Here is a bike tour around Milano that follows the ancient waterways and makes you look at yourself in one of the most beautiful lakes, Como Lake. Can’t you believe it? Then read the route and you will be amazed at how, starting from the Lombard capital, you can reach pleasant destinations by bike. From Milano, along one of the ancient waterways, the Naviglio Grande, you arrive in Pavia, already capital of the Lombard Kingdom and home to one of the oldest italian universities. It is a city rich in historical sites, where the domination of the Visconti family is witnessed above all by the castle, but also by the Certosa, close to Naviglio Pavese, where you will stop on the way back to Milano. From here you will ride along another canal, the Naviglio Martesana, which, passing through the places of Leonardo da Vinci, such as the Ecomuseum, will take you directly to Como Lake. In Milano you can take a guided tour, always by bike.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Milano.
Hotel accommodation and briefing: delivery of information package and bicycles. Overnight stay in Milano.
Day 2: Milano – Abbiategrasso – Pavia km 56
The cycle route starts from Milano, in the last stretch of the Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal of the Milanese canal system. Along the way you can admire the navigation locks, remarkable works of hydraulic engineering. In Abbiategrasso do not miss the visit of Convento dell’Annunciata. A short detour from the route towards the city centre allows you to visit the Castle and the picturesque streets of the old town. The route continues south along the bike path of the Bereguardo Naviglio, where you can see the historical boat bridge. The Cistercian abbey of Morimondo may be the right place for a break before reaching the town of Pavia, where the final stretch of the Ticino river runs. Overnight stay in Pavia.
Day 3: Pavia and Suburbs km 35
You can admire the city of Pavia thanks to its medieval streets, the impressive Duomo and the Visconti Castle: Pavia is a city on a human scale to be discovered slowly. With a circular bike path you can reach the river PO, the longest river in Italy that crosses virtually the whole of northern Italy from Piedmont to the Adriatic Sea. Obviously for you only a short stretch and then return to Pavia. Overnight stay in Pavia.
Day 4: Pavia – Milano km 32
You still have time to see the historic centre of Pavia. The cycle path starts along the “Via Verde of the Battle“, a great example of a green belt built to perfection, which links the monumental Certosa of Pavia, shrine and a monastery of uncommon beauty, to the city centre. Cycling along the Naviglio Pavese, your make your way back to Milano. Overnight stay in Milano.
Day 5: Milano – Trezzo d’Adda 40 Km
Your bike tour starts from the northern part of Milano, from the beginning of the protected cycle path of the Martesana canal, which was built in 1496 to help the connection between the city and Lake Como and Northern Europe. The route crosses a series of villages, where there are still ancient villas and towers, farmsteads, castles and signs that testify the presence and work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Just before arriving in Trezzo, your destination, on the opposite bank of the river Adda is the Crespi Workers’ Village. Overnight stay in Trezzo d’Adda.
Day 6: Trezzo d’Adda – Lecco 36 Km
In Trezzo, in addition to its beautiful old town, you can admire the ancient Visconti Castle, whose remains are the walls and the tower from which you can enjoy an unexpected view of the Adda river and the Bergamo Pre-Alps. The cycle path to Lecco goes down on the Adda river and skirts the majestic Taccani hydroelectric power station, dating back to the beginning of the last century. The itinerary continues northwards, meeting the other historical hydroelectric plants (the first to supply electricity to the city of Milano), the rapids of the Adda river, the small dams, and arrives in Imbersago at Leonardo’s Ecomuseum, where you can admire one of the works of the genius: the ferry, which is still working. Along the way to Lecco, you will find several places where to have a pleasant break: in Brivio or near the two lakes. Overnight stay in Lecco.
Day 7: Lecco
After breakfast you can take the train to Milano.
Possibility to ask for an extra night in Lecco or Milano.