Cyclable Rice Paddies - Trail N. 2
Trail N. 2
Tipologia: Biking among the rice fields
Length: 39.6 km
Time required: 4h
Recommended period: spring and autumn
Level of difficulty: easy
From the train station in Vercelli, follow the bicycle paths on Viale Garibaldi and Corso Prestinari to the railroad crossing. From here, you will take roads and dirt trails to the town of Larizzate and the church of Maria SS Assunta, where a document found in the church archives, dated 27 August 1493, provides the first written record of rice being cultivated in the Vercellese territory. Continuing towards Asigliano V.se, you will cross a typical area "Il Fontanone” (a hollow with a spring), and the Vercellese countryside with its fields and old farmhouses (cascine). When you get to Asigliano, which is famous for its centuries-old tradition of the "Corsa dei Buoi” (Oxen Races), you could take a short detour towards Lake Ripalta, on private property. It is an unusual sight in this part of the country, and it contains a wide selection of fish.When you resume your main direction towards Prarolo, go towards Pizzarrosto for a few kilometres and then turn along the Sesia River. The last leg of the ride before returning to the city borders the river, which leads to the provincial capital through some breath-taking landscapes.