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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.

  • 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.

  • Pavia: Roofed Bridge over Ticinum River

    The roofed bridge is a brick and stone arch bridge over the Ticino River in Pavia, Italy. The previous bridge, dating from 1354 (itself a replacement for a Roman construction), was heavily damaged by Allied action in 1945. A debate on whether to fix or replace the bridge ended when the bridge partially collapsed in 1947, requiring new construction, which began in 1949. The new bridge is based on the previous one, which had seven arches to the current bridge's five. Like its predecessor, the current bridge, bears a chapel.

  • 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.

  • Certosa di Pavia: Charterhouse of Pavia

    Situated in Lombardy, northern Italy, the Certosa di Pavia is one of the largest monasteries in Italy. The Certosa was built between 1396 and 1495 and was once located on the border of a large hunting park belonging to the Visconti family of Milan, of which today only scattered parts remain. Galeazzo II Visconti (the Duke of Milan at the time) commissioned the Certosa as the family mausoleum. The Certosa was intended to resemble Milan’s cathedral and the same architects and craftsmen were involved in the construction process.

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