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Valsassina Path

The beauty of this trail, which runs along the valley and follows almost the entire length of the Pioverna River, comes from the lush natural surroundings. The completely asphalted path (also suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs) offers fantastic views, from the Grigne to Zuccone Campelli and Legnone. Along the route there are several refreshment areas, picnic tables, farmhouses, riding stables and miniature golf. You can rent bikes directly at the mountain community or a little further on, near the miniature golf course in Pasturo. Also, if you don’t want to walk the whole trail, you can reach it through the various connection points or by reaching one of the bridges that cross the river.

The route starts at the foot of Barzio, a village that is nicknamed the ‘pearl of Valsassina’. Specifically, the cycle path starts from the car park at the headquarters of the mountain community, in Via Fornace Merlo 2, where the Sagra delle sagre is held, and then continues in the direction of Pasturo. After passing a subway, you reach the village of Introbio: along this stretch you can admire the Sprizzottolo waterfalls on the left and wide meadows on the right.

After crossing a bridge on the left, the route continues straight through the municipality of Primaluna to Prato San Pietro, where it comes out on a tarmac road: you must then turn right and take another subway which leads to the second section of the cycle path. Continue on to Cortenova, cross the centre of the village and ride down a long descent that leads to a crossroads. Turning right and passing a short stretch of industrial area, you reach another bridge: here you have to follow the road on the left to find the cycle path again.

Cycling along the Pioverna river on the left, continue until you reach the Taceno sluice, the end point of the cycle path. If you wish, you can continue as far as Tartavalle, but the route becomes more arduous, climbing sharply uphill for ¾ hairpin turns. For the return journey it is possible to retrace the same route.

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