Big cities and cyclists usually don’t get along. This is not true, however, when talking about Milan.
Its many parks, its bike paths and the fact that there are almost no hills make the city bike-proof. Discover the best itineraries to travel the city on your two wheels!
Recently, near the metro station of Porta Venezia, the hall of Milan renovated the bike path that goes along Corso Buenos Aires: now – hurray! – you can reach San Babila by bike without risking your life.
Start your journey from Porta Venezia, but deviate just a little from your straight-line path to wander around the Giardini di Porta Venezia.
Take via Palestro and reach Piazza San Babila. Be careful not to take your eyes off the road, although the beautiful and elegant buildings façades will make you want to do so.
Once you arrive in Piazza San Babila, you’ll have only one thing to pay attention to: people. Forget about cars and motorcycles. The real dangers are men and women trotting by with their necks curved on their smartphones and risking to fall over you every now and then.
Soon, you will see the Duomo in front of you. Take a moment to chill, and then continue on Via Mercanti. This will take you directly to Piazza Cordusio and, then, through via Dante, you’ll arrive at the Castello Sforzesco.
Go past the entrance and, in the bat of an eye, you will be in the Sempione Park. The most famous park in Milan, inaugurated in 1893 and counting more than 386,000 square meters is the ideal place for a ride in the green. You will also pass by Milan Triennale: peek into the courtyard to see its contemporary art installations standing on the grass.
Your route to the center of Milan ends with the spectacular view of the Arch of Peace. Do not forget that Piazza Sempione is full of bars offering rich and tasty aperitivi: go on…you’ve deserved it!
If you are tired of the skyscrapers and the underground, and you want to get away from the city and enjoy a bucolic ride, then you must head to via Melchiorre Gioia. Yes, your “green itinerary” starts from one of the busiest spots of the city: in fact, via Tirano opens up to the Naviglio della Martesana.
The Martesana is also called piccolo (small) naviglio to differentiate it from the big one in the south of Milan. It was Francesco Sforza, together with Leonardo da Vinci, who began the works to build it. Navigable and 9 – 18 meters wide, the Martesana follows a path far away from the city streets, surrounded by flowery meadows, parks and colorful houses overlooking on it.
Follow it and make a few stops here and there, like at the Parco della Martesana.
Since 2009, the cycle route has been extended and now, if you’re feeling fit enough, you can continue cycling up to Trezzo, a small, pretty town not far from Milan.
Here’s some information that you’ll find useful when riding your bike:
If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one thanks to the BikeMi service, managed by the city hall. Using it is simple. You have to choose the type of subscription (daily-weekly or yearly). Once you receive the text message to unlock the bike, just go to one of the BikeMi stations, enter the code, choose between a regular and an electrical bike and … start moving!
The real dangers of Milan are paved streets and trams. Riding a bike on Milan paved streets without stumbling is not easy; and you have also to make sure that your wheels don’t end up on the tram tracks, or you will lose control of your bike!
Have a padlock and chain with you all the time or you won’t find your bike.
Take a look at the app or the website Bike District Milan, which tells you the best routes to reach a destination by bike.