|Subject: Milan report - Part II|
Peter, find enclosed the second part of my report.
SIGHSEEINGS - The Tourist Guide Center (Via Marconi 1; M1/3 Duomo; Tel. 02863210 or 0286450433) organizes a 3 hour couch tour daily (except Monday) in English, German, France and Spanish. Books in the major hotels too. - Tourist Tram organized by the Municipal Transport Company (ATM), aboard an original 1920s tram named Ciao Milano, that leaves from Piazza Castello (M1 Cairoli). Three departures a day. Multilingual commentary. For information phone 028055323.
TOURIST INFORMATION - APT Milan Tourism Office, Via Marconi 1; M1/3 Duomo; Tel. 02725241, fax 0272524250. Free map. For Accommodation information, phone 0272524300 or fax 0272524350. - APT Central Station, departure hall; M2/3 Centrale; Tel. 0272524360 or 0272524370. Information, free map and hotels availability. - Centro Servizi - Milan Council Information Office, Gallery Vittorio Emanuele 11/12 (by Piazza della Scala) M1/3 Duomo. Self service tourist and events information organized by the council authorities.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTS - Municipal Transport Company (ATM). Information office: Underground M1/3 Duomo. Public transport maps. An urban ticket (over and under ground) costs less than 1USD and is valid for 75 minutes. There are touristy tickets that last 24 or 48 hours which are bought from news agencies in the underground stations. Tickets are not sold on the coach. The Metro system consists of 4 lines: number 1 (red), 2 (green), 3 (yellow) and the Passante Ferroviario (blue). Public transport runs from approximately 6 am until 00.30 am (there is a bus service that replaces Metro lines 1 and 3 during the night). Web site http://www.atm-mi.it/eng/default.asp ATM runs many suburban lines too.
-Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian National Railways):
Central Station Information Office (departure hall). Open daily from 7.00 to
21.00. Tel. 147888088.
AIRPORTS - Linate airport (LIN), 7 km from Milan: fly to/from Rome. For information phone 0274852200 (from 7.00 to 23.00). How to get to Linate: Bus n. 73 from Corso Europa (M1 S. Babila) using a normal ATM ticket; it take about 25 minutes. There is an other company bus (STAM) that runs to/from the Central Station. - Malpensa International Airport (MPX): for information phone 0274852200 (from 7.00 to 23.00). How to get to Malpensa: there is a train shuttle to/from Milan Cadorna Railway Station (M1/2 Cadorna), named Malpensa Express, which runs every half hour from 6.30 to 20.30. It takes 40 minutes and stops in Saronno too. This service is FREE for Alitalia ticket holders. Web site: http://www.malpensaexpress.com There is a coach service to/from Milan Railway Central Station (about 50 minutes); shuttle to/from Gallarate Railway Station (about 10 minutes) then train to/from Milan Garibaldi Railway Station (M2/R Garibaldi).
INTERNET CORNER: - In the Telecom Office in the gallery Vittorio Emanuele (M1/3 Duomo) there is an internet corner worked by phone cards. There is a telephone and fax service too. Available from 8.00 to 21.30 every day. - Centro Servizi - Milan Council Information Office, Gallery Vittorio
hour). M1/3 Duomo.
ACCOMMODATION: - APT in Piazza Duomo (Via Marconi 1) and APT in the Central Station assist tourists in finding accommodation. Free list of hotels, no bookings. To make hotel reservations: - Milan Hoteliers Association (Corso Buenos Aires 77): reservation center 0267076600, fax 0267076147, web site http://www.traveleurope.it - Milan Hotels Central Booking: Tel. 028054242, fax 028054291. - Italian Hotels Reservation Center: from Italy 800015772, from abroad +39 0229531605, fax 0229531586. - Inpholine, hotels reservation: Mon. - Sat. toll free number (from Italy) 800.008777, web site http://www.initalia.it -Youth Hostel YHA P. Rotta, Viale Salmoiraghi 1, tel. and fax 0239267095. Breakfast included. M1 QT8. Compulsory membership card. Web site http://www.hostels-aig.org . - Private Hostel La Cordata, Via Burigozzo 11, tel. 0258314675, e_mail: la.cordata . Self catering kitchen. M2 Genova + tram 9 or M3 Missori + tram 15. Web site http://www.galactica.it/aziende/la.cordata
SURROUNDINGS AND ONE DAY TRIPS - Lake Como: + (*) Como city. To see: Lake promenade, the Cathedral (XV-XVII century), Broletto (old council house, XIII century), S. Abbondio church (XI century), cable car to Brunate where you can have a beautiful overview of the lake. It is possible take a boat trip aroun the lake. How to get to Como from Milan: by train (FS company) from Central or Garibaldi Station, (FNME company) from Cadorna station (it takes half hour or an hour, it depends on the train). + (*) Bellagio town. It is a peninsula in the lake. To see: beautiful and characteristic down town, Villa Serbelloni (XV century villa with a great garden, only the garden is visible), Villa Melzi (neoclassical palace with great garden, only the garden is visible). How to get: by train from Central station to Varenna (it takes an hour, you have to catch the train to Sondrio or Tirano) then the ferry to Bellagio (10 minute). - Lake Maggiore: + (*) Stresa town: characteristic lakeside town, promenade on the lake, Villa Pallavicino (great botanic garden and little freely animal zoo, greenhouse; closed in winter), cable car to Mottarone montain (1490 m., great Alps overview). How to get there: by train from Central or Garibaldi Station (an hour/an hour and half, catch train to Domodossola). + (**) Borromee Islands (10 minutes by ferry from Stresa): they are made up by three little and beautiful islands, Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori. Isola Bella: Borromeo palace (in Barocco style with luxurious rooms, pictures and statues collections, graves and a great garden; it may be closed in winter). Isola dei Pescatori: very picturesque fishermans' island. Isola Madre: the largest one; Borromeo palace (XVIII century with a beautiful botanic garden). - (*) Sirmione town, a great peninsula in lake Garda: it is a pedestrian town, Scaligera Castle (XIII century), the archeological site of Catullo graves (Romans villa, little museum). How to get there: by train from Central station to Desenzano (1.20 hour) then by bus. - Morimondo Abbey and Vigevano town: Morimondo Abbey (XII century it was built by Cistercians monks) is located in the Valle del Ticino regional park. How to get there: 21+6 km by car, SS494 to Abbiategrasso then SS526. Vigevano : Piazza Ducale (a great Renaissance style square (1494)), Castle and clock tower (1345). How to get there: 32 km by car, SS494. - Pavia City: + (*) Certosa di Pavia: it is a great Abbey (XV century) with a marble face and a cloister. In the church there are tombs of dukes of Milan. How to get there: by train from Garibaldi or Lambrate station (40 minutes). + (*) Pavia city: it is situated upon along the Ticino river. Cathedral (XV century in Renaissance style), S.Michele church (XII century, many king were crowned in this church), S. Pietro in Ciel d'Oro church: (XII cent. In Romanesque style, there is the Arca di S. Agostino containing the S. Agostinos' bones), Visconteo castle (1360, it contains paintings and archeological museums). How to get there: 40 km by train from Central station or Lambrate station (30/45 minutes). - (**) Bergamo city: there is a beautiful medieval down town on top of the hill (by cable car from the modern city): Piazza Vecchia (the main and characteristic square), Palazzo della Ragione (medieval council house), S. Maria Maggiore church (XII cent. in Romanesque style renovated during 1500s, carpets, frescos and a carved timber choir place), Colleone's chapel (great example of lombard Renaissance style), Battistero (1340 baptistery), Pinacoteca Carrara (painting museum with Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, Tiziano, Tintoretto et al.). How to get: 56 km by train from Central or Garibaldi station (an hour). - (**) Mantova city: it is situated on the Mincio river: S. Andrea church (XV cent. in Renaissance style, frescos and paintings; in this church there is the tomb of the great painting Mantegna), Piazza delle Erbe (characteristic medieval square), Rotonda di S. Lorenzo (XI cent. little and characteristic church), Duke Palace (XIII cent., frescos by Mantegna, carpets and the duke rooms), Chatedral (XVI cent.), Palazzo del Te (the great suburban duke palace, XVI cent., great frescos, garden). How to get there: 150 km by train from Central station (2 hour).
There is a network of fast train services from Milan to Genova (Genoa), Torino (Turin), Verona, Venezia (Venice), Firenze (Florence), Roma (Rome) and Napoli (Naples) which leave from the Central station. A bed car service is available to travel during the night.
MILAN AND LOMBARDIA COOKING: - Risotto giallo (yellow rice), rice cooked with saffron; - Cotoletta alla milanese (Milanese cutlet), steak fried in egg and bread mixture; - Osso buco (Bone with hole), leg of beef with marrow; - Cassoeula, braised pork meat with cabbages; - Cotechino con lenticchie, boiled bagged pork meat and lentils; - Trippa, tripe; - Ravioli alla zucca, pasta rolled and stuffed with pumpkin; - Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese, particular kind of pasta cooked with cheese and vegetables; - Bresaola, a bagged horse meat; SWEETS: - Panettone (a Christmas time sweet), a ball oven cooked mix of flour, sugar, eggs, raisins and candied fruits; - Torrone, a honey, almond, sugar and vanilla mix; - Pan dei Morti (bread of the dead) (All Soul's Day sweet), a mixture of cocoa, sugar, honey, pine nuts and candied fruits. - Colomba Pasquale (a Easter time sweet), a mix of flour, sugar, eggs covered with sugar and almonds pieces that look like a dove.
USEFUL WEB ADDRESSES http://www.milanoin.it/index_eng.asp General information (hotels, restaurants, shopping); http://www.hellomilano.it General info about Milan (useful info, entertainment, events, museums, advice, tips); wrcm.usr.dsi.unimi.it Milan Civic Network; http://www.regione.lombardia.it Lombardia regional network; http://www.inlombardia.it Information about tourism in Lombardia; http://lascala.milano.it La Scala lyric theater official site. http://www.museionline.com/eng/cerca/defoult.htm Italian museums information;
http://www.atm-mi.it/eng/default.asp Municipal Transport Company official web site; http://www.fs-on-line.com Italian National Railway (FS) official site; http://www.malpensaexpress.com Train Shuttle between Milan and Malpensa International Airport (time table, fee); http://www.sea-aeroportimilano.it Milan Airports official site (time table about flights and general info); http://www.airpullman.com Coach service between Milan and Malpensa International Airport (time table, fee);
http://www.initalia.it Hotel reservation center. http://www.hostels-aig.org Italian Youth Hostels Association official site. http://www.mappe.virgilio.it/mappe/mappege.asp City Maps of the major Italian cities. http://www.paginegialle.it Italian yellow pages.