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Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:54 AM
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Football match- worth an extra day in Milan?

We can go to a football(soccer) match in Milan, but we'd have to extend our stay in Milan from 1 day to 2 in order to do it. Should we?? My husbands' joking that we might get trampled, but I think it would be fun. It's the match Inter vs. Roma at the big Milan stadium. I think we buy tickets approx a week beforehand via internet. The kicker (pun intended) is that we would sacrifice a day in Amalfi coast to do it- down to 5 days. We already have plans to see Opera the night we land, then the soccer game would be the next afternoon. Anyone ever been to Italian football game???
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:03 AM
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We were in Rome last year when the city team won the country cup. It was wild and wonderful for 2 days afterwards and I would have given anything to be in the stadium for the game itself.

The Italian fans take the game seriously, but are not Lager Louts (i.e. vicious,dangerous vandals of person and property) like some of the British and Germans. You should enjoy it and be fine.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:08 AM
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Yes, and it is quite an experience. If you don't like soccer, don’t go, as the fans are pretty crazy. What time of year are you going? If it is between April and October, it would be a tough call for me as to whether to sacrifice the Amalfi coast. If you are going at other times, then 5 days on the coast is enough, as much will be closed.

As for the opera, I hope you know that the Scala Opera House is closed for renovations until at least the end of the year. You will be seeing the opera in their alternate venue, the new Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Via dell’Innovazione, Bicocca district, in the northern suburbs of the city. I haven’t been there; I am sure the experience will be nice, but just so you know not to expect La Scala. You may also need to look into transportation there.

A useful site for Milan is "hellomilano.com"
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:11 AM
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Tickets for Inter vs Roma a week ahead? You're sure that you have a source for them? I would be surprised if the game wasn't sold out.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:12 AM
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It does seem to me that it totally matters what interests you.

I would go in a heartbeat. Amalfi is only pretty.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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nancy:

You estimate of the Scala to be reopened at the end of the year is a bit optimistic. I will not tell the whole storuy here because this is not the place, but currently the Scala is no more. All that's left of the theater is the facade and a big hole in the ground.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:31 AM
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Alice, please tell us what happened.

Mel, I would go to the game, it should be an interesting, fun experience. The coast will still be there.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 11:50 AM
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Well, based on response, I think we are going to go for it. It will be the first week of April, and we're really not beach people, so 5 days in the Amalfi will probably be enough! For other's future reference, here is my source for football tickets: http://www.ticketone.it/jumpNews.asp...=0&idNews=8785 Which is Inter's official ticketing service. It is not a ticket broker (which are offering tickets at ~165 Euros!) and seems very legitimate with stadium diagram and staggered seat prices. Also, planning on using La Scala's website: http://www.teatroallascala.it/eng/homepage.htm Which sells (with a 20%surcharge) advance tickets 3 months before the show. (yes- at the alternate locale.) Anyone have any experience with buying tickets through these vendors?
 
Old Jan 8th, 2003, 04:08 AM
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Nick:

It is a long story. Scala was long due to close for one year for needed maintenance. The original plan was to close the theater for one year, send cthe orchestra and choir (and dancers) on tournèe and that's all. When the Arcimboldi theater was "built", the plan changed to closing down for two years and have the building undergo heavier works while the concerts and opera and ballets were staged at Arcimboldi. This project included removing all the furniture fo the theater and hve it placed in a temporary museum near the Arcimboldi. Projects were drawn, presented, approved, than changed. Right now the plan (which is more complex, expensive and will change the nature of the theater) is to completely rebuild the Scala, leaving only the facade in place, adding two large "towers" on top of the building: two squat towers in grey and black. Besides, the funiture has been destroyed (I do not know if partially or completely) during an "error" during the transport. The whole situation was made known by the green party member of the city "parliament" Milly Moratti and by TV show "Striscia la notizia".
Check out both the official city council site http://www.comune.milano.it/cantierescala/index.html and the site Dagospia (just ignore the porn comercials on one side) has the photos and, for those who can read Italian, the "Striscia la notizia" transcripts (http://213.215.144.81/public_html/50...colo_5336.html). Milly Moratti had been requesting more attention on the Scala ces for months, but she had always been ignored until a "Striscia la notizia" troupe flew an helicopter over the Scala site. The site itself had been closed to inspections from everyone, including the members of the city council. When, on december 18, the members of the city "parliament" finally got to visit the site, some said that not even after the bombong of Ww2 the Scala had been so utterly cut to pieces "It is like a 500 kg bomb had exploded in the middle of the Scala". (http://www.limen.org/BBCC/tutela/Con...la%20Scala.htm)
 
Old Jan 8th, 2003, 04:15 AM
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Some more link in English.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,857114,00.html
http://www.operaheb.co.il/news/enews/enews2002/index_fr.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2621597.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2562615.stm
 
Old Jan 8th, 2003, 12:54 PM
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Talk about a getting a taste of the local culture. Internazionale vs. AS Roma at the San Siro? Go for it!!!
 
Old Jan 8th, 2003, 11:22 PM
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Stadio Guiseppe Meazza (San Siro) is never sold out. You'll get tickets on the day ot the match, even. Such a big place. Take the underground to the match - free buses laid on once you exit the station, too.

Forza Inter.
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 02:21 AM
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I think you made a good choice, deciding on the soccer game. On a recent trip to Mexico, we went to two games, one in Morelia, the other in Mexico City. Both games were a lot of fun to attend, the fans were really into it, and it is a great change of pace from normal sightseeing.
 
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