cleaning and reshaping irrigation channels

cleaning and reshaping irrigation channels

We are leaving the Piemonte region and reach the province of Pavia in the Lombardia region even before we enter the village of Palestro. Lombardia is a highly developped industrial region in northern Italy, stretching from the Alps in the North to the river Po in the South. Milano is the capital of this region.

We will be hiking in rice plantations for the whole day, plantations structured by a system of irrigation channels serving for inflow and outflow of water. A multitude of sluices support controlling the best level of water for each phase of growth. It is hard to imagine how people at the time could cross this region before roads, bridges and dams were built here. Once harvesting in summer is completed, maintenance work in the fields begins, because vegetation would fill the channels immediately, and would thereby disable their function.

matching indications short after Vercelli

matching indications short after Vercelli

When leaving Vercelli, we will cross the river Sèsia, a northern Po afflux who has its source on Italian territory close to the Swiss border. Palestro is the only agglomeration on our hike today. Its church «San Martino di Tours» originally was a roman church, before it was reconstructed during the 16th century. Arriving at Robbio, we will find the city center around the piazza Dante Alighieri.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.