• Cycle Tourism

From Cremona to Casalmaggiore

Dancing on the bends of the Po. Amidst rows of willows, poplars and farmhouses

Where
Cremona
Infopoint
Infopoint Cremona
Piazza del Comune, 5, Cremona
+39 0372407081

Along the route of an extraordinary cycle path that in future will lead to the sea.

In Cremona, the city of good living from where our route departs, it is a pleasure to be awakened by the sound of bells. After a hearty breakfast in the city’s delicious pastry shops, with the aroma of spruce, maple, poplar and mahogany wafting from the lute makers’ workshops, we say farewell to Piazza del Comune, the Duomo, the Baptistery and the bell tower of Torrazzo and pedal to the south-east at a relaxed pace along the cycle route of Golena del Po.

The excitement is high. This is a fragment of a much wider territory involved in the VenTo project, the cycling and pedestrian path, with asphalt road bed or smooth surface, that will connect Venice to Turin, along the Po through Lombardy: a route of 679 kilometres amidst quarries, small orchards, rows of poplars and wooded scrubland along the line of latitude 45° North, still in the planning stage. To date, the stretch that goes from Cremona to the east along the main left bank of the Po is mixed, but can already be cycled on. The river acts as guide, appearing and disappearing, hiding behind a curtain of poplars and the marsh flora: it plays hide and seek among the ditches that conceal its ancient bed with the accumulation of glacial detritus.

The first farmhouse encountered, with the typical rural courtyard architecture, proclaims entry into the Parco del Po and Morbasco, with wooded scrubland and the picturesque river beaches of Luna, where the route is slightly livelier, also suitable for mountain bikes. In this part of the cycle route, it is the names of the place that suggest the characteristics of the territory: the village of Gerre de’ Capriolio, “gravel” in dialect, recalls the presence of small dirt roads.

The river continues to snake along: it comes close and moves further away, a definitive course taken only in the 16th century when it shifted repeatedly to the north. Sometimes, taverns are found where once there was a “passage”, a ferry or a bridge to cross to the other shore.

In other places, we can let ourselves be transported by the sound of the bells of the little country churches. This happens at Solarolo Monasterolo and Motta Baluffi, where all the fish species of the Po are gathered in the sixty or so tanks of an aquarium in the middle of the countryside, a few hundred metres from the banks.

The ride runs along. The raised bank gives a good view of the plain, a sort of timid wall where sometimes the purplish-blue head of an orchidea purpurea can be seen. At Gussola, on the bend of a meander among islands and whitish shores, is the Oasi Lipu of Lancone, a protected reed-bed habitat with marsh and migratory birds. The willows, poplars and alders standing in strict geometry are frequented by pigeons and the greater spotted woodpecker.

Near Casalmaggiore, at a broad bend, the river Po comes close to the residential area. We could stop here, on the “listone”, the paved area of Piazza Garibaldi and the town hall in neo-Gothic style.

From the Suzzara bank, the cycle route continues on the right bank of the Po, along riverside streets with poplars and expanses of land for cultivation. In the Mantua stretch, close to the estuary, the great river flows at 5 metres above the level of the fields, held back only by the grassy sloped banks. The witty old country folk remark that the fish fly higher that the marsh birds in these fields. And we are ideally placed on our bikes astride the two worlds. In this land without shade.

Not a single kilometre ahead is along a protected cycle track. So our safety as well as the river’s will be guaranteed by the banks. In this meandering fluvial geography, it will be the rural courtyards, farms and the beloved places that once belonged to the lords of Mantua, the Gonzaga, and the agricultural settlements that will provide reliable points of orientation.

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One day route
Difficulty:
easy
Length: 56 km
Elevation profile: 50 m
Roads: 80% paved; 20% dirt roads
Type of bike: touring and mountain bikes
When: from March to July
and from September to October
Mood: fluvial

Take me here: From Cremona to Casalmaggiore

Places

Palazzo del Comune

The thirteenth-century "Palazzo del Comune", the Town Hall, is opposite the Cathedral
  • Art & Culture
Palazzo del Comune
14 mt

Cripta di Sant'Omobono

  • Art & Culture
Cripta di Sant'Omobono
32 mt

Duomo of Cremona

The cathedral of Cremona, built in the 12th century and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, is located in Cremona's government centre
  • Art & Culture
Duomo of Cremona
47 mt

Antonio Stradivari House

In Corso Garibaldi 57 a fragment of the history of Cremonese violin making: Casa Stradivari
  • Art & Culture
Antonio Stradivari House
172 mt

Torrazzo of Cremona

Located next to Cremona Cathedral, it is the symbol of the city. It is the tallest brick belfry in the world, 112 meters
  • Art & Culture
Torrazzo of Cremona
172 mt

Violin Craftmanship Cremona

  • Unesco Sites
Violin Craftmanship Cremona
178 mt

Pietra tombale di A. Stradivari

  • Art & Culture
Pietra tombale di A. Stradivari
250 mt

Palazzo Mina Bolzesi

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Mina Bolzesi
258 mt

Violin Museum

The Violin Museum takes visitors through Cremona's five-century history of violin making, the great masters and their violins
  • Art & Culture
Violin Museum
279 mt

Palazzo Grasselli

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Grasselli
281 mt

Ponchielli Theatre

  • Art & Culture
Ponchielli Theatre
476 mt

Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli

  • Art & Culture
Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli
481 mt

Palazzo Silva Persichelli

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Silva Persichelli
502 mt

Palazzo Roncadelli Pallavicino Ariguzzi

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Roncadelli Pallavicino Ariguzzi
571 mt

The luthier workshops in Cremona

  • Art & Culture
The luthier workshops in Cremona
571 mt

Ala Ponzone Museum

  • Art & Culture
Ala Ponzone Museum
573 mt

Parco bastioni di Porta Mosa

  • Art & Culture
Parco bastioni di Porta Mosa
637 mt

Palazzo Trecchi

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Trecchi
762 mt

Events

Nougat Festival 2019

Luoghi diversi
Cremona
16/11/2019 - 24/11/2019
  • Food & Wine
Nougat Festival 2019
172 mt

Stradivari Festival

Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi Museo del Violino
Piazza Marconi, 5, Cremona
28/09/2019 - 18/12/2019
  • Art & Culture
Stradivari Festival
279 mt

International Printmaking Exhibition

Centro Culturale Santa Maria della Pietà
Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Cremona
22/09/2019 - 27/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
International Printmaking Exhibition
465 mt

Orazio Gentileschi

Museo Civico Ala Ponzone
Via Ugolani Dati, 4, Cremona
22/11/2019 - 01/03/2020
  • Art & Culture
Orazio Gentileschi
565 mt

BonTà

Piazza Zelioli Lanzini, 1, Cremona
09/11/2019 - 12/11/2019
  • Food & Wine
Il BonTà
2.02 km

Activities

Cremona 2.5-hour private guided walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Cremona 2.5-hour private guided walking tour
280 mt

Where to sleep

HOTEL DUOMO

Cremona
HOTEL DUOMO
57 mt

RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 2

Cremona
RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 2
104 mt

RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 3

Cremona
RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 3
104 mt

RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 1

Cremona
RESIDENZA SOLFERINO 1
104 mt

LOCANDA TORRIANI

Cremona
LOCANDA TORRIANI
124 mt

I LIUTAI

Cremona
I LIUTAI
138 mt

HOTEL IMPERO

Cremona
HOTEL IMPERO
139 mt

CIVICO 2 - OPERETTA MARINA

Cremona
CIVICO 2 - OPERETTA MARINA
162 mt

APPARTAMENTO STONE VIOLIN

Cremona
APPARTAMENTO STONE VIOLIN
162 mt

DELLE ARTI DESIGN HOTEL

Cremona
DELLE ARTI DESIGN HOTEL
188 mt

APPARTAMENTO DEL PLATINA

Cremona
APPARTAMENTO DEL PLATINA
194 mt

FIGLIE DEL SACRO CUORE DI GESU'

Cremona
FIGLIE DEL SACRO CUORE DI GESU'
301 mt

IL CORTILE DEGLI ARCHI

Cremona
IL CORTILE DEGLI ARCHI
322 mt

GARDEN VITTORIA

Cremona
GARDEN VITTORIA
329 mt

MY HOUSE APARTMENTS

Cremona
MY HOUSE APARTMENTS
340 mt

APPARTAMENTI DUOMO

Cremona
APPARTAMENTI DUOMO
361 mt

APPARTAMENTO ACCADEMIA

Cremona
APPARTAMENTO ACCADEMIA
374 mt

B&B IL VIOLINO

Cremona
B&B IL VIOLINO
376 mt

FRANCESCA

Cremona
FRANCESCA
403 mt

B&B MONTEVERDI

Cremona
B&B MONTEVERDI
404 mt