Short bike tour in the Milan - Pavia area

A 4- or 5- day bike trip in Lombardy
Cycling tour
Cycling Tours
Difficulty level 1
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITLOMB03C
Italy
Lombardy

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from 299€

An unique experience in two charming towns

Milano-Abbiategrasso-Pavia

This leisure bike trip dedicated to two marvellous and fascinating Italian towns, Milan and Pavia, is a unique cycle experience. The tour starts in Milan, you arrive at Pavia and then cycle back to Milan, following a green itinerary along the two main canals of the Lombard capital.

The route starts from the water basin Darsena di Porta Ticinese in Milan and leads, following the waters of the river for about 30 km, to the historic centre of the city of Pavia. It is a ring route that winds along the Naviglio Grande, it passes through the town of Abbiategrasso and past the monastery of Morimondo. On the last day, you return to Milan along the Naviglio Pavese. On the way back from Pavia to Milan, you will stop to admire the majestic and imposing Certosa di Pavia.

Historically, Milan is characterized by the presence of 3 channels that had made it the capital of water exchanges in northern Italy. Cycle paths have been recently created on the banks of these canals: in this way, you can go out of the city safely, in the same way retrace, and experience the ancient waterways. Moving away from Milan and the suburbs, the landscape becomes more and more rural, with numerous vegetable gardens and fields very close to the route.

You will then reach Pavia, the ancient capital of the Lombard Kingdom and home to one of the oldest universities in Italy, rich in historical places, some even hidden, such as the underground market.  The Visconti domination is clearly visible thanks to the castle and, as already mentioned, to the fantastic monastic complex of the Certosa di Pavia. On the way back from Pavia to Milan you will reach the square on which stands the majestic facade of the Certosa di Pavia, a Cistercian monastery and Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine Maria Madre, one of the most important monuments of the Italian Renaissance. The monument was commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti in 1393 to celebrate the power of the Dukes of Milan.

Cycling lane along the Naviglio Pavese,

We recommend a visit to the Charterhouse where you can admire the grave of Ludovico il Moro and Beatrice D’Este. Of particular interest are the frescoes and the small cloister.

This circular itinerary is a perfect proposal for a long weekend in history, culture, spirituality and good food: among the local products, a special mention to rice and excellent wines.

The four day tour has one night less in Pavia:

4-days

Day 1 arrival in Milan

Day 2 Milan, Abbiategrasso, Abbey Morimondo, Pavia (56 km / 34, 8 mi)

Day 3 Pavia, Monastery Certosa di Pavia and Milan (32 km / 19,9 mi)

Day 4 End of tour

The daily program of the 5-day tour

Arrival at your hotel and briefing: delivery of information material and bicycles. Milan is the capital of Lombardy, an amazing city with all the emotions it can give, a cultured, modern, lively city, full of beauty and works of art. The Duomo, with the bright Candoglia marble facade and late Gothic architecture, is the symbol of this metropolis of northern Italy.

Overnight with breakfast in Milan.

The cycle path starts in Milan, in the last part of the Naviglio Grande, the oldest of the Milan canal system. Along the way, you can admire the navigation locks, exceptional hydraulic engineering works. In Abbiategrasso do not miss a visit to the Convent of the Annunciation. With a small detour to the city centre, you can visit the castle and the picturesque alleys of the old town. The route continues south along the Bereguardo Naviglio cycle path, where you can admire the historic Ponte di Barche. The Cistercian abbey of Morimondo could be the ideal place for a break before reaching the city of Pavia, where the final stretch of the Ticino river flows.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Pavia.

Length: 56 km / 34, 8 mi

Difference in level: + 120m -165m

Today you can admire the city of Pavia with its medieval streets, the imposing Cathedral and the Visconteo Castle: Pavia is a people friendly city, to be discovered slowly.

Thanks to a circular path it is possible to reach the PO river, the longest river in Italy that crosses practically all of northern Italy from Piedmont to the Adriatic Sea. Obviously, you will cycle along a short but suggestive stretch, then return to Pavia.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Pavia.

Length: 35 km / 21,7 mi

Difference in level:  +95m -120m

Today, you still have some time to visit the historic centre of Pavia or you can choose to leave soon to ride back to Milan and dedicate yourself to this beautiful city.

The cycle path begins along the “Via Verde della Battaglia“, a great example of a perfectly shaped green belt that connects the monumental Certosa di Pavia, a sanctuary and monastery of rare beauty, to the city centre. Cycling along the Naviglio Pavese, you will return to Milan.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Milan.

Length: 32 km / 19,9 mi

Difference in level: + 70m – 40m

After breakfast ends this tour through the countryside of Milan

Possibility to book an extra night in Milan and extend your stay.

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 1
Short bike tour in the Milan - Pavia area
A 4- or 5- day bike trip in Lombardy

Milano-Abbiategrasso-Pavia

Code | ITLOMB03C
LEVEL 1

Easy, also suitable for cyclists with little experience and for families with children. The route is flat, winds on cycle paths and secondary roads. Children must have experience of riding a bicycle. The road surface is mainly asphalted with stretches on compact dirt tracks (just a few km).

Cycle paths: about 70%

Daily km: min. 32 km / 19,9 mi – max. 56 km / 34, 8 mi

Total km: 123 km / 76,4 mi

 
DEPARTURES:

Daily from April until end of October

 
PARTICIPANTS:

2 or more people (solo traveller on request)

 
START / FINISH:

Milan / Milan

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