Pro cyclist Neil Bezdek, who’s in Italy to race the Red Hook Criterium Milano on Saturday, shared these wonderful photos from a weekend ride on the streets of Milan.

Shot in and around the Piazza del Duomo, the largest square in Milan, they capture Italian citizens of all ages at their Sunday leisure on two wheels. Pour yourself a cappuccino and enjoy the view of the cobbled streets:

Above: The Gothic Milan Cathedral, the Duomo, the fourth-largest in the world.

Above: Neil pauses in the shadow of the facade of the the Royal Palace of Milan, one of the landmarks that line the Piazza del Duomo.

Above: The arch behind the cyclist is the entry to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, on the opposite side of the plaza from the palace and adjacent to the Duomo. The glass-covered pedestrian passageway, lined with exclusive shops, is considered the oldest shopping mall in the world.

Finding the streets eerily quiet on Sunday, Neil later learned that motor traffic had been banned in Milan for 10 hours in an effort to reduce smog. According to a report from the BBC, this measure is triggered whenever pollution exceeds a statutory limit in Milan for 12 straight days.

photos: david august trimble

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