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    Just got back from 2 Week Tour of Italy

    Amazing journey. Thanks to all who helped out here in getting me ready for my first tour. I'm doing a "delayed" daily journal on my cycling blog for those of you who want to follow along:

    http://thebullycockpit.blogspot.com/

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    Great, glad you enjoyed Italy, also enjoyed reading your bolg. Bet you got caught out in Italy about the shops shutting at lunch time for 2 -3 hours. I did and my mother is from Rome.....
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    I also just got back. I guess I need to post something.


    A couple of questions:

    Why did you fly into Linate? Seems a lot less trouble to ride out of Malepensa or at least take a bus.

    You rode in and out of the airport? What did you do about showers on the way back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeLonghair View Post
    Great, glad you enjoyed Italy, also enjoyed reading your bolg. Bet you got caught out in Italy about the shops shutting at lunch time for 2 -3 hours. I did and my mother is from Rome.....
    Yes a hassle but not really a problem. Many towns have a market where they sell salome, meats, cheeses, bread and even roasted chicken. Pack up a lunch before you leave and head out. If you don't find a market then most small towns have plenty of bars (cafes) that sell pannini and all types of sandwiches and pizza during lunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    I also just got back. I guess I need to post something.


    A couple of questions:

    Why did you fly into Linate? Seems a lot less trouble to ride out of Malepensa or at least take a bus.

    You rode in and out of the airport? What did you do about showers on the way back?
    We flew into Linate bc it was $500 cheaper and on the east side of the city (we were heading to salsamoggaire if you recall).

    Re showers, we packed the bikes at the airport on Friday and left them at left luggage, stayed at a hotel on friday night and left Sat morning.

    Where did you end up going/what was your route?

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    Sounds like a nice trip. I like what you did with the maps to illustrate the route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jignall View Post
    We flew into Linate bc it was $500 cheaper and on the east side of the city (we were heading to salsamoggaire if you recall).

    Re showers, we packed the bikes at the airport on Friday and left them at left luggage, stayed at a hotel on friday night and left Sat morning.

    Where did you end up going/what was your route?
    Day 1 - Somma Lombardo to Pavia first day.
    Day 2 - By train from Pavia to Genoa (an unintended stop due to missed connection and locked bicycle car).
    Day 3 - Train to LaSpezia with day trip to 5 Terra.
    Day 4 - LaSpezia to Viareggio
    Day 5 - Day trip to Pisa
    Day 6 - Viareggio to Pistoia going through Lucca.
    Day 7 - Pistoia to Cremona by train
    Day 8 - Cremona to Lecco
    Day 9 - Lecco to Cardona
    Day 10 - Cardona to Como via Luganno
    Day 11 - Stayed in Como due to rain.
    Day 12 - Como to Verbania in the pouring rain (tired of Como)
    Day 13 - Verbania back to Somma Lombardo via the west side of Maggorie.

    I'll try to post a more detailed report later.

    Next year I want to concentrate on the lakes and possibly the Alps (assuming the dollar gets stronger ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Day 1 - Somma Lombardo to Pavia first day.
    Day 2 - By train from Pavia to Genoa (an unintended stop due to missed connection and locked bicycle car).
    Day 3 - Train to LaSpezia with day trip to 5 Terra.
    Day 4 - LaSpezia to Viareggio
    Day 5 - Day trip to Pisa
    Day 6 - Viareggio to Pistoia going through Lucca.
    Day 7 - Pistoia to Cremona by train
    Day 8 - Cremona to Lecco
    Day 9 - Lecco to Cardona
    Day 10 - Cardona to Como via Luganno
    Day 11 - Stayed in Como due to rain.
    Day 12 - Como to Verbania in the pouring rain (tired of Como)
    Day 13 - Verbania back to Somma Lombardo via the west side of Maggorie.

    I'll try to post a more detailed report later.

    Next year I want to concentrate on the lakes and possibly the Alps (assuming the dollar gets stronger ).
    I'm right with you man. I want to do a lakes tour next year for about 10 days. Maybe I'll see you there!

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    Thanks for the link to your trip blog. It was a very enjoyable read!

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