Highlights and tour details
In the territory of the boroughs of Vespolate, Tornaco, Terdobbiate, Nibbiola, Garbagna and Borgolavezzaro, crossing the ‘parco della Battaglia’ to discover the landscape of the lower Novara area, between humps, rice fields, canals and historic farms, between the rivers Sesia and Agogna.
Departing from Novara, via Monte San Gabriele; then take Via Mercadante.
Deviation to the right - Cascina San Maiolo
You reach Vespolate
From Vespolate, taking the dirt road that runs alongside the cemetery, you reach the intersection on the left for Borgolavezzaro; you can continue straight and visit the Cascina Caccia and the Parco della Ghina
You reach Borgolavezzaro and taking the SP 96 to get to Tornaco
Continuing on the SP 7 you reach Terdobbiate
Taking the SP 6 on the right, crossing the SR 211, you reach Nibbiola, after 1 km turning right onto a dirt road.
You reach Garbagna and before entering the town turn left on the dirt road that flanks the area of an environmental protection and agricultural park re-entering onto via Mercadante. Turning right to return to Novara
Points of interest
Novara - Cascina San Maiolo: San Maiolo was an abbot of the abbey of Cluny, the same to say that the farming tradition of the cascina dates back to the beginning of the second millennium, in the Middle Ages, and continues today.
- Faithful to its deep roots, Cascina San Maiolo is dedicated to the cultivation of rice in the most ancient and modern way there is, that is according to the principles of integrated production.
- Vespolate - Parish Church of Saints John the Baptist and Antonio Abate
- Vespolate - Pieve di San Giovanni Battista: The parish church, once with three naves, now presents a single room with a semicircular apse and a wooden roof. Preserving frescoes dating back to the fifteenth century: the altarpiece of the altar is particularly valuable, one of the rare examples in the Novara area which depicts a delicate Madonna enthroned with a blessed Child, St. Augustine, St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Francis, attributed to Anonymous of Borgomanero also known as the Master of Borgomanero
- Borgolavezzaro - Palazzo Longoni: the eighteenth-century Palazzo Longoni was commissioned as a private residence by the homonymous landowner of Borgolavezzaro. On the occasion of the first war of independence in 1849, the building hosted the headquarters of Marshal Radetzky. After alternating events in 1873, the municipal administration bought the property for 19,000 lire and from that moment it became the primary school of the village. The building has a very elongated structure arranged on two floors, with two protrusions facing south.
- Borgolavezzaro - Parish Church of Saints Bartholomew and Gaudenzio
- Borgolavezzaro - Cascina Caccia: Of ancient origin, belonging to the Caccia Counts in the seventeenth century who were landowners and founders of Borgolavezzaro as early as the sixteenth century. Here too, as in many other farms of the rice-producing plain, the mondine have lent their precious and laborious work; an ancient dormitory stands as testimony to what once housed thousands and thousands of young women, tired after a day’s hard work in the rice fields.
- Borgolavezzaro - Oasis of Nature: small habitats characteristic of the ancient Po Valley with a mirror of water, ridges of prunes and hawthorns, groves of alder trees, wooded areas with ash trees, hornbeams, lime trees and oaks
- Tornaco - Villa Marzoni and Museum of Civilization and Culture of the Lower Novarese : a collection of testimonies and instruments from the past related to the life in the fields
- Tornaco - Parish Church of Santa Maria Maddalena: dates back to the 12th century but underwent many alterations and extensions in the following centuries
- Terdobbiate - Castle: Already documented in the tenth century and then rebuilt in the fifteenth, presents military architecture characterized by four cylindrical towers on either side
- Nibbiola - Castello: testified as early as 1198 and the current castle dates back to the fifteenth century; characterized by 4 corner towers with a tower above the drawbridge
- Garbagna - Church of Santa Maria di Campagna: already mentioned in 1077 and preserves one of the most famous cycles of frescoes of the fifteenth century done by Tommaso Cagnola