Project Description

Balengo is the Turin dialect term for a weird or dumb person, while in the dialect of Milan Bauscia means bigmouth, chatterbox guy. The words are playfully used to indicate the inhabitants of the two cities. Often in friendly competition, Torino and Milano are mostly traveled for business and linked by fast trains and highways. We will do it slow instead! Cycling along the river Po shores, through the Lomellina rice fields, across canals and sleepy villages.
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!

4 days/3 nights

220 km/200 metres gain

Level: easy

Start/End: Turin/Milan

Info&Bookings

TORINO GREEN BELT | CANALE CAVOUR | THE RISOTTO RICE FIELDS | THE MONFERRATO HILLS | THE LOMELLINA FIELDS | PO RIVER | PIANURA PADANA PLAIN | PAVIA ! THE RURAL DINNERS | NAVIGLIO PAVESE CANAL | MILAN

Balengo is the Turin dialect term for weird or dumb person, while in the dialect of Milan Bauscia means Bigmouth, Chatterbox guy. The words are playfully used to indicate the citizens from the two cities. Often in friendly competition, Torino and Milano are mostly traveled for business and thus linked by fast trains and highways. We will do it slow instead! By bicycle from Torino to Milano following the river Po shores, through the Lomellina rice fields, and across ancient hydraulic marvels and country villages.

Day 1: we meet in the morning for the tour briefing and the set-up of our bicycles. We exit the city following Torino’s parks riding on the shores of river Po at the feet of the hills. We reach the old town of San Mauro then cross the brickstone bridge entering the park of Settimo. We are cycling through trails and dirt roads along the VenTo itinerary: VenTo is a cycleroute under development connecting Turin to Venice, where some parts are already bikeable while others are due to be completed within the next years. During our trip we will follow VenTo as much as we can, taking advantage of the existing sections and detouring along minor roads when unavailable. Get past the urban belt we hit Chivasso, the initial point of the 83 km long Cavour Canal, an hydraulic masterpiece built in the XIX Century to drive waters to the rice fields. Here is where the Padana plain begins in fact: the largest lowland of Italy extending from Piedmont to Veneto through Lombardia and Emilia along the course of river Po. We ride flanked by green rice fields and canals, until the rural town of Crescentino, our overnight stay. Tonight we will taste the renown risotto vercellese and much more!
DISTANCE: 52 km
ELEVATION: 80 mt

Day 2: an entire morning riding through the rice fields, the cultivated area is huge! So huge that locals use to call it the “squared sea”, because when the fields are flooded it can be seen only water to the horizon! We pass farms and villages surrounded by rice plantations, with birds flocks in the air, until we reach Casale at the beginning of Monferrato wine area. We pass the bridge and explore its pedestrian city center, enriched by medieval buildings and charming piazzas. We proceed out of town cycling at the feet of the hills along the natural reserve of river Po, following paths and trails. The castle of Pomaro standing upon the hillock indicates we are close to the arrival, a small ascents and there we go. Tonight a “cena Monferrina” dinner is the reward, with delights and wines from the Monferrato hills.
DISTANCE: 61 km
ELEVATION: 50 mt

Day 3: down the hillock and back along the river Po, crossing the old bridge dividing Piedmont from Lombardy. We just entered Lomellina, a region devoted to agriculture and farmings. We follow a network of minor and dirt roads across the Garzaia, a wetland area featuring breeding colonies of herons. Few farms and small villages along the way, there are more tractors than other means of transport! The woods gives way to rice fields and cultivated land, the church bells rings out the hours, a woman pushes the buggy, a peasant bid hallo: the bustling city life is so far away! We get past Cairo and ride towards Sannazzaro, home of the powerful noble family who ruled the Lomellina region from the X century all over the Middle Ages and to the XVIII century. We proceed now southwards getting closer to the river Po and we take the trail running beside the shores, then back along the paved embankment road until our family hotel restaurant: cosy stay and tasty Lomellina dinner, nothing better to end the day.
DISTANCE: 63 km
ELEVATION: 30 mt

Day 4: we are about the leave the Po itinerary after three days in company of the big river. We say goodbye to Eridano (so-called in the Roman Times) and head towards the ancient city of Pavia, a primary crossroad along the medieval Francigena pilgrim route connecting Canterbury in Britain with Rome, and an important commercial hub since the Roman age. We enter the historical centre crossing the celebrated covered bridge, 200 metres long, made of bricks and stones and featuring a splendid trussed roof. We slowly cruise surrounded by medieval and renaissance buildings, through piazzas and alleys, until we hit the Naviglio Pavese canal cyclepath starting just off the town. The canal was completed in 1819 and is part of a network of waterways called Navigli linking Milan with the province. We proceed alonside Naviglio Pavese through river villages then take a quick detour inland to the Certosa di Pavia monastery, one of the largest in Italy, erected from the XIV Century in Gothic and Renaissance styles. We are not far away from Milan, the urban density increases as long as we advance along the cyclepath. We step into the metropolis from its south gate Porta Ticinese and hit the nearby Naviglio Grande canal, the nightlife district of Milan: perfect place to celebrate the arrival of the tour with a classic Italian Aperitivo.
DISTANCE: 47 km
ELEVATION: 60 mt

Region: Piemonte, Lombardia
Start/End: Turin/Milan
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: 4 days/3 nights
Distance/Elevation Gain: 220 km/200 metres
Terrain: minor and dirt roads, bike paths
Accommodation: small family hotels
Recommended bike: MTB, 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 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 is 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 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 340€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– three nights stays in 3*** hotel and B&B, double room accommodation with breakfast
– three 3-course dinners drinks excluded
– four light lunches drinks 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 is not a licenced tour guide but a volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will pay his expenses like any other but it would 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

    Torino green belt
    Canale Cavour
    The Risotto rice fields
    At the feet of Monferrato hills
    Lomellina fields
    The Po river
    Pianura Padana plain
    Pavia
    The rural dinners
    Naviglio Pavese canal
    Milan



  • TOUR DETAILS

    Start/End: Turin/Milan
    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: 4 days/3 nights
    Distance/Elevation Gain: 220 km/200 metres
    Terrain: minor and dirt roads, bike paths
    Accommodation: small family hotels
    Recommended bike: MTB, Gravel, Touring
    Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled