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Answer by a local here. I work 200 meters from Duomo of Milan, so I find them at the underground exit every morning. First and foremost, remember that most of the people doing this are pushed by a local "mafia" system. Therefore a good amount (from 70 to 80%) of their pay is just thrown away, and they live in a deplorable condition, so if you don't want to ...


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You have to be assertive, just say NO! (or BASTA! or any other local equivalent ) loud and direct. That is how most locals deal with them. Don't interact with them, don't engage; turn/move away. If you feel threatened, walk away towards a store, shop or other places that look to be official (museum entrance, ...) and if you see a police, walk towards them....


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It's the seed tufts of a poplar species, specifically Populus nigra: As this article says: The tree loves a wet, marshy soil. Which explains why there are so many poplars around Milan and in the Po River plain generally, which is a pretty soggy place. And in Milan, the problem of flying white fluff was truly awful. These pictures are not from Milan but ...


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Ignore them. Don't engage in conversation. A polite but firm NO should suffice whilst walking away assertively. Unfortunately these things are very common in large cities in mainland Europe.


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Strictly speaking, they are the seeds and not the pollen :-) Milano and surroundings are really green and full of mountains and trees and parks, poplars especially are quite popular (pun intended), and what you see is what it's mainly called "lanugine di pioppo"/"poplar fuzz". It's quite complicate and I'm not a botanic myself, so I'll go for a simple ...


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Tap water is always drinkable in Italy, especially in the cities (of course, it may be a little bit different if you are talking about a cottage in the middle of nowhere). The real question is how good is that. For instance, in Rome the water has a very strong percentage of limestone and it taste doesn't very good. For this reason, several people tends to ...


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If possible, behave as if you are not a tourist; their main goal is to attract tourists because they know locals won't fall for their tricks. When they approach you, simply say: "No, grazie!" (pronounced as: ˈɡrat.tsje) - if they insist, repeat once more - maybe in a bit louder tone, while still not offensive :) - and they should go away at that point! ...


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Public Transport to/from Milano Malpensa Two options come to mind. 1. Malpensa Shuttle The Malpensa Shuttle takes you from Malpensa to Milano Centrale, the main train station in Milan, in (claimed) 45 minutes. Single fare is 10EUR. The shuttle also stops at Rho-Fiera which is a Metro A stop that is not exactly in the city centre but is well served by ...


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The solution is having the right attitude. See, they will try to exploit your weakness. In this case, being polite is a weakness. Don't be afraid of looking rude. Engaging in a conversation is a mistake. They'll manage to have your sympathy, and from there it will be easy for them to ask you for money, because you'll feel sorry about not giving it. You have ...


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This is, for a 3+ hour drive, pretty much as easy as it can get. It's a drive 100% over Italian and swiss highways. It is also pretty much one straight line north - on the same road, with only one single fork in the road. If you print out a google navigation beforehand and stick to the road, you basically cannot do anything wrong. If you are willing for ...


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Take the bus. Idbus has three connections per day. It takes 8 1/2 hours and the price is 29 or 39 EUR, depending on the departure time . Alternatively, you can also have a look at Eurolines. The train is a bit faster, but also more expensive. For the day you mention, prices start at 48 EUR. Easyjet used to operate between Milano Malpensa and Lyon. But they ...


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The majority of shops will be open on Monday 28th of December. The reason being that Monday is neither a typical closing day, nor is the 28th a public holiday. This is especially true for large shopping centres and brand stores. Some might have shortened their opening hours during the school holidays, although usually this occurs during pre-festive days such ...


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You have at least two options: Bus + train The nearest railway station to Courmayeur is Pré-St. Didier, approximately 6 km from Courmayeur. To get from Courmayeur to Pré-St. Didier, take a bus with SAVDA. This bus departs several times per day and takes 10 minutes. You need busline 176. It's also possible to take this bus all the way to Aosta, but it's ...


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It is possible. You can go by train. The trip on a direct train takes 3h40. Schedules and prices can be fond on the SBB website. You can arrive Milan between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM, stay until more or less 6:30 PM and be back in Zurich around 11:00 PM. The lowest price I found was 125 CHF. If possible, i.e. if your package allows this, I would already go ...


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In my opinion the shuttle bus is the cheaper option because the total price will be 52 euro (13 euro each adult, 6.50 euro each kid between 2-12 years). For comparison, taxi ride price from Malpensa to Linate is 85 euro. In addition 5 people will have a lot of bags, so the shuttle bus is the best option in order to carry them easily.


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You can find a TIM point in almost all shopping centers, or phone shops because they are retailers in Italy. You can use the "store search" on the website (You can also shop Sim Card on Online Store) https://www.tim.it/trova-negozio?_DARGS=/browse/trovaNegozio.jsp# The better simcard in Italy are Vodafone, Tim and Wind. I will not recommend '3'. UPDATE: ...


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Your best bet is to take the Malpensa Express to either Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi, and from there take a high speed train to Firenze. This can be either Trenitala's Freccia Rossa from Centrale, or Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori's Italo leaving from Porta Garibaldi. All the links provided allow you to book the tickets in advance. The reason you ...


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This answer is solely based on personal experience. Having lived through the paper-to-magnetic ATM ticket transition I can say that the tickets are valid forever provided that: The ticketing system (printing and reading machines) doesn't change The time lapse to use/convert old tickets doesn't expire Indeed I've used paper tickets for several years after ...


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I see five ways to salvage the situation. Spend the night in Milan and leave early on the following day. You will then be in Antibes around noon. Take the train to Ventimiglia and spend the night there. On the following day, continue to Antibes. You will then be able to arrive in Antibes in the early morning Rent a car in Milan, drive to Antibes and drop it ...


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Doing Zurich to Milan in a day is totally doable, if it's worth it it's up to you. From Trenitalia site you can check the train availabilty. I looked Zurigo to Milano Centrale and the first train leaves at 07:09am and arrives in Milano at 10:50am, it costs 71€. The last train leaves from Milano Centrale at 19:10 and arrives in Zurigo at 23:21, it costs the ...


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The possible train solutions can be found in the Trenitalia site. Currently the cheapest train from Milan to Ventimiglia is the regional train. It takes almost five hours and costs 22.25 euros. It is possible, anyway, to find some good offers for faster trains at a price lower than the one of the regional train. These discounted seats have some limitations,...


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Generally speaking, http://bahn.de/ is very good to find train connections, even if you are not traveling through Germany and/or cannot book that particular route through the site. Usually, you could therefore check in advance if the train runs on the days you are interested in but it won't help in this case. The problem is not Thello's 120-day booking ...


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Milano Centrale station has a [left luggage office(http://www.milanocentrale.it/en/service/detail/left-luggage1); for 9 hours the fee is €7.80. There are of course toilets (with a €1 fee), but unfortunately no shower. It seems that there is a wifi hotspot too, I can't find any information as to whether it's free. While there are hotels in Milan with day ...


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First, if you gave them your actual address, they might mail you regarding this, but they might as well give up on the fine. The payment process at the "posta" refers to Italian post offices only. Should you plan another trip to Italy soon, you might solve it then. Finally, if you want to be over-correct and get this solved, you can contact their "Customer ...


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It's not very clear what you mean with "explore the area between" since you will spend all days in cities. Anyway, since I guess it just means how to move from Milano to Roma, you have possibly two ways: Trains: on that route you can take the FRECCIA ROSSA which is a somewhat new train (for Italians standard) with wifi on board, nice seats and so on. It is ...


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New Years day is a public holiday there. So yes, many places will be closed. Indeed, many shops stay closed until the 6th, with winter sales starting again on the 7th of January. This is reflected in a post on tripadvisor: Restaraunt wise we were amazed at how many closed over New Year. I expected some would be closed on the 1st but some were ...


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Late to the game, but if it can help somene... You can find rails tickets from Milano to Monaco on Thello In 2017, price is 15€ if you book your ticket 1 month (or more) in advance. But if you need it for tomorrow, the cost may go up to 42€. There are 3 trains per day, usually 7AM, 11AM and 3PM. The journey takes approximatively 4h30.


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This is the official tourism site and you can actually find the timetable for Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore: Timetable: Tue-Sat: 09:30am-5:30pm Ticket: Free entrance. Reservations are required for groups: phone to 0039.02.20404175.


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