From Milan to Cernusco sul Naviglio
The first stretch of the Martesana canal waterway
The first stretch of the route, which begins from the municipality of Milan, follows the towpath along the left bank of the canal through varied and interesting urban scenery. Care should be taken when you reach via Melchiorre Gioia as works are being carried out on the railway overpass there. Following the towpath (still along the left bank), you pass through Vimodrone, through the periurban area to the north of the underground railway line, until you arrive near the Gaggiolo quarry, a stretch of water to the right of the Martesana canal as you enter Cernusco sul Naviglio.
Here the fields give way to more and more buildings until you reach the public gardens in the centre of the town. The route is level and runs alongside the watercourse. Villa Uboldo and Villa Alari-Viscontisi can be seen on the opposite bank from the towpath.