The Padua River Bike Ring: Part 1 begins at the intersection between via Vigonovese and Lungargine Terranegra (in the Map the begininng is indicated by the little white arrow) and goes on until the Bassanello junction.
Padua river bike ring: part 1
Here the track is enjoyable and always sunlit. There are fountains almost at every junction.
Soon after the beginning you will see on the right a small park with modern sculptures. This is the Garden of the Righteous of the World.
Going forward you will find a Sluice.
Right past it there’s a small bar with outdoor tables. Here you should “andare a passo d’uomo” (go at a man’s pace, as we say in Italian), something like go at a snail’s pace.
After the bar you have to cross the street and go right along the gravelly road.
Then, before the blue iron bridge you have to cross and go right under the bridge. (Under the bridge downtoooown…
Forgot about my looove)
But be very careful, the underpass is uneven and full of annoying pebbles. Here I really went at a snail’s pace, because my bike was sliding on the pebbles. Too bad for these unpleasant drawbacks, which make sometimes unpleasant an otherwise pleasant activity.
But let’s continue!
The following stretch of Padua River Bike Ring is the most popular. If you come on a Saturday or Sunday, especially at certain times, you will struggle to pass!
Here it is nice to spot canoeists along the river (further on there is the Rowing Club).
At the firther iron bridge you can take the underpass without worries because, unlike the first, this is perfecty kept.
After a while you get to Bassanello. You will be almost there when you see the light blue cycle-pedestrian bridge.
Go straight and you’ll find yourself at the crossroads of Bassanello (here I think there is the last fountain for a while so you better quench your thirst and fill the thermos).
This is also the most complex junction to overcome with bikes, because the municipality has not yet studied a good way to let the bikes pass. For now, it’s a semi-diaster. But following my directions and being careful you can do it!
So, at first turn right as in the photo. After a few meters you will see a pedestrian crossing that will allow you to go to the left (in the middle there is a tram stop).
Always remain on the sidewalk and proceed slowly. Cross the street and then turn left always. Proceed still really slowly (I wanted to say at a snail’s pace but I’ve already typed snail too many times in this post!) because there are pedestrians and bikes in both direction. Shortly after the curve th cycle-path restarts, cross the bridge (beautiful sight!), cross the street and proceed on the right of the street South-East direction (i.e. left).
Do not imitate this gentleman that crosses the road at random!
Follow the cycle-path.
Continue straight as you see on the photo below.
If you want you can go to the second part of Padua River Bike Ring!
To see the whole map go at www.turismopadova.it/en