Stage #4: Milan – Brescia

Stage #4: Milan – Brescia

Leave on the left the triumphal Arco della Pace (km 0) and follow the perimeter of Parco Sempione, the elegant gardens all around Castello Sforzesco, the magnificent entrance of Milan’s downtown (Duomo and Cenacolo are just few miles away).

Polittico di San Martino Treviglio AIDA
Polittico di San Martino Treviglio – Butinone and Zenale

You will pass near Piazza Gae Aulenti and Conca dell’Incoronata, designed by Leonardo: after a while, you will find on the right the canal Naviglio Martesana which was mainly projected by Da Vinci.

Follow the canal among beautiful villas, nice villages (Cernusco, Gorgonzola, Cassano) and the upper subway line M2, till the river Adda (km36). River Adda presents its own cycle route, linking Lecco (40 Km North) and Lodi (30 Km South).

Cross the river on the pedestrian bridge and head for Treviglio: you can’t miss the gorgeous Polittico in San Martino’s church.  Head for Caravaggio, whose name was attributed to the famous painter, then Fornovo and Bariano.

You have now arrived on the river Serio (km 56): if you follow the river on the left,  you will get beautiful Bergamo (20 Km).  Go straight on till Romano, where you can visit Santa Maria Assunta in the main square: you will find the Last Supper by  G.B. Moroni.

AIDA Last Supper Romano
Last Supper by Moroni, in Romano di Lombardia

Proceed now towards river Oglio (km 71).  Oglio river presents its own cycle route, linking Passo del Tonale (143 Km North) and Po river close to noble Mantova (135 Km South).

Pass through the vineyards of Coccaglio, Rovato and Paderno which are located at the heart of Franciacorta, home of the famous wine.  After Passirano‘s castle you will finally see the city profile of vibrant Brescia, the 1.000 fountains city.

Cross the river Mella (km 109) and enter from Borgo Trento till the very centre of the city: Piazza della Loggia and Piazza della Vittoria, with the oldest italian skyscraper by Marcello Piacentini.

When you are in Brescia, don’t miss the ancient Foro Romano di Santa Giulia and the Complesso Monastico Longobardo di San Salvatore, which are UNESCO site easily reachable by bike.

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Stage #5: Brescia – Verona