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Stage 21 - Cernusco sul Naviglio - Milano


The stage

The 21th and last stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia is a 15.7 km-long individual time trial: the race starting point is from Cernusco sul Naviglio, a town in the hinterland of Milan, the arrival, as usual, is in Milan, in Piazza Duomo.

Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milan (time trial, 15,7 km)

Cernusco sul Naviglio, “2020 European Capital of Sport”, lies to the northeast of Milan, in the Martesana area. The event that most influenced the history of the town was the construction, by the Sforza, of the Naviglio della Martesana canal in the second half of the XV century: this important waterway boosted the development of the area and made it a holiday destination for the local aristocracy. Old noble villas define its architecture still nowadays: Villa Alari, Villa Greppi, Villa Uboldo are among the most iconic places in the city.

Villa Alari, Cernusco sul Naviglio

Beyond the old town, Cernusco is surrounded by parks and farmsteads: its most famous park is Parco dei Germani, on the Naviglio, which houses, one of a kind, a big diorama depicting Milan’s canal system. The park takes straight to the Naviglio della Martesana, the “Small Naviglio”, a 30 km long- cycling-pedestrian lane connecting Milan to Cassano d’Adda. The Shrine of Santa Maria Addolorata, dating back to the IX century, part of the Way of St. Augustine, also overlooks the Naviglio.

Naviglio della Martesana

After leaving the center of Cernusco sul Naviglio, the time trial will enter the city from Via Palmanova going along Corso Buenos Aires and Corso Venezia. For the seventy-sixth time in its history, the “Pink Race” will arrive in Milan, the city that witnessed its beginning: the Giro started for the first time on 13 May 1909 right in Milan.

Duomo di Milano

A dynamic, multifaceted city, fashion and design capital, Milan swings between its past as historic city and its inclination towards modernity. Founded by the Celts, over the centuries it has been a Roman colony, a Renaissance city with Ludovico il Moro and Leonardo da Vinci, and was conquered by the French, Spanish and Austrians. Its eminent past is proved by unmissable symbolic places: the Duomo, the XV century cathedral church of Milan, the ancient Church of Sant’Ambrogio (built in the IV century), the Sforza Castle, built at the behest of Francesco Sforza Duchy of Milan, and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also full of museums and art galleries, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Museo del Novecento, Milan Natural History Museum and Milan science and technology museum.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

If you want to admire Milan’s most futuristic side, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the super-modern Porta Nuova, a wide pedestrian area in the Isola district where are the city's tallest skyscrapers, including the Unicredit Tower and the extraordinary “Bosco Verticale” complex.

Bosco Verticale, Milan

By bicycle

Exploring downtown Milan on two wheels

The bicycle is an excellent way to explore and enjoy Milan: if you need a bike rental, you’ll find bike sharing service available anywhere in the city. The bicycle is perfect to visit Milan’s most trendy and innovative areas: for example the CityLife area, starting from Giulio Cesare Square then venturing into parks and futuristic views of “the Straight One”, “the Twisted One” and “the Curved One” (that is Hadid Tower, Isozaki Tower and Libeskind Tower). Another perfect spot for a two-wheel tour is Porta Nuova: from Gae Aulenti Square by bike you can easily reach the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens passing through the Bastioni of Piazza Venezia.

Bike sharing Porta Nuova, Milano

From the Darsena of Milan to Pavia

From downtown Milan you can venture to Pavia cycling along the Alzaia Naviglio Pavese: from the Darsena in Porta Ticinese a cycle path reaches the green area of Cantalupa and Conchetta; from here you continue to Chiesa Rossa and then Assago, where a cycle lane gets to the Certosa di Pavia (30 km) and the old town of Pavia (36 km).

Certosa di Pavia

The Adda River and the Martesana Cycle Lane

The Ciclabile della Martesana is a 32 km-long cycling-pedestrian lane that entirely follows the waterway of the Naviglio della Martesana, from Trezzo d’Adda, where it branches off from the Adda River, to downtown Milano, in Melchiorre Gioia (36 km in total). From Trezzo you can continue north for another 30 kilometers, arriving in Lecco in a very suggestive setting: the whole cycle lane runs along the Adda river crossing the Ecomuseo di Leonardo areas, which includes Imbersago with the famous Leonardo's ferry, and the Crespi d’Adda worker village, on UNESCO's list of World Heritage

Ciclabile fiume Adda

On the Naviglio Grande from Milan to Abbiategrasso

Setting off from Porta Genova, in Milan’s old town, you can go biking along the Naviglio Grande for 20 kilometers up to Abbiategrasso. Along the way, you will see the Church of San Cristoforo, right next to the Naviglio, the agricultural village of Trezzano sul Naviglio and Gaggiano, with its colored houses and Villa Marino. In Abbiategrasso, the Basilica of S. Maria Nuova, with its Renaissance quadriporticus, and the former Cloister of St. Chiara are worth a visit.

Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio

On the Naviglio di Bereguardo, from Abbiategrasso to Bereguardo

The Naviglio di Bereguardo branches off from Naviglio Grande near Abbiategrasso, and heads south until meeting the Ticino River: a very pleasant cycle path is from Abbiategrasso to Bereguardo (19 km), a village at the confluence of Naviglio and Ticino, surrounded by paddies, cornfields and farmhouses. Along the way, you can stop and see the Morimondo Abbey, built by Cistercian monks, and the Bereguardo floating bridge, a rare example of pontoon bridge in Italy.

Pista ciclabile Abbiategrasso-Bereguardo