The lakes bicycle way (Ciclovia dei laghi) is recognized by bicycle lovers as one of the most beautiful and interesting northern Italy itineraries. Along its 160 km it is possible to discover smaller lakes such as Ghirla and to visit Varese, Como and Lecco.
All the “Ciclovia dei laghi” is in Lombardy, our region, and it’s composed by secondary roads or cycling paths.
“Ciclovia dei laghi” altimetry, map and itinerary
This path is into the pre-Alpine area so you will not find 100% plain, but you will always have easy climbs except in the first 4 kilometers (the only ones) where you will approach a 5% slope average climb. Here are the two images that show you what to do: the map and the altimetry of this route (thanks to the website www.bikeitalia.it).
Starting from Lake Lugano (also called Ceresio), you cross the Valcuvia admiring the Ghirla Lake. After Cunardo the itinerary continues into the valley and go towards Lake Maggiore, that we do not reach because in Cittiglio we will change direction. You will arrive at Gemonio and Gavirate, then you’ll reach the Varese Lake east side and you’ll arrive into the city’s peripheral area. Continue along the SP36 provincial road, into the Olona Valley. Here there are typical villages such as Castiglione Olona, then you will reach Como. After that you will cross the Appiano pine forest, then you will reach San Fermo della Battaglia. Our “Ciclovia dei laghi” itinerary does not provide a real stop in Como but we recommend it!
After leaving Como start in direction Lecco, crossing and admiring the Montorfano Lake, Alserio, Pusiano, Annone, until you’ll arrive in Lecco (here we are at about 122km). A stop at Lecco is a must, only then you could start for the last 40 km which are also the most interesting for the landscape you can admire: you will have the mountains on the right and on your left lake Como.
Here we recommend you to visit the Abbazia Lariana by train because it is really a dangerous street. Then you get to Varenna and finally to Colico, that is the end point of this “Ciclovia dei laghi” itinerary.
How to do the “Ciclovia dei laghi” itinerary from our Hotel Posta in Moltrasio?
If you want to start from Lugano: if you are very well trained, you can decide to go biking directly from our Hotel by adding about 35 km to the path. If you thing it will be to difficult, you can reach Lugano by booking taxi or using local transport.
If you want to come back from Colico: you can take a boat and get off at the Moltrasio stop which, as you know, is in front of our Hotel!
What are you waiting for? In the summer, spring or fall: you will experience “Ciclovia dei laghi” in every season, and you will see that it will give you great emotions.
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