Lecco, 15 aprile 2013   |  

Biking with “The Betrothed”

di Viviana Vestrucci

From Trezzo d’Adda to Garlate, just a few kilometers from Lecco, the cycling path runs along the lush Adda Valley offering fantastic views over the river’s rapids, where the water flows faster among the rocks like in a canyon.

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The towpath along the River Adda, inside the “Adda North Park”, is a 30 kilometre hiking and cycling itinerary which goes through an almost pristine natural landscape of trees, bushes and flowers, where swans and other wild water birds build their nests. From Trezzo d’Adda to Garlate, just a few kilometers from Lecco, the cycling path runs along the lush Adda Valley offering fantastic views over the river’s rapids, where the water flows faster among the rocks like in a canyon. Besides nature, there are also impressive industrial landmarks of the past centuries, like the three hydroelectric power plants (Taccani at Trezzo, Esterle and Bertini at Cornate d’Adda).

The cherry on the cake is the impressive San Michele iron bridge, a nineteenth-century masterpiece of engineering, connecting Paderno and Calusco d’Adda by a road and a railway line, at 85 meters above the river level. The Park hosts the “Ecomuseum Adda di Leonardo", an outdoor museum which extends on several municipalities, and marks the traces of Leonardo's genius on the territory. One of the most brilliant examples is the ferry linking the banks between Imbersago and Villa d’Adda that has no engine and operates using the water flow. It is known in fact as the “Leonardo Ferry”, since it appears in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and is said to have been sketched by him. Brivio, a few kilometers after Imbersago, is a picturesque village dotted with small houses overlooking the river and offering a magnificent view on the tops of mounts Resegone and Grigna.

From Brivio towards Lecco, the river Adda gets wider and, after the Olginate dam, it flows along Pescarenico (on the opposite bank), one of the settings of Alessandro Manzoni's historical novel “The Betrothed”. During the journey, bikers can take a break at the “Stallazzo” museum rooms, along the Paderno “Naviglio” towpath, where the hydraulic projects and machines conceived by Leonardo can be seen. This small museum has a coffee-shop and a nice pic-nic area. The cycling path ends at Garlate, where the Olginate Dam forms the Lake of Garlate, shortly before Lecco.

 

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