Milan: cycling along the Navigli with Leonardo da Vinci
Cycling along the five Navigli canals is a marvellous green way to leave the heart of the city into the surrounding area and its farmhouses, noble residences, historic abbeys, parks, rural landscapes and precious testimonies of Leonardo's work: here are five complete itineraries. The final stages of the Giro d'Italia will be hosted here.
3. The Martesana
The Naviglio della Martesana was designed by Leonardo da Vinci and connects the city with the River Adda and Lake Como. The cycle path running along it entire length starts from Milan from the characteristic Ponte delle Gabelle, where tolls were once paid to enter the city. The route then passes through some delightful towns, such as Cernusco sul Naviglio, green parks with equipped picnic areas and aristocratic out of town mansions, including Villa Borromeo in Cassano d'Adda, the final destination. You can also continue to Trezzo d'Adda and Lecco to visit Leonardo Ecomuseum, the Leonardo ferry in Imbersago and the workers' village of Crespi d'Adda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't miss the traditional Gorgonzola Festival in the town of the same name in September.