Road cycling

Mountain biking


Swimming and sunbathing

Lake Como is fantastic for road cycling. You can ride as far as you can around the lake, then take the ferry back home. If you want more hills and climbs, you can for example ride the legendary Madonna di Ghisallo, well known from the autumn’s most important cycle race, Giro di Lombardia.

Around the Galbiga mountains via Argegno and San Fedele
Ca 46 km
Vertical meters: ca 800

Up the famous Ghisallo-climb and over Pian del Tivano

Start from Tremezzo and via Como and Bellagio:

Ca 110 km

Vertical meters: ca 1760

The flat valley bed of the Valtellina provides great scenery for an easy ride
Start from Tremezzo and catch a ferry in Varenna back
Ca 87 km

Vertical meters: ca 460

A lap of the Lugano lake is a very nice ride that can be done in several variations
From Tremezzo and over San Fedele:

Ca 110 km
Vertical meters: 1230

From Tremezzo via Cernobbio, Mendrisio and across the Lugano-bridge
Ca 90 km

Vertical meters: 900

The area around Lake Como is great for steep mountain biking.

From the top of the funicular in Como, Brunate, you can cycle all the way to Bellagio in great mountain terrain.

The mountains behind the apartment, Monte Crocione and Monte di Tremezzo can be climbed by bike from Menaggio. The steep descent down to Tremezzo again is for experts only, but a great ride if you dare.

A short and steep ride is up to, and down from Nava above Tremezzo:

Monte Bre over Lugano is also a great place to start a mountain bike ride:

Ride from Monte Bre to Oria across the Swiss/Italian boarder

The peninsula in Lake Lugano from Paradiso to Morcote also has some nice trails:

Ride around the Morcote peninsula 

Another spectacular ride goes along the old railway, Tracciolino high up in the cliff side above Lago di Mezzola, just north of Lake Como.
Watch a video from that track here.

The mountains around Lake Como offer great hiking opportunities.

Monte di Tremezzo just behind the house is 1700 meters high. It will take you around 6 hours to get all the way to the cross at the top and down again.

The one hour walk to St. Martino, a church hanging on a cliff, is a great walk on old rock paths.

You can also walk further to Mt. Nave, 670 m above Lake Como, which will take you around 4 hours return.

Enjoy your holiday with swimming, sunbathing, and maybe have your own boat on the lake?

You can stay in the large garden sunbathing and then just go across the road for a swim. The park in Tremezzo (5 min walk) is also a nice place for a day at the lake. Easy access to the water by steps or a very small sand beach.

You can also go to one of the Lidos. In Italy Lido is a beach club where you can stay all day and night, renting sunbeds, go to a restaurant, swim in a pool or the lake. The cost is around 5-10 euros per person.

If you prefer a pool, you can go to either Lido di Menaggio or Lido di Cadenabbia. Lido di Lenno has sand beach, but no pool. All are great for lunch and dinner.

Lido di Lenno and Lido di Menaggio also have night clubs with a beach feeling (open till around 3 am). 

An excellent way to explore the lake and go swimming wherever you want is by hiring a boat or a kayak. Try Accadueo at Sala Comacina or Nautic Planet in Menaggio or Bellagio. Both cost around €50/1 hour or €200/5 hours including petrol, Accadueo seems to have slightly larger boats.

Lake Como is a great area for those enjoying outdoor activities.

Whether you like a gentle hike in the mountains, a long and hilly bicycle ride or just relax by a pool, you’ll find plenty of possibilities.


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