The pope is coming to Milan, along with literally about a million people...yikes! Want the scoop, in case you want to attend, or to avoid those areas of town that will be absolutely swamped!?...More...
Here's the scoop!
Tuesday, May 29, morning: Fiera MilanoCity, the old convention center in town (on the "Amendola" stop of the red/#1 metro line, or the "Domodossola" stop of the blue line/"Passante"--there are lots of blue line trains available at various points throughout the city, check to make sure that you're on one that stops at "Domodossola," or you might end up in another town!), welcome and opening remarks; the Fiera web site is in English, yeah!: http://www.micmilano.it/DoveSiamo_en.html)
Wednesday, May 30: Fiera MilanoCity, from 9:30 A.M. through the rest of the day, welcome and speeches in the morning, sessions in the afternoon; masses at unspecified (regular and/or special?!) times in parish churches; dinner with parish families followed by parish celebratory events
Thursday, May 31: Fiera MilanoCity, from 9:30 A.M. through the rest of the day, welcome and speeches in the morning, afternoon sessions (at MilanoCity and throughout Lombardy) followed by dinner and celebrations at the event locations
Friday, June 1: Fiera MilanoCity, from 9:00 A.M., speeches, then afternoon events throughout town followed by dinner with host families or at the various parishes. 8 P.M. concert at La Scala (only for the "delegations," sorry folks!), followed by 9:30 P.M. Adoration of the Eucharist at the Duomo and at various churches throughout town
Saturday, June 2: morning celebrations in parishes and with various groups (unspecified times and places); the afternoon is dedicated to reaching the venue where the pope will be, presumably the "Parco Nord" ("Park on the north of town"), Bresso airport, because that's where the "Feast of Testimonies" with the pope is to be.
YIKES! How to get there? I couldn't find the info on the "Family" web site, but I hunted around in Milan's public transportation web site (http://www.atm-mi.it) to give you a helping hand, so here it is:
FOR VIA CLERICI, BRESSO (on the southern end of Bresso's airport): take Milan's yellow metro/#3 to the Zara stop--CHECK with the subway guys, your ticket will need a supplement. Go up to the street level, and take the 31 bus/tram heading towards Cinisello Balsamo for 15 stops, get off at the via Clerici stop.
FOR VIALE MATTEOTTI/VIALE GRANDI, BRESSO (on the long western side of Bresso's airport): take Milan's yellow metro/#3 to the Comasina stop--CHECK with the subway guys, your ticket will need a supplement. Go up to the street level, and take the 83 bus/tram heading to the Ca' Granda for 8 stops. Get off at the via Villa stop, and walk straight down via Villa a bit to the airport (viale Matteotti/viale Grandi). N.B., this will probably be the faster route because the part in the metro is much longer.
Sunday, June 3: 10 A.M., High Mass presided by Benedict XVI at "Parco Nord," Milan, Bresso airport
Want to register (it might be obligatory, at least for certain events)? Want more info? See their website (in English, yeah!): http://www.family2012.com/en/program/