Lake Como; hiking over the summits of the Triangolo Lariano 8 days / 7 nights or tailor made
The tour leads over the summits of the Triangolo Lariano, the triangular piece of land surrounded on two sides by Lake Como and on the third by the plains of the river Po. This situation guarantees splendid views all around; the snow-topped Alps in the north, the steep Grigna in the east and at sunset the Mon Viso in the west on the French border!
Just beneath is the lake with its characteristic villages, showing, in sight and sound, the fine examples of Romanic church towers.
Departure is high up; uphill climbs are limited and the walks are easy. This makes the tour suitable to do with children.
The tour starts and finishes near Como, a beautiful city with a rich history. The walled centre, with its narrow alleys, fine squares and impressive dome, reaches right to the shore of the lake.
The tour goes over the summits of the Triangolo Lariano, but since departure is high up, uphill climbs are limited and the walk is easy going.
Over the course of the week, you gradually work your way towards Bellagio, the so called 'Pearl of the Lake', situated on the lakeside.
The walk goes through ancient chestnut forests, over gentle summits and mountain meadows. ‘Rifugi’, small local inns and resting places, will offer you a sumptuous selection of local specialities, tempting you to a tasty break with an inevitable glass of wine.
The routes run along forest tracks, old donkey roads and sometimes a stretch of asphalt.
Every day you can choose between different routes, the easier ones (2.30 / 3 hours of walking time) leading around the peaks, the tougher ones (4 / 5 hours) leading over them.
Maximum difference in altitude going up: 580 m. going down: 750 m.
The possibility to choose between routes of different lengths makes this tour suitable for children.
It is possible extending the tour by booking extra nights in the city or in the countryside.
Shortening the tour is also possible. See here what the options are.
Accommodations and meals
The first night is spent in a hospitable B&B in Brunate, from where your tour will depart. Brunate is a small town perched on a steep hill just outside Como, accessed by a small and windy road or by a characteristic funicular railway. If you should arrive by car, you will leave your car here. The second night is spent in a simple 'Locanda'; the building is not that charming but the landlady will pamper you and the food is good.
Halfway through the tour you will stay two nights in an Agriturismo (farmers stay) where they keep cows: during the day you can walk down to the lakeside or stroll around the higher area, or you can just relax on the farm.
The tour ends in Bellagio, a beautiful little village situated at the tip of land between the two branches of the lake. Here you stay in a B&B 'Art Deco style' outside the village.
If you arrived by public transport you will stay the last two nights in Bellagio for then going back to Como by boat. If you arrived by car you will make the cruise on day 6 for staying the last two nights in Brunate.
Lodging is based B&B and 4 times dinner is included; one place serves the local 'polenta' in every possible way in honour of tradition and past times.
On days that you walk from one lodging to the next, you will be provided with a packed lunch.
Luggage transport is included.
Period and price
start: from mid April onwards til the end of October.
In August the tour can be started (day 1) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Monday.
During the other month the tour can start on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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accommodation based bed and breakfast (7x), luggage transport, packed lunch on walking days (4x), dinners on day 2, 3, 4 and 5 (4x),
ferry ticket Bellagio – Como, description of the routes (in English or Dutch), maps, background information.
GPS-Tracks on request.
Getting there, city taxes, lunch on the days you stay in the same lodging two nights running,
dinner on the day of arrival and day 6 and 7.