Exploring Milan’s green belt
After the successful turnout to the first Via Lattea (Milky Way) appointment last week, Italy’s environmental foundation FAI proposes for next Sunday a bicycle excursion to explore the parks surrounding the grounds where Expo 2015 is being prepared.
The route will take in parks, historic cascine which are still active, and protected oases from the Naviglio Grande and the Villoresi Canal, sometimes passing along the banks of the artificial canals which once provided an essential transport network throughout the region.
The meeting point is the metro M1 station at San Leonardo, where nature enthusiasts arriving without bikes can rent one for the day at €10. The main ride starts at 10.00, but anybody wishing to get a headstart will find FAI volunteer guides and refreshment points along the route from 09.30 to 18.30. On the FAI website there is a detailed route map with detailed notes on the points of interest along the way: read and download it here.
The target of this week’s event is to make the system of green areas better known. FAI wants to raise awareness of a patrimony of the city which it wants to see protected and consolidated, connected up to make a single green belt around Milan, for residents’ free time activities and for the continuation of traditional agriculture.
The Via Lattea programme will then take a break until September: details are on the FAI website.