Pedalling in silence alongside the blue river, following a route that leads ideally to the heart of Milan.
The foot and bike path of the Ticino starts at the bridge that unites Castelletto with Sesto Calende, where the waters of the river calmly leave Lake Maggiore and soon are flowing in their channel between two wooded shores inhabited by many birds. The first stretch shares limited car traffic up to the crossroads with state route 336, at the fork for Somma Lombardo. From this point, signs of humans are limited to the works that block or deviate the currents to supply the electricity plants, canals and waterways and the route is safe until its end near the bridge of Tornavento. The bike path is well-marked and there is no risk of getting lost among the numerous passages from one towpath to another or the many junctions.
To return to the starting point, you can go to the train station of Oleggio. Follow a brief stretch of state route 527 carefully beyond the iron bridge to the first curve, then turn right onto the old Via Vecchia Ticino, which will bring you to the train station after about 6 km.
It is best to inquire in advance about schedules and the possibility to load bicycles on board.
Where to park: near the station
Suggested periodAll year
Not to missSesto Calende: the abbey of San Donato and the Civic Museum of Archaeology
The origins of human settlements in Insubria: Golasecca and the archaeological area of Monsorino
Somma Lombardo: the dikes of Panperduto
Vizzola Ticino: the hydroelectric plant and the Volandia Museum of Aviation
Lonate Pozzolo: the Park Centre in the former Austro-Hungarian Customs House of Tornavento