Cyclable Rice Paddies - Trail N. 7

Vercelli – Olcenengo – Casanova Elvo – Balocco – Rovasenda – Gattinara –Ghemme – Fara N.se – Sizzano – San Nazzaro S.sa – Villata - Vercelli

Tipologia Biking among the rice fields

An ideal route to discover an area of authentic beauty that explores the province of Vercelli: from the checked sea to the lands of wine, a pleasant 95 km loop trail that offers an insight of the area of the rice fields and the hills of wine.

Starting point: Vercelli

Arrival: Vercelli

Distance: 95 km

Duration: 8 h approx.

Difficulty: difficult

Best season: spring and autumn

Terrain: tarmac

Itinerary: From Vercelli train station take the Corso Gastaldi overpass and continue to Olcenengo and Casanova Elvo, where you can admire the Castle, built before the 12th century, and the majestic Church of S. Martino in the main square. Continue to Formigliana, taking some time to observe the Monte Rosa massif which frames the ancient farmsteads along the road. Crossing the Cervo creek, continue to Balocco, where it is possible to admire the 15th century Castle and the Church of San Michele, which hosts a triptych by Giovenone; then cycle through the villages of San Giacomo Vercellese and Rovasenda, respectively, and continue to Gattinara. A stop here is a must, to visit the town and its surroundings, on whose hills the homonymous DOCG wine is produced. The town centre features important historical-artistic buildings, such as the Parish of San Pietro, dating back to the early Middle Ages and the Torre delle Castelle, a tower that overlooks the town from the surrounding hills. The route continues crossing the Sesia river, and reaches Romagnano Sesia, on the left bank of the river, entering the hilly area of Novara. Here you will come across Ghemme, Sizzano and Fara, a hilly region where excellent DOC wines are produced. Going back to the Sesia river, you will pass Carpignano and Landiona, to reach the towns of Recetto and San Nazzaro Sesia, where you can see, respectively, the historical village with the ancient castle and the 13th century walls, and the Abbey of the Saints Nazario and Celso, an example of medieval fortified abbeys, dating back to the 11th century. From here, continue past the towns of Villata and Borgo Vercelli, to return to the Vercelli.

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