Po_1974: avevo 20 anni nel settembre del 1974 con altri tre amici facemmo il nostro primo giro in bicicletta (non ce ne erano tanti allora, anzi forse gli unici). Partimmo da Milano a Pavia e poi lungo tutti gli argini del Po sino a Venezia. La foto ricorda proprio quell'arrivo. Ne è passata di acqua sotto i ponti ma 45 anni dopo la voglia è ancora la stessa, ovviamente con mia moglie. instagram.com/1974_po/?hl=it
Great nice ride between with Anna between the Biellese, eastern, lower Valsesia. It is a very beautiful area full of woods and the road that from Brusnengo climbs towards Curino and then to the Sella pass / refuge is one of the most beautiful and lonely in the area. Leaving home, go down towards Bioglio, Valle S. Nicolao, to pass Quaregna, Lessona. The stretch between Quaregna and Lessona, in the Biellese plain is certainly the least interesting. After Lessona the road resumes a gentle climb towards Masserano. At the entrance to Masserano the first curious "Public Weight" sign (see photo by Anna). Every now and then you find these little "blunders". Masserano is worth a visit its old village (see photo and link e-borghi.com/it/borgo/Biella/478/masserano), with the splendid 13th century church of S.Teonesto. From Masserano you go down towards Brusnengo. From here the splendid road towards Curino and the Sella pass / refuge. Before talking about the road, Curino, a village of just over 400 inhabitants distributed in many hamlets, one of the most beautiful and panoramic is San Nicolao (see photo) deserves a description. In a hamlet before the town hall there is this splendid inscription (see photo from which we should learn to limit traffic in our "modern communities"). The road that goes up to the Sella pass / refuge is splendid, especially the section of the municipal seat, where you leave the main road that leads to Valsesia, to take a detour towards S. Bononio and the colma (Sella refuge). The road, with a moderate slope of around 10% and subsequent peaks of 15% -17%, first passes through the woods and then after the hamlet of San Bononio becomes very panoramic with splendid views towards the Biella / Vercelli plain. From the ridge you arrive at the Sella refuge (this is an area with some beautiful MTB routes, also known as vie del Vino viedelvino.com/comuni/soprana) and from here you descend towards the hamlet. Baltigati, shortly after a splendid road on the right to the hamlet. di Polto and then to Valle Mosso and from here you return home via Banchette.
2 days ago
Today a short but intense stroll in search and visit of hamlets of the arched villages above Pettinengo and under the slopes of Bielmonte. The hamlets are a splendid feature of these places. Each town has at least 10, 15 hamlets scattered in the woods. Above all, the Municipality of Callabiana with 141 inhabitants and 14 hamlets (see second and third photos). Among other things, the path of San Carlo passes through these places (see fourth photo it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cammino_di_San_Carlo).
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3 days ago
Today a nice up and down between Pettinengo (home) and Biella Parco della Burcina. The Burcina park is a splendid historical garden on the homonymous "Bric Burcina) a hill located west of Biella and which serves as a park for the Biellese and beyond. The origins of the Park date back to the mid-1800s, when a private Giovanni Piacenza that I began to buy the land to begin planting sequoias and Atlas cedars. The work was then continued by his son who, in addition to planting other species, traced paths and walkways. Since 1934 it has been municipal property and since 1980 has become a nature reserve From the park we then descended to Piazzo, the beautiful old town of Biella, to then go up to Pettinengo and complete the tour with the ascent to Banchette da Bioglio.
4 days ago
Today a nice ride on the Serra, a splendid morainic hill between Biella and Ivrea, rich in woods and historical monuments. Coming down from Biella with splendid views of the Biellesi alps (see photo with the Mucrone mountain in the background), you cross the eastern part of the Serra, then going up to a hamlet that can rightly be considered the patron saint of us cyclists S. Sudario (! !!). From here to the plain where in my opinion one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque in northern Italy is the church of S.Secondo (komoot.it/highlight/1106995). The 11th century church represents the nucleus around the town of Magnano and its splendid shelter (komoot.it/highlight/2987770). Before going down to the church of S.Secondo you pass by the famous monastic community of Bose. Going up towards Magnano, a necessary visit to the Ricetto described in the previous highlights. From here, cross the western part of the Serra, the one on the border with Ivrea, descending towards Zubiena to return to Biella. From here a short climb to the splendid old village of Biella (komoot.it/highlight/1070133). The last climb and you return to the Pettinengo house with a beautiful view of the parish church of S. Stefano and Giacomo from the 16th century with its splendid 67m bell tower from the 13th century.
5 days ago
Today seen the largely spring day around the countryside and dirt roads between the usual canals behind the house and then along the Oglio up to Bordolano, returning along the Civic Canal. At the sanctuary of the Madonna della Neve (near Bordolano), lost in the countryside, inside the book of signatures with splendid votive requests (see photo). One, a few days old, beautiful who asks the Madonna for help for her daughter to fulfill the desire to become a mother !!!.
7 days ago
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Third day in the Biella area, not a beautiful day but at least not cold. Could not miss a trip to Ricetto di Candelo, with few people despite the Sunday day. First a passage also to the medieval castle of Valdengo. Today the complex is used as private homes and at least this has allowed the recovery of the entire complex.
February 21, 2021