 AM.
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