Biking among the rice fields - The Schools of Rice
Itinerary N. 3
Tipologia: Bicycle Touring
Length: 33 km
Time required: 2h
Period advised: spring and autumn
Itinerary:From the train station (Piazza Roma), take the bike path in the direction of the Duomo (Cathedral) and continue along Corso Italia, Corso Palestro and Viale Rimembranze. Pass the VV.FF barracks and entrance to the Prete airport, at which point you’ll arrive in Corso Salamano. A few meters ahead, leave the asphalted road and take the road that goes towards and around the Vecchia Cascina (farmstead). You’ll go along side the airport’s runways and the small one dedicated to aircraft modelling.
Go towards the Torrione Cascina(farmstead) and, once passing it, make sure to immediately go by the railroad on the left. The road runs perpendicular to the ringroad and goes underneath it. Continue along until reaching the industrial zone.
Turn right, leave the dirt road, and take a stretch of the ringroad. After the incinerator, you’ll notice the Boschine Cascina(farmstead) on the right, where the students of the Agrarian School familiarise themselves with the fields.
Ahead, on the right, turn and go towards Carengo, a small village part of the Vercelli township and continue among the few homes. After a channel called the "roggia dell’ospedale" turn right and you’ll end up on the road for Asigliano before the Aramino Cascina(farmstead).
Turn right, then after about 500 mt, turn left. You’ll first come to the Castellazzo Cascinaand then the Ferla Cascina. The road then leads to the industrial area of Vercelli; however, go off towards the left, in the direction of the Pista Riso Cascina, a farm with a history of ghosts. Follow along the ditch, "roggia del molino", on the right until reaching Larizzate. Enter the village, pass the Ristorante Nuovo Molino and continue straight ahead until the Varola Cascina. Cross over the bridge, turn right and after a few metres, turn left onto a grassy road that, after a footbridge, becomes a trail. You then come to the Angossa Cascina. Turn left and head to the Angossetta Cascina. Go around it and leave the farmhouse behind you, but do not be fooled... Turn left and you’ll reach the Laione Cascina, which after a brief period will lead you to the Boraso Cascina, home of the Experimental School of Rice Farming, where they study rice and its cultivation.
For those who want to ride a bit longer and do not want to return to Vercelli along the A road, at about 500 metres from the Boraso Cascina you can turn left onto the dirt and by crossing over the railway, reach S.Benedetto di Muleggio. Once you go beyond the church and the farmhouse, you’ll reach the B road. Here, turn right towards Vercelli and go beyond the traffic light. Cycle along Via Olcenengo, Via Baranzato, Via Montebianco, Via Ivrea, and Via Monviso. Then at the train crossing, left turn and take the bike path to Piazza Pajetta. In order to return to the train station, turn left into Viale Garibaldi.