Lake Como XL; hiking at Lake Como - Extra Long 8 days / 7 nights or tailor made
This self guided tour leads through one of the most panoramic areas of the Lake Como region; the Triangolo Lariano.
First, the walk goes over the summits, offering splendid views on the three branches of Lake Como below and on the plains of the river Po.
The second half of the tour follows the Strada Regia, the old pathway that connected the villages on the lakeside in early days.
The path runs over the slopes of the mountain, just above the lakeside.
If the first part of the tour, running over the summits, gives a marvellous view of the natural ambience, the second part shows the cultural history by passing through small villages, along Romanic churches and mysterious prehistoric tombs.
Daytrips are quite demanding, at least in length. The first half of the tour, starting in Como / Brunate, goes over the summits, but since departure is high up, uphill climbs are limited and the walk is easy going. Halfway the tour you have a 'day off' in Bellagio, a spectacular situated village. During that day you can cross the lake for making a hike on the other shore.
The second part of the tour, in two days back to Como / Brunate but running along the lakeside, mainly goes through woods and along gardens, passing villages and hamlets. This part is easygoing but, again, quite demanding in length.
The routes run along forest tracks, old donkey roads and sometimes a stretch of asphalt.
Differences in altitude are around 500 m. each trip, except the one on the other side of the lake (780 m. up and down) and the downhill trip towards Bellagio (at least 1230).
Walking time varies from 5 to 7 hours a day.
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 at 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 can park it near the lodging. Coming by public transport you can take a funicular up to Brunate.
In Brunate and Bellagio you will stay in hospitable B&Bs, in the mountains in a 'agriturismo' (farmstay) where they keep cows and grow their vegatables and along the lake in a cosy B&B again.
Lodging is based B&B and 1 day dinner is included; the lady of the Agriturismo will most likely prepare you a local dish.
On days that you walk from one lodging to the next, you will be provided with a packed lunch, except during the last day of walking.
Luggage transport is included.
Period and price
The tour can be started every day of the week from from mid April onwards til the end of October.
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Accommodation based bed and breakfast (7x), luggage transport, packed lunch on 3 walking days (3x), dinner on day 2.
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 and on the last walking day, dinners except on day 2.