Project Description

The largest riverside reserve established in Europe, protected by Unesco, stretches along river Ticino for over one hundred kilometres from Lake Maggiore to the Pianura Padana plain, through a valley rich in history, culture and biodiversity like few others in the Italian paeninsula. The itinerary rolls mostly on gravel roads and trails in the woods, be prepared to put your offroad skills to the test!
The bike tour is free tip-based. It takes place all year on request, just tell us your preferred dates and we’ll make it happen!

2 days/1 night

102 km/400 metres gain

Level: Easy-Intermediate

Start/End: Golasecca/Pavia

Info&Bookings

THE FOREST TRAILS | ABBEY OF MORIMONDO | THE ROPE BRIDGE | LANCA DI BERNATE LAGOON | THE NOBLE VILLAS | NAVIGLIO GRAND CANAL BIKE PATH | THE RIVERSIDE VILLAGES | BEREGUARDO PONTOON BRIDGE | PAVIA AND PONTE VECCHIO| TICINO EMBANKMENT ROAD

The Valley of Ticino is a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve and the largest riverside reserve in Europe. It stretches along the course of river Ticino between Piemonte and Lombardy, running for over 100km from Lake Maggiore until the Padana plain, in a territory rich in history, culture and biodiversity.
The valley comprehend primary forests, woods, river shores, wetlands and streams, a landscape which has been preserved since the Roman Imperial times as a testimony of the original environment. Together with the ancient ecosystem it shows a pretty unique rural and leisure carachter, with farms, canals and noble residences built throughout the centuries and still active today.

Day 1: We start from Golasecca, the settlement of tribes living before the Romans who developed a sophisticated culture, and reach the Canale Villoresi cycling the bike path on the shore up until the Alzaia Ticino River bike path. The windy path runs quietly on the shores surrounded by farms. Just passed the Naviglio Grande we leave the canal taking a trail in the woods, and little ahead we must cross a stream, we’ll do that using the only possible passage, a 40 feet-high rope bridge!
We keep following the trail in the deciduous forest along the Ticino river bank: the surface is a bit uneven and requires good driving skills, but again it is a real funny ride for those who like gravel and dirt roads. All around us is all primary forest with no sign of human intervention, we’re back to 2000 years ago. We pass another stream on a wooden boards bridge and cross the wormwood forest to reach the precious Lanca di Bernate lagoon, one of the most important ecosystems of the Ticino reserve.
Out of the lagoon the Naviglio Gran Canal bike path runs parallel to the Ticino river, we leave the trail and take it until the village of Robecco, home to the Milan noble families since the XVI century, our final destination today.
DISTANCE: 54 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 280 mt

Day 2: We leave Robecco and follow the Naviglio Gran Canal bike path, getting passed Abbiategrasso and reaching the Abbey of Morimondo, built in Gothic style in year 1182. We will have the opportunity to visit this stunning monastery and get to know the daily life of monks in the Middle Ages.
It’s time to leave the bike path and move towards the forest’s paths of the Ticino reserve again. We’ll now be cycling a sector of the European Long Distance Path, a walking route for trekkers starting in North Cape and ending in Sicily. Few km ahead we cross the floating bridge and reach the west side trail of the reserve: we’re surrounded by trees and streams, but sometimes the forest gives space to open fields where it’s easier to spot the white storks living in this area.
After 25km in the woods we get out of the forest and take the beautiful Ticino embankment road which runs above the river level, giving spectacular views over the winding waters. Along the shores we can spot the ancient Via Francigena trail, traveled by pilgrims in the old times and now very popular amongst the excursionists. Passed the scenic white bend we leave the embankments and descend to the Francigena, which we follow it until the Ponte Vecchio covered bridge, the gate to Pavia’s historic city centre. The former capital of the Lombards welcomes us in its pedestrian streets and medieval piazzas. A toast in the main square will be a perfect way to end this tour.
DISTANCE: 58 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 120 mt

Region: Lombardia
Start/End: Golasecca/Pavia
When: On Request from March to November
Info&Bookings: info@easytorino.com or fill the form above
Cost: free tip-based
Level of difficulty: easy-intemediate
Lenght: 2 days/1 night
Distance/Elevation Gain: 102 km/400 metres
Terrain: trails, bike paths
Accommodation: b&b and private house
Recommended bicycle: gravel, touring. You can join with your own bike or we can help renting one (regular or E-bike)
Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled

The tour is on request, you choose the date and we’ll do our best to make it happen. It takes place all year round according to the time availability of the bike host. Usually Spring, Summer and Fall are the best periods considering weather ad temperatures.
For Info&Bookings contact info@easytorino.com or fill the form above.

The outing is free tip-based: EASYTORINO is not a tour operator nor about guided tours nor a professional activity. It’s a welcome club of locals who love to share their places with the travelers, like with friends. You will pay your personal expenses (meals, visits, accommodation) directly to the businesses. They may may vary depending on the travel period, menu chosen, type of room, number of participants. The figures shown are therefore approximate based on average.
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PERSONAL EXPENSES 185€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– one night stays in 3*** hotel, double room with breakfast
– one 3-course dinner wines and spirits excluded
– two light lunches wines excluded
Additional services such as luggage transport, private transfer to/from, bike rental, shall be quoted upon request.

The ride is hosted by an english speaking local expert (bike host) from our group: he’s not a licensed tour guide but a volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will pay his expenses like any other but it woud be nice to split his bills (accommodation and meals) amongst the participants. If you enjoyed the tour you can tip him at the end.

We do not take responsability for accidents of any kind nor provide any insurance. These are open rides, every participant is responsible for his/her actions and the resulting consequences, and certify that he/her is sufficiently experienced, in good health and in proper phisical condition to ride the proposed tours. We strongly suggest you to get a Cycling Liability Insurance and a Travel/Medical Insurance before joining. By joining our tours you acknowledge you have read and accepted our Entry Waiver Form (click to open)


  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    The wild forests trails
    Abbey of Morimondo
    The rope bridge
    Lanca di Bernate
    The noble residences
    Naviglio Grande canal bike path
    The Via Francigena trail
    The riverside towns
    Bereguardo pontoon bridge
    Pavia
    Ticino embankments road



  • TOUR DETAILS

    Start/End: Golasecca/Pavia
    When: On Request from March to November
    Info&Bookings: info@easytorino.com or fill the form above
    Cost: free tip-based
    Level of difficulty: easy
    Lenght: 2 days/1 night
    Distance/Elevation Gain: 102 km/400 metres
    Terrain: trails, bike paths
    Accommodation: b&b and private house
    Recommended bike: Gravel, Touring, MTB (rental available)
    Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled