Lakes of Como Self Guided

Cycle the rolling hills and ride through typical Italian villages in this wonderful cycling paradise

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Lakes of Como Self Guided

Cycle the rolling hills and ride through typical Italian villages in this wonderful cycling paradise

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Cernobbio > Bellagio
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Grade
    • Relaxed riding
    • Moderate riding
  • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 50-75km/day
    • 75-100km/day
    • under 50km/day
  • Features
    • Bar
    • Bike wash
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Garden
    • Private parking
    • Restaurant
    • Secure bike storage
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi

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Challenging climbs and great views are waiting for you during this Road Cycling Holiday on the shores of Lake Como. Every year at the end of September the UCI Pro Tour race Giro di Lombardia will be held in this famous region. A trip to Lake Como is not complete without a ride up to Ghisallo, visiting the museum and the chapel of La Madonna del Gisello is a must do for every cyclist. Imaging drinking an espresso or cappuccino in the town of Bellagio after a hard day in the saddle or drinking a glass of wine, overlooking Lake Como. Enjoy fitness with the qualities of life in Italy.

Inclusions & exclusions

All prices are per person in double room. Extra night is possible on request


  • 3 nights lodging in Cernobbio- Albergo Centrale
  • 2 nights lodging in Pian del Noci - Hotel - la Locanda del Notaio
  • 2 nights lodging in Bellagio - Hotel Silvio
  • Daily breakfast
  • A daily map and route sheets will be provided
  • Safe storage for your bike at the hotel & washing and cleaning area for bikes
  • Car Parking & Wi-Fi
  • Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
  • Airport Transfer to/from Milan Malpensa


  • Airfares & Taxis
  • Dinner & Drinks
  • Archaeological sites/museums visits and entrances fees,
  • Single Supplement €300
  • Bike Rental €200 Road bike carbon


Note : we need to check the hotel availability.

Day 1

Check in around 14.00 at your hotel in Cernobbio. This beautiful town will be your starting point for the upcoming week. The tour leader will explain the coming activities and itinerary for this Cycle Lake Como program. Overnight in Cernobbio - Hotel Terzocrotto.

Day 2

After breakfast you’ll first leave for a beautiful loop ride (mostly flat) starting from your hotel in Cernobbio. Today’s ride will take you into Switzerland. You cycle along Lake Lugano’s most quiet roads and cross the Italian and Swiss border a few times. Enjoy the atmosphere of quaint Swiss little towns whilst riding along Lake Lugano. Stop for coffee in Pontetresa (almost half way into today’s ride) and from here carry on back into Italy to Cernobbio. Total distance 84 km. Route elevation 640m. Overnight in Cernobbio - Hotel Trezocrotto.

Day 3

Leaving Cernobbio, today’s ride will ultimately lead you to the Intelvi Valley …. Riding along the lake to the Swiss town of Lugano, the views open up to Monte San Salvatore just in front of you and Monte Sighignola across the lake on top of Campione d’Italia. You will pass luxurious villas and stunning gardens, and come back into Italy at Gandria. More lake side riding will take you to the lake village of Porlezza an ideal coffee or lunch stop sitting at tables overlooking mountains and of course the lake. A little further on, you start the 7 km climb to San Fedele into Pian delle Noci. Here you have the option to do a detour to the village of Pigra, nested on the side of the mountain with from the most stunning view of all Lake Como. Total distance 84 km - Route elevation 1.800 meters. Overnight in Schignano: La Locanda Sant’Anna.

Day 4

Cycling in Italy is superb! Waking up with breathtaking views of Pian delle Noci your day’s ride starts with a climb to the top of La Sighignola, also named the “Balcone d’Italia” . On top you will have a magnificent view over the whole northern Alps chain, lake Varese and lake Lugano. Take your time take cycling on the switchback descent and enjoy the scenic route, leaving Monte Generoso on your left and almost literally falling onto lake Lugano. Cycling to Lake Como, you will take the lower road, passing famous villas such as Villa d’Este and the residence of George Clooney. From Schignano, just before Argegno, you start the climb back up to Pian delle Noci, in time for an afternoon aperitivo taken in the gardens of your Hotel. Total distance 84 km - Route elevation 1.700 meters. Overnight in Schignano: La Locanda Sant’Anna

Day 5

Pian delle Noci (Val d’Intelvi) to Bellagio. A wonderful ride taking in the highlights of Bellagio and the little church of the Madonna di Ghisallo. Leaving your Hotel at Pian delle Noci, you’ll descend to lake Como, riding through San Fedele to Argegno. You first take the lower road along the lake to Lenno. From here you cycle to Cadenabbiaand take a short ferry ride over to Bellagio Explore this idyllic little town, with its many lake-side cafeterias and little restaurants before you start a gradually climb up to Magreglio, the famous cyclists mecca where you can admire the little chapel of Madonna di Ghisallo, dedicated to all cyclists. Visit the “Museo del Ciclismo”, with regalia of the most famous world riders. You can top your ride with a Panino alla Pantani from the local bar! The carefree descent will take you to Valbrona, from where the views of the Lecco branch of lake Como opens up in front of you. From Onno you ride again along the lake again passing through Oliveto Lario till Bellagio. Hotel in Bellagio Hotel Silvio. Total distance 68 km - Route elevation 1.600 meters.

Day 6

Bellagio is a perfect setting to chill out or to visit some local sights of interest, such as Villa Balbianello across the lake or the village of Varenna or Menaggio. Alternatively, if you are keen to cycle, a loop ride will take you to Nesso, from where you start a gradual but long climb to Pian del Tivano and on to La Colma di Sormano. Here at the Rifugio della Colma, you can indulge in some local specialities such as Polenta with local cheese, home made pasta with Porcini mushrooms and other delicacies whilst enjoying the outstanding views of the Lombard Alps! After a winding descent (or alternatively descending the famous “Muro di Sormano”), you will reach Asso from where you climb back up to Magreglio (Madonna del Ghisallo) and then down to Bellagio. Hotel in Bellagio Hotel Silvio: Total distance 61 km - Route elevation 1.500 meters.

Day 7

Unfortunately your last cycling day. This is just a relaxing day along the southern shores of lake Como. Never leaving the lake side, its rollercoasters for 30 km, passing small villages and old churches. With time to spare, the old part of Como with its imposing Duomo is a lovely centre to explore by foot or by bike. From here, a short ride will take you to Cernobbio going through the Gardens of Villa Olmo, facing the lake. This is your last evening in Italy, and there is a great choice of local restaurants in the little square facing the lake, where you can celebrate the end of a great cycling holiday. Arrivederci sul lago di Como! Hotel in Cernobbio Terzocrotto. Total distance 36 km - Route elevation 550 meters.

Day 8

Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or else a pleasant stay in Italy. Transfers to the Airport Milan Malpensa will be made by the Tour guide.

Accommodation back to top

Hotel Terzo Crotto

Hotel Terzo Crotto is a farmhouse surrounded by a garden in Cernobbio’s centre, 400 m from the shores of Lake Como and a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. It offers free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms. Decorated with simple wood furniture, all rooms at Terzo Crotto feature marble floors, a fan and a flat-screen TV with Sky TV. The private bathrooms come with a hairdryer and toiletries. The Crotto’s restaurant serves Italian cuisine and specialities from the Lake Como area. An extensive list of local and international wines is available. Staff are available 24 hours a day and offer storage space for your ski equipment. Terzo Crotto Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the patrician Villa d’Este and 3 km from the Como Nord exit of the A9 motorway.

Locanda Sant’ Anna

The Sant’Anna is a historic inn situated in the Valle D’Intelvi, near the small town of Argegno, on Lake Como. All rooms have a private bathroom with hairdrier. Parking is free. Locanda Sant’Anna is just 20 km from Como city centre and 15 km from Villa Erba in Cernobbio. Free Wi-fi is available in the Locanda’s lobby. The restaurant serves national cuisine and Piedmont specialities.

Albergo Ristorante Silvio

Set in Bellagio, Albergo Ristorante Silvio is a family-run hotel overlooking Lake Como, 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. The restaurant is open to the public and serves fresh fish and local specialities. Rooms offer LCD satellite TV. All rooms at this boutique hotel have air-conditioning and private bathroom with bath or shower. Most rooms come with a balcony, some have views of the lake. Guests can enjoy breakfast on the lake-view veranda or under the pergola. The property also offers a garden. Albergo Silvio is right in front of the San Giovanni al Ponte stop for the bus to/from Bellagio.

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