Start off from the ‘city seaside’, the recently refurbished Darsena docks, to cycle down the Naviglio Pavese towards the green residential area of Cantalupa. The bars dotted along the Naviglio flow quickly past your eyes, one after the other, as do the couples sitting outside and leisurely sipping drinks as they admire 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 anyway, as it remains after all the Alzaia del Naviglio towpath.
As far as the Conchetta area the route is also suitable for families cycling with kids who, together with their parents and friends, head off to the parks 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 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.