From Villanova I followed the easy climb up to Monte Bernardia (850m) on a shady, quiet mountain lane. Here is the restored Monte Lonza fortress from World War I, and a tall monument with beacon honoring the Alpini, Italian mountain soldiers.
The descent is a series of switchbacks, and surprisingly shady given its southern exposure. I'll have to climb it though to see how it feels from that angle.
Good ride, with many possible variations, Lusevera and Vedronza to mention only two. I'll definitely be back.
|Tumbling stream along the level hillside road |
from Monteaperta to Villanova
|From Villanova- Val Torre below Monte Musi ridge|
|Monte Lonza fortress atop Monte Bernardia|
|Alpini monument and beacon|
|View of forest and vineyards to the south|
|Elevation showing the average 10% gradient up to Monteaperta, |
and the easy ascent to Monte Bernardia
|From Val Cornappo, up to Monteaperta, and across to Villanova|
|Villanova to Monte Bernardia and descent|