By Bike

via latteaComing from the center of Cisliano, following the SP (Provincial Route) 114 to Albairate, just out of the village you will find this important Farmhouse situated in a still green and unspoilt area; the rural environment in which it is inserted is emphasized by the present condition of its buildings, which would require a restoration: the oldest part of the Farmhouse is from the sixteenth century but probably the largest gateway in ashlar has all the grandeur of the Baroque.

 

In the middle of the Farmhouse, among modern buildings, there is the most important church dedicated to Sts Bernard, Macario and Bordono: it is one of the oldest in the area of Cisliano, dating from the mid-sixteenth siecle. It appeared already in the pastoral visits of S . Charles era and it was officiated by a Chaplain poorly educated and not in line with the precepts of Trent: even the Cardinal Federico Borromeo, who wanted to visit the church, found it closed.

 

The oldest description we own of the eighteenth-century visits of the Cardinal Pozzobonelli: the church was rectangular with the altar decorated with a painting, it is essentially the same church that we see today, which preserves frescoes dated the sixth century with the Virgin, the Child and Saints Bernardo and Ambrose. The exterior has an interesting structure with blind arches supported by Doric half-pillars (pilasters) and a circular opening above the entrance door with a brick frame. The same type of decoration is in the bell tower: this is not a building of particular value in relation to building quality, but it is interesting because of the desire to rationalize and refine the masonry through regular openings, a Renaissance attempt to measure the space that is still affected by the fifteenth-century decorative taste

 

A plaque above the door indicates that the church is under the patronage of the Resta family which the coat of arms appears, and it is dated August 19th, 1569, probably the date of erection of the church. The history of the building and its originality, as well as the context in which it stands, still intact, and the presence of frescoes still visible a few decades ago, necessitate an adequate restoration and enhancement of this elegant and ancient rural church.

 

albairate fagianaStarting from Abbiategrasso by bike, one of the most characteristic itineraries is the one that connects the city to Fagiana natural Park, within the territories of the Ticino Park.

 

The route winds along Naviglio Abbiategrasso trafficking of delights , touching the territories bordering the channel: Albairate, Robecco and Ponte Vecchio. With no special difficulties and mainly closed to cars transit, the route offers a chance to explore the nature and history of this part of the waterway.

 

The first part of the route is entirely cyclable along the canal and up to Ponte Vecchio, where you leave the cyclalble to continue on a paved road affected by a limited vehicles transit. By following this path in the direction of Fagiana Natural Park you’ll reach after a few kilometers, Cascina Bullona. The farm is home of a Holydays Farm and it offers the opportunity to refresh themselves before delving into the intricacies of the Fagiana forest. Within the reserve is possible to observe unique species of flora and fauna, including deer, typical of the TicinoPark.

 

labbaziaThe Naviglio towpath stretch that connects Abbiategrasso-Morimondo, is a short path, about 5 km, closed to vehicular traffic.

 

The path runs along the canal and on to the Municipality of Bereguardo.

 

The landscape presents all the characteristics of the Lombardy area: poplars, willows and hedges protect rice and corn fields. Farms and rural villages (Bugo Farm, Ozzero fraction) are the corollary to the agricultural landscape.

 

Once left fields behind, you reach the territory of Morimondo, where the valley, which slopes gently toward the woods, satisfies the view. The scenic beauties are a secondary aspect of Morimondo: it is the Abbey, with its eight centuries of history, to become the main protagonist. The architectural element, which is typical of Cirstercian, was built between the '200 and the '300 and its emblem is clay. This material well suited the style of austere monastic life and, moreover, it was readily available on site.

mappaitinerarioThe agricultural landscape of the area that extends to the south-west of Milan still offers an enchanting nature and unique sightseeings worth visiting, so why not jump on the saddle of a bike and discover them during an afternoon in the countryside? Do not worry, there will be tasty stops!

 

 

The place

 

 

A pedaling after the others, you can see forests with different arboreal species, mostly cultivated fields with corn, rice and wheat, poplar , ditches and canals (still containing a good fish fauna) within towns and monuments of high historical and artistic value . Not infrequently, you might see herons, egrets, buzards and mallards, if you are lucky you can also see foxes, pheasants and mini hares.

 


 

 

The starting point

 

 

Morimondo parking was set as starting point for convenience. It is reachable by car along the highway 526 and turning right, for those coming from Milan, at the first entrance of the town of Morimondo (just after the cemetery), where you will find at 50 meters the entrance of the parking. For the more athletic ones, that wanted to get to the starting point by the bike, just walk the towpath of Naviglio Grande to Abbiategrasso, then take the towpath of the Bereguardo Naviglio and continue on the same up to 500 meters after the IV basin turning then to the right and coming right in front of the cemetery.

 


 

 

The path

 

 

The route is a loop of about 15 km that crosses Morimondo, Fallavecchia and Besate growing on paved roads and dirt tracks leading the visitor to the rediscovery of the agricultural landscape, among farms, cultivated fields, forests and meadows. The suggestion is guaranteed.

 

From the parking area, take the road down that you will find in front of you, keeping the left for 500 meters along the small road that passes below the village of Morimondo. Putting shoulder to the Abbey, get onto the dirt road that you find to your right and follow it for 800 meters while keeping your right. Turn left and continue for about 1 km, passing through a small wood until you reach the small bridge in front of Cascina Cerina di Mezzo. Then turn left and continue keeping to the paved road that will lead you to Cascina Caremma. The road here will again be dirt for about 2 km, returning then to the asphalt near Besate town.

 

Turning left at the first stop, after 200 meters you will reach the square of the village, where you can admire the war memorial. Turn left again and drive for 1.1 km then take the Highway 526 and at the first sharp bend take the paved road that winds through the small town of Fallavecchia. Then, exit from the arch and turn right onto the street you will find a little later in front of you on the other side of the highway. Follow the above for 1.5 km, until you arrive at Cascina Fornace, turning left and getting onto the towpath of the Bereguardo Naviglio, that you will follow, passing closest to a beautiful stone bridge dating back to 800, for 3.5 km then turn left and after 600 meters you’ll find yourself in front of the starting point.

 


 

 

Cascina Caremma

 

 

About half of the roupte you will find Cascina Caremma where you can enjoy a unique beer, produced by the same company in collaboration with the lab beer obtained from organic products. Among other things, you will find at Parco Ticino info point really interesting news. Even in the home of Besate you can find bars and pubs where to drink, and in particular we recommend Zyme Pub where you can be lead in sensory, smelled and  tasted journeys, to discover the many faces of the different beers that this place has to offer. If you arrive at the end, we recommend an excellent home made ice cream at Repossi Ice-Cream shop , found in the town square of Morimondo

 

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da rosate a vermezzoThe old road connecting Rosate to Gudo Visconti is the first part of a wider path that leads up to Vermezzo and which is connected  to the towpath of Naviglio Grande.

 

The first part of the route is affected by vehicular traffic, although much reduced thanks to the parallel SP30 road. In proximity of the area of Gudo municipality, the presence of a small church, the Peace Kiosk, is emphasized. It was built between the XV and the XVI centuries. The route services, the Municipalities of Rosate, Gudo Visconti, Zelo Surrigone  and Vermezzo . 

 

Each of the towns crossed by the bike path is worth for a visit, Gudo with the recent renovation of the Church and with the Main Square is really worth for a visit. The reason is similar to the other countries’ part of the itinerary, although special consideration is required for Vermezzo. This is the last village before the connection to the towpath of Naviglio Grande, allowing hikers for a stop having a dual value: regenerating after tirings and rewarding from the historical and cultural standpoint thanks to the presence of Palazzo Pozzobonelli Panigarola, which was built on the ruins of the local castle belonged to the Pozzobonelli family.

 

At the end of ‘400, the Palace was bought by Gustavo Panigarola administrator of Ludovico the Dark, who renewed it with frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante’s style. He returned in ‘700 to the original family, the palace was chosen as the summer residence of the Joseph Pozzobonelli Cardinal, Archbishop of Milan. The village square is also a great place for a long stop due to the presence of numerous trees and the view from the Church of St. Zenone.

 

The path can then continue on the towpath of Naviglio Grande towards Abbiategrasso or Gaggiano.

 

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