We start off from the ‘sea in the city’, the relatively ‘new’ Darsena docklands, to cycle down the Naviglio Pavese towards the green residential area of Cantalupa. The bars dotted along the Naviglio seem to flow quickly past our eyes, one after the other, as do the couples leisurely sipping drinks outside and admiring Leonardo's locks.
The shared-use path for cycles and pedestrians continues until just before the intersection with the external ring road, where viale Liguria meets viale Tibaldi, then the road opens up to light traffic, never getting too busy however as it’s still the Alzaia del Naviglio towpath!
Up as far as the Conchetta area the route is also suitable for families cycling with young bicyclers who, together with their parents and friends, head off to the parks further south of the city.
Along the route, from the centre to the gates of the city, you may come across a number of well-known restaurants and, with a small detour, you can scout out an area of Milan that retains a cool ‘60s vibe with pubs, ice cream parlours and historical trattorias - all very easy-going, with excellent prices and more of a countryside feel.