Now we go through the final part of the Padua river bike ring, Padua river bike ring: Part 4 . It starts from Pontevigodarzere where I left you patiently waiting for me 🙂 in my last post. Pay attention: If you have no more water, you better buy some here because I have not seen any fountain from here on. There’s a Pastry Shop just to the left of the bridge (indicated in the Map by a yellow-orange spot).
Padua river bike ring: Part 4
To proceed, cross the road and continue to follow the path in front of you.
Shortly after the road bends to the left and then to the right to cross the Muson bridge of Cadoneghe.
At the end of the bridge, turn right
and continue along the river (for a short stretch it is paved).
At the beginning the road is wide but then it narrows more and more.
At the bridge separating Cadoneghe from Torre (you will see two churches: the one on your left is in Cadoneghe, S. Andrea, and the one on the right is in Torre, S. Michele Arcangelo) continue straight.
Here the road narrows permanently. First there are two parallel lanes.
Then the lane becomes only one.
Although beautiful, this stretch is not easy to cover due to its narrowness. Besides, in some areas there are holes and stones that jeopardize the wheels of the bike and your derrière. Probably for this reason, I didn’t encounter many people here.
Continue on and you will come to a road bridge that will force you to a slight deviation.
Turn left and then right. Then pass through a tunnel.
The day when I got there, some horses had clearly passed the tunnel right before me: taking advantage of the intimacy of the dark tunnel they had done their dirty business all over. What a smell!!
At the end of the tunnel continue on until you come to a standstill. In fact you will find yourselves in the midst of a dangerous intersection with no indication whatsoever regarding how to proceed with the Padua river bike ring.
Well, follow my indications: Go left proceeding on the orange lane, cross the street at the traffic light and go back to the bridge on the other side of the street. This road is very well-travelled. You better follow my advice and do this little detour.
At that point you can proceed along the river bank, passing on the right of the barrier (very narrow passage).
Soon after you will pass under a bridge,
then you will find yourself at a fork. The sign says to go on but it is unclear. On where? Up or down?
The lower path seemed a little muddy that day, so I decided to go up. In terms of landscape beauty it was worth it.
But the maintenance of the road was very poor. The lane was narrow and full of potholes. It was annoying and sometimes painful too. Also, shortly after the sight is ruined by a sequence of factories on the left.
Finally, a few hundred meters later you come to another bridge.
Here you have to cross and continue along the path. You’re almost arrived in Stra.
Follow the path on to the right,
cross a little bridge (you can see the view in the photo below) and turn left running along the canal.
Immediately after you will see Villa Foscarini Rossi on the left beyond the bridge.
If you turn left at the bridge, just to the right there is a small park with benches, perfect to have some rest. If you want to get to Villa Pisani cross the street and go right, riding along the path that follows the perimeter of the villa. Do not stay on the road, it’s dangerous.
As for me that day I remained on the right side of the river and sat on a bench for a snack before going back. But first, I took two photos of the Villa.
To return to Padua, retrace your steps (or better, your pedalling) and once you reach the bridge, stay on the left and cross it.
Wait for the green at the traffic light (it takes a lot!) and take the path along the river.
In order to fix some damaged stretches, the municipality added some some pebbles, too many pebbles I’d say! The consequence was that my bike tended to slip a little and I had to proceed very slowly.
In 4 km you arrive in Noventa Padovana, where the road becomes paved.
Go straight when you arrive at the sluice bridge
and in a minute you’ll see the gate of the splendid Villa Giovanelli Colonna (visits by appointment only).
The path is now gravelly again and soon you will see the Incinerator.
Go on, turn left at the roundabout
and in two minutes you’ll find yourself at the Graissi Bridge, where you’ve been before. This concludes Padua river bike ring.
If you want to return downtown, do not cross the bridge and continue along the cycle path (on the left side of the road).
I was very pleased with myself for having done this tour. I must admit, however, that from the point of view of maintenance and comfort of travelling the Pontevigodarzere – Stra stretch is the worst part. I hope that the municipality will soon take action to fix it.
In the meantime, if you want to go from Padua to Stra you better start at the Graissi Bridge and follow the path I just described (in reverse). I hope you will love the ride and that my suggestions about Padua river bike ring: Part 4 may have been helpful.
If you want to see the entire map go to www.turismopadova.it/en