Lodi, the town of Barbarossa, is surprisingly close to Milano but you might not know or ever thought to reach it by bike for a nice trip out of city. This itinerary gives you the chance to do so and you will certainly be amazed by how beautiful nature can be even close to a city like Milano.
The route starts on the Martesana cycle path, the canal which connects Milano to the river Adda, until Cassano where this waterway turns towards other directions. From this point on, and for a long stretch, the Muzza canal will surprise you. The Muzza is a flourishing canal which draws water from the Adda river and since the Middle Ages has allowed the agriculture and zootechnical development of the Lower Po Valley. The city of Lodi will welcome you with important monuments that overlook the beautiful square. Different sceneries await you on your way back, enriched by the beautiful abbeys Viboldone and Chiaravalle. This is an interesting bike tour for an escapefrom the city.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Milano.
Hotel accommodation and briefing: delivery of information package and bicycles. Overnight stay in Milano.
Day 2: Milano – Lodi km 64
From the metropolis, the route follows the well-known Martesana cycle path up to Cassano d’Adda, where you may take a break to see Villa Borromeo and Castello Visconteo. Then the route follows the banks of the Muzza canal in a context dominated by the environmental and agricultural elements of the fertile valley of Lombardy. Until your destination, the route will follow dirt roads, fully surrounded by the green nature, so unespected few kilometres away from Milan. When you arrive in Lodi, do not miss the Duomo, Piazza della Vittoria and Incoronata Sanctuary. Overnight stay in a wonderful farmhouse.
Day 3: Lodi and surroundings (from 27 km to 54 km) Extra day
There are many chance to discover by bike Lodi, a delightful city founded in 1158 by Frederick Barbarossa, and its surrondings, thanks also to a dense network of cycling path throughout the area. You may be attonished by the view of an ancient abbey, surronded by the typical rural and plain landscape of the Lower Po Valley. You may also go back in the history, following a stretch of the Via Francigena, which pilgrims from all over the world have walked to go to Rome, or you can cycle along the banks of the River Po. Overnight stay in a wonderful farmhouse in Lodi.
Day 4: Lodi – Milano km 50 (Abbeys Tour)
On the way back to Milan, the itinerary offers a splendid view of the territory that since the Middle Ages has been shaped by man with hydraulic works for military purposes, agricultural and trade routes and communication. You can also admire the architecture: each village crossed retains pretty churches, small fortifications and farmsteads. Before entering in Milan, you will have the opportunity to visit the abbeys Viboldone and Chiaravalle, where Giotto’s followers arrived in the Fourteenth century to paint wonderful frescos. Overnight stay in Milan.
Day 5: Milano
Breakfast and end of the biketour.
You may ask for an extra night.