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Lakes and Canals

This stage of the route leads the cyclist from Bellinzona to Milan.The last stretch of the Swiss national route n.3 (North-South) runs along the beautiful lake of Lugano, crossing the charming village of Morcote.


At a short distance from the Swiss-Italian border, the route reaches lake Como, running along the coast and a waterfront promenade, enriched by a Libeskind sculpture to celebrate Alessandro Volta, the pioneer of electricity and power native of Como who invented the electrical battery. Beyond museums, gardens, villas and theatres, the city located at the foothills of the Alps is rich of ancient churches that introduce the visitor to the middle ages and pilgrimage times.

Milan is located in a flat land at the heart of the Po river valley, halfway between the foothill of the Alps and the Po river. The economic capital of the country and the largest metropolitan area – 5 million people is the population of the urban built up area – the city offers a large variety of cultural attractions, and is mainly known for design, fashion and music (La Scala theatre). But extended is the middle ages and renaissance heritage, including the famous Duomo - the cathedral - and the Unesco world heritage site, Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with ‘The Last Supper’ fresco by Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Pavia: Church of San Michele Maggiore

    The Church of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia, is one of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy. It dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries and has a richly decorated façade.

  • Milan: Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci

    The Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home of one of the world’s unrivalled masterpieces of renaissance art- Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The world famous painting, which was completed between 1495 and 1497 can be found on the north wall of the Church’s refectory. The construction of the refectory, which forms an integral part of the architectural complex begun in 1463 and was completed by Bramante at the end of the 15th century.

  • Como: Cathedral

    "Il Duomo di Como" was built in over three centuries and a half. The construction started in 1396 and was completed in 1744. The Como Cathedral is located near Lake Como and is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings of northern Italy. Although Late Gothic features are predominant in the façade, many Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque elements are also visible.

  • Milan: Castello Sforzesco

    The castle dates back to the renaissance and was constructed by Galeazzo II. Visconti in the 14th century as a defensive castle. Over the years the castle experienced a lot of extensions as well as destructions. In the castle you can find the museums of Castello with many rarities such as the last painting of Michelangelo as well as some fresco paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante.

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