Highlights and tour details
From Novara to Galliate and to Parco del Ticino piedmontese and lombardo, along the cycle paths to discover places of particular naturalistic and environmental beauty
Departure from the San Rocco district of Novara.
Take via Gibellini, pass under the ring road and above the motorway at the Autogrill, reaching Galliate. Here, take Via XX Settembre and continue towards Cascina Soliva. Continue on the dirt road until you reach the Parco del Ticino cycle path (path E1).
Turn left and follow the cycle path to Villa Picchetta di Cameri, home to the Ticino Natural Park and of Lake Maggiore
Continue on the bike path until you cross the descent reaching the picnic area "La Quercia" (1.5 km of paved road). Stay on the E1 path E1 until reaching the Mulino Vecchio ( Old Mill) of Bellinzago, the Regional Center for Environmental Education.
Continuing to follow the cycle path until meeting up with the SR527 at Cascina Sant'Antonio. Turning right you cross the bridge over the Ticino and immediately turn right onto the junction for the Alzaia cycle path of the Canale Naviglio Grande, to the Enel plant in Tornavento.
Go along the track that reaches the Enel plant of Turbigo, after which you will arrive at the stone bridge that crosses the canal. Turn immediately right and follow the dirt road that takes you to the bridge over the Ticino of Galliate. After crossing the bridge turn immediately left, skirting the campsite to the Sette Fontana (the Seven Fountains) area. From here, going up a short steep stretch you reach the asphalted road that passes through the Santuario del Varallino to Galliate. From here continue to Novara.
Points of interest
Galliate - Castello Visconteo-Sforzesco: Built by order of the Duke of Milan Galeazzo Maria Sforza in 1476 on a previous Visconti military construction, the fortress underwent expansion works until the nineteenth century. The north-east tower is well preserved, which still preserves precious decorations with the symbols of the Visconti and of Sforza
Galliate - Chiesa di San Giuseppe: of ancient origins from the fifteenth century, the church preserves inside the beautiful fresco of the Virgin with Child of the XV-XVI century. It presents elements of medieval taste combined with Renaissance pictorial innovations
Galliate - Varallino Sanctuary: designed in the 16th century by the famous architect Pellegrino Tibaldi and dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin, the sanctuary incorporates a model of the Sacred Mountains. In fact, the church has 10 chapels along the perimeter in which various artists worked until the mid-nineteenth century. Worthy of note is the fresco of the dome, ‘ il Paradiso’ - Paradise, by the painter Lorenzo Peracino
Galliate - Località Sette Fontane: located inside the Parco del Ticino and named after the 7 springs which flow from here. Already known as a recreational site since 1850, it is still a pleasant meeting place as a rest stop and the area is equipped for picnics
Cameri - Villa Picchetta: built at the time of the Spanish domination and home to the Ticino Park and Lake Maggiore, it is one of the largest and architecturally richest farms in the area. Worthy of note are the frescoes in the octagonal hall capped by a dome, and the gardens that surround beautiful the villa
Bellinzago - Mulino Vecchio: the water mill, built in 1718 is one of the many that once worked in the valley. It is still possible to observe the functioning of the ancient mechanisms of the mill thanks to the worthy program of reclamation and conservation promoted by the Ticino Park. The structure has become a Regional Center of Environmental Education, a precious reference point for the Park and for all those wishing to deepen the historical-cultural aspects of the territory
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Centro Sportivo Terdoppio
28100 Novara (NO)
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