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Old 12-05-05, 08:06 PM   #1
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Milan or Rome, what to do with boxes

Well it looks like we got my first tour narrowed down to Italy. I was wondering what I can do with our bicycle boxes once arriving? We will be flying into either Rome or Milan.

I have read that they will not let you on the train at the airport without a bicycle box for the train. Is this still true? What about Milan?

What should we do with our bicycle boxes when arriving?

There is just discarding of course, then hopefully picking up a box on the way back.

What about a friendly bicycle store that is nearby the train station in the city? Would they store it?

Then of course there is leaving the boxes at our first nights stay but if flying into Rome, I think that I would want to just get out of the city on the first day. I imagine rooms are very expensive? Even hostels? Then there is just the hustle and bustle of the city. Or is it worth spending at least a day in Rome?


Any other tips on what to do with our boxes? (No wise cracks please )
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Fly into Milan, then take the bus to the train station in Milan from the airport (that's how everyone does it). Leave your box at the left luggage deposit.

When are you going to Italy? Depending on what time of year, it will be cheap or expensive, and full or empty.

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Fly into Milan, then take the bus to the train station in Milan from the airport (that's how everyone does it). Leave your box at the left luggage deposit.

When are you going to Italy? Depending on what time of year, it will be cheap or expensive, and full or empty.

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We will be going in September for two weeks. Probably mid September judging from the price of the airfare. I think you said on another thread that the low season starts at this time.

What luggage depot? The train depot or the bus depot?

What about Rome? Or am I better off going to Milan?

I was thinking that it may be a bit warmer further South?

I was thinking of cycling to the boot and taking a ferry to Sicily. I would not have enough time unless I used the train if I started from Milan.


What is the terrain like NW Italy?


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The train station depot.

I totally forgot about your other thread. I've read about 8000 posts since then. My bad.

You can fly into Milan. When you get there, you'll do just like everyone else does- take a bus to the city center. The bus will drop you at the Main train station, and that train station has every train that goes to all points of Italy, and also trains to Switzerland and Austria. It is BIG. When you get off the bus, take the escalator up to the next flight up where the trains are. On the other end of the station (the other end from where the elevators are) is the left luggage deposit. Drag your stuff there and leave your luggage and anything else heavy there (inside the luggage).

I totally don't remember what the cost of left luggage is per day. I couldn't even clue you in on it. If you're really desperate, I can ask a friend of mine. She takes Eurorail often and lives in Milan. I talk to her once a week.

Once you do that, hop a train south. My only caveat is without a container for your bike, you may not be able to take the long distance trains, but you can take the slower trains that allow bikes and slowly train your way to the south.

I haven't ridden my bike too far into NW Italy. Hilly, from what I do remember. I only went as far north and west as Como.

Did you PM Powerful Pete? I think he's in the south.

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The train station depot.

I totally forgot about your other thread. I've read about 8000 posts since then. My bad.

You can fly into Milan. When you get there, you'll do just like everyone else does- take a bus to the city center. The bus will drop you at the Main train station, and that train station has every train that goes to all points of Italy, and also trains to Switzerland and Austria. It is BIG. When you get off the bus, take the escalator up to the next flight up where the trains are. On the other end of the station (the other end from where the elevators are) is the left luggage deposit. Drag your stuff there and leave your luggage and anything else heavy there (inside the luggage).
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How easy is it to bicycle from Linate or Malpensa airport into Milan? My plan is to take my bike on the plane unboxed, like I did when I flew into London in '04.

Looking at the Trenitalia website, it appears that the only long distance trains that take unboxed bicycles are the German trains that go into Italy as part of their journey (Brenner Express, etc.).
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Not so bad. I rode from both. You just have to find the roads that will do it. I believe there's one major road that bikes are allowed on that takes you to downtown Milan.

Very few long distance trains take bikes. You'd have to take the slower trains that go greater distances. It can end up taking quite a bit of time to do- I once travelled from Bari to Rome. It took about 8 hours or so. A fast train would have gotten me to Rome in about 2.5 horus.

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