My best football related moment in Milano...
I’ve spent so many wonderful moments in Milano and at Stadio San Siro that it’s actually really hard to pick out just one good moment… I mean, it could be the fantastic derby 01/02, when Milan beat Inter with 6-0, or my first match ever at the stadium (Milan-Juventus 2-2 00/01), or last years derby-victory, when Milan changed 0-2 to a victory, 3-2. Or when Milan won the league last year, 1-0 against Roma, or the big party-game against Brescia the week after. Or that night when Milan won the Champions League-final against Juventus in Manchester, and 50 000 people were gathered at San Siro to see the game at a big screen… Or… or… or… Well, you see my problem…
But if I have to say just one moment it is from the Champions League-game Milan-Real Madrid in the season 2002/03. The whole stadium was packed with people, totally sold out. The Curva Sud with the most hardcore Milan-supporters had done a great choreograph at the beginning of the match, and then lit up the whole curva in the second half with their fire-crackers. At the same time Milan was playing the best football I’ve seen, scored 1-0 and the whole stadium lifted them up with their songs.
It was during one of those seconds, in the second half, Gennaro Gattuso had done another heroic run over the whole pitch to win the ball, every spectator at the whole San Siro stood up and jump, it felt like the whole world was red and black that night…
Suddently it became too much, to many feelings in one moment. My eyes got filled with tears, I had to sit down, start breathing slowly, and then slowly get back to the game again… Fantastic moment, Grande Milan!
It had been a life long amibition of mine to attend a match at the San Siro, and it certainly was not a let down.
We purchased tickets online through the official AC Milan website at the cost of 28 euros for their Serie A match against Parma.
The game was oricginally to be played on the Sunday afternoon but we received and email notification from the AC Milan website informing us that it had been re-scheduled to the Saturday night with an 20.30 kick off. For television purposes i assume, money talks.
We arrived at the stadium and picked up our tickets from the ticket office no problem, although there were literally hundreds of touts flogging match tickets from the moment we arrived at the nearest metro station to when we arrived at the vincinity of the stadium.
We took our seats a full 45 minutes prior to kick off and already the stadium was over half full and the atmosphere was building. By the time kick off came round there were approx. 70,000 fans there. The atmosphere was crackling and the home end where all the 'ultras' gather was bouncing, with flares being let off, and huge banners waved.
The game was also pretty special with AC Milan running out 3-1 victors, young Brazilian legend in the maikng Kaka' being the star of te show. But what got me was the constant chanting from the home fans throughout the game and just the setting of the San Siro which is pretty breathtaking when full near to capacity.
Located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (exit to Piazza della Scala), Rizzoli is a modern book shop offering a wide range of books, album and guides.
It is actually one of the places I love in Milan because you can find all the books you want and especially tourist guides in English.
I'm a fan of Michelin Green Guides and this is the place from where I buy the guides for my next trips.
Usually you can find the guides in every book shop in Italy but those are only in Italian and even if I do speak Italian I hate the fact that they change the names of the places (e.g. Munchen is Monaco in Italian).
I have also found in this shop very good and detailed maps and interesting albums.
Jazz as you never heard
For Jazz fans there's no needs to introduce this club; it's the italian arm of the world famous Blue Note in New York ... and what an arm !!!!
It's a easy access club, meaning nobody will kill you if you step in with your sneakers and jeans jacket.
Musicians you can listen here are over the top and the restaurant inside is pretty good. Not tooooooooo casual, no shorts please ... but an easy access one
Buses and Trams around Milan
Buses are quiet efficient in Milan, the only thing is, since they are "Italian" buses, they are never punctual!! Milan's public transport is surprisingly good and pretty cheap compared to other major cities in Europe. You can buy a ticket for €1 (at a news stand or bar, not in a tram or bus!) that will take you as far as you can go within 75 minutes by metro, tram or bus.
Just be aware that when you change from tram or bus to metro you'll need a new ticket while when you change from metro to tram or bus you don't. If you have to travel every day you're better off buying a "carnet" (a booklet of 10 tickets) for €9.20, or a weekly or monthly pass.
Oh and ticket checks on busses and trams are rare, but when you get caught without a valid ticket it'll set you back €34 (€33 + the price of one ticket).