The Adda valley is a succession of charming views, reachable from Milan in just 30 minutes by train. Numerous are the scenic gems that you can meet pedaling along the longest tributary of the Po river. There is Paderno, with its majestic iron bridge from the end of '800s and the canal built by the Austrians in the ‘700s based on Leonardo da Vinci’s projects; Porto with the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Rocchetta; Cornate with the historical Bertini and Esterle’s hydropower stations, and finally Trezzo sull 'Adda, with the Visconti castle and the Taccani central.
The route is a 28 km long loop path, easy and flat, it runs along the towpath of the river on dirt or paved surface, away from motor traffic.
The only stretch a bit tiring is the short climb (500 m.) from the towpath of the river.
The route is suitable for all kinds of bikes, even those with pedal assistance (electric).
Where to park: it is advisable to arrive by train at the Paderno-Robbiate station (Milan-Bergamo line).
In case you arrive by car, there are parking lots adjacent to the train station.
Recommended period: from March to November, but the route is very impressive even in winter.
Located on a promontory in a bend of the river, protected on both sides, the castle is one of the most important of Milan province. It was built in defense of a bridge and, due to its strategic position, it was always contested by the local nobility, often destroyed or burnt down but always rebuilt. The current ruins date back to the construction of the 1370 by Bernabò Visconti, of whom was the residence and prison until his death. The bridge was a single span of 72 meters, 25 meters high above the water, fortified and built on three levels. A very remarkable engineering work for its time. The castle had a 42 meters high square tower.
They were the real engine of the Lombardy economy at the beginning of the twentieth century, taking advantage of the water power of the river to turn it into energy. Among the most important stations stand the Bertini, Taccani, Esterle and Semenza ones, magnificent structures that still tell the relationship between water and man.
The small shrine is located on top of a rocky peak near Porto d'Adda, between the Paderno Canal and the river. Built in 1386 on the ruins of an ancient Lombard fortress, it housed a monastic community for centuries, before falling in neglect and be rediscovered only in 800. Fascinating for its location overlooking the river, the Sanctuary is a stage of St. Augustine Way, a walk pilgrim route, designed to connect twenty-five Marian shrines in the Brianza area.
Located in the Adda North Park and Adda di Leonardo Eco-museum, Paderno is a place that had its historical importance in the formation of the path along the river Adda. In the past, in fact, it constituted a bottleneck along the river, the problem was resolved only in 1700 with the creation of an artificial canal (naviglio) that runs parallel to the Adda (2.6 km long and over 11 meters wide, with a water height always higher than 1.20 m.), completed under the auspices of Maria Theresa dAsburgo following the sixteenth-century projects of Leonardo da Vinci. In Paderno d'Adda there is also the picturesque bridge of San Michele (or Paderno bridge). Built between 1887 and 1889, it is 266 meters long and it has nine supports. The height on the river is about 85 meters.
City of departure: Paderno d'Adda
Departure: Stazione Paderno-Robbiate
City of arrival: Paderno d'Adda
Arrival: Stazione Paderno-Robbiate
Length (Km): 28
Type of Itinerary: Half Day
Difference in height (m): 180
Difference in downhill (m): 180
Highest point (m): 268
Lowest point (m): 150
Duration (h.): 4