DomenicAspasso - this weekend

Sunday 17 March is the first of this year’s DomenicAspasso traffic-free Sundays, when pedestrians and cyclists will take command of Milan’s streets for a rich programme of events, while cars and motorcycles (except for exempted categories) will be banned from 10.00 to 18.00.

Dedicated mainly to cycling, the first of the eight DomenicAspasso breaks will see the start of the 104th Milan-Sanremo race, with cyclists gathering in Piazza Castello from 08.25 and staggered departures from  Via della Chiesa Rossa until after 10.00.

Milan’s Sport Club Genoa 1913 will mark its 100th birthday by cheering the start of the Milan-Sanremo race, and then setting off for group rides along two traffic-free panoramic routes through the city, 12 or 32 km, setting out from Foro Bonaparte and open to cylists and families from eight to 90 years old.  Sign up for free participation on the dedicated website.

For those who prefer running, the first edition of the Parco Sempione Trophy relay over a 10-km. course through the park will start at 08.30 in the civic arena in Viale Byron.  Included in the €7 sign-up fee is a certificate to allow runners to return home by car.  Details are on the race website.  

The annual BicinFesta spring cycling event will see bikers gathering in Via Dante from 09.00 in time for the departure at 10.45.  The rally will head for the finishing party in the Centro Sportivo Rogoredo ’84, with extraction of the raffle prizes, snacks, music and dancing.  Sign up from Saturday at the gazebo on the corner of Piazza Cairoli – €5 for adults, €3 for kids and members of family groups – and pick up the free back-pack filled with gadgets.

But there’s also plenty to do for those who prefer to take it easy.  A gentle guided walk through points of interest in the city centre will start at 09.00 at theArco della Pace, and visit 14 places of interest – including entry to the city acquarium and the Gallery of Modern Art – before finishing in Piazza Duomo at 14.00.  Tickets cost €10, with a discount for members of the Cral cultural association.  Sign up by fax or email or at the Cral office in Via Bezzecca, and find the details on the website.

Touring Club Italiano is cooperating with the city administration to organise free visits with musical background to nine churches and archaeological sites throughout the city.  Details are on the TCI website.

Many other events will be organised throughout the city, including the Surprise Tram for kids, a free 30-minute ride with educational activity, with five departures each from Piazza Castello and Piazza Fontana.  Details are on the ATM website.

And not only Milan: this Sunday will be traffic-free also in the comuni of Buccinasco, Cesano Boscone, Cormano, Locate di Triulzi, San Donato Milanese and Settimo Milanese.