Lake Como offers a wide variety of hiking trails and in this article, you will find some of the best hiking paths around the lake. There are three main areas of Lake Como, that are perfect for hiking: Northern side, Bellagio and Menaggio almost in front of it (central Lake), and the area of Como itself. Today you are going to discover our favorites in the central Lake area.
Menaggio’s area offers the well know trail called Greenway of Lake Como, which is a very easy path of 10 km passing through the town of Colonno, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Griante. In each spot you have something interesting worth visiting it: for example, ancient hamlets, churches and beautiful villas. In addition, the picturesque landscape around the lake is something you won’t miss.
The path to the Sacred Mount of Ossuccio part of the UNESCO World Heritage, ideal for lovers of history and art. In fact, along the trail, there are 14 unique chapels such as the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage place in the past. Also, this itinerary is offered by Slow Lake Como, which focuses on enjoying the lake and its monuments from a slow tourism point of view.
In Varenna’s area the most famous hiking is surely the “Sentiero del Viandante”. This trail is an interesting route dating back to the Roman period, which runs along the eastern coast of Lake Como, from Abbadia Lariana to Piantedo, for 45 km.
This walking path offers those who walk along with the chance of enjoying some peaceful hours deep in stillness and in an environment all one with the sky and the lake. The path, once connecting Milan and Switzerland starts in Abbadia Lariana at the small Church of St. Martin and ends at the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Val Pozzo in the district of Piantedo.
A short but attractive path which runs along a thin mule track that winds along the side of the mountain among chestnut woods and mild cultivated slopes. In a few hours time it collects the best of the landscape characters in this part of Lombardy: majestic landscapes, botanical and geological peculiarities, tokens of faith, places of the popular imagination, scraps of fields, rustic houses, vineyards and olive groves which create a frame that has been sung by poets and writers at length and for a long time.
Another fascinating region is the one of Bellagio, Slow Lake Como organizes two hours walk starting from the Devil’s bridge in Bellagio to the town of Lezzeno, a typical authentic beauty full of history and legends about witches, miracles and devils.
An interesting thing that I personally noticed about Lake Como is the variety of hiking trails and the incredible microclimate that reminds us of the Mediterranean one, with olive trees and beautiful flowers. Villages are also well connected with each other especially if you want to travel more sustainably you can definitely rely on public transport such as the bus, train or the navigation ferries companies.
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