Every now and again, walk itineraries are posted on the Home page and remain available in the Archive. However, after about six months these posts will be moved as separate sub-pages to this page.
I will be modifying the information included here to make the description of each walk more practical for those who may wish to follow it. This will be an ongoing process as I revisit each walk over the coming months.
The walks are catagorised by location as follows:
Zone A: The Lario Triangle (Triangolo Lariano)
This is a large zone stretching from Como to Lecco and up to Bellagio. It includes the Strada Regia – an ancient mule path that linked the lakeside communities between Como and Bellagio and Path S1, the Dorsale del Triangolo Lariano which is a 30 km route following the crest of the mountains from Brunate to Bellagio.
Zone B: West Bank of Lake Como and the Val D’Intelvi
The main mountain walk is the S1 Via Dei Monti Lariani which is a 125 km route to be taken in stages starting from Cernobbio and then following the mountain ranges as far as Sorico at the north end of the lake. Other paths closer to the lakefront include the Greenway in Tremezzino and various sections of the Antica Strada Regina.
Zone C: Como
This zone covers walks starting and ending in Como either up to Brunate or Civiglio, within the Parco Spina Verde on the west side of the city or to the south towards lake Montorfano.
Zone D: Lecco and the Viandante
This zone covers the eastern shores of the Lecco leg of the lake. It is however an ‘aspirational’ area since I have not yet had a chance to explore and record any of the routes. In particular there are the various stages of the Viandante which is a 45 km ancient path from Abbadia to Lierna passing through many delightful lakeside towns.
a voluntary cultural organization that, since 1996, proposes discovering the world through the slow and careful pace of the ancient pilgrim, never losing sight of the fundamental values of pilgrimage: solidarity, sharing, acceptance, the taste of leisurely contact with the sites and their history.
One of their sites, Cammina Citta (City Walks), describes a detailed series of walks in towns and countryside around Como. You can also download maps and audio commentaries.
The same content is also available as an app for Android and IOS.
Visit this site for some general information on walking across Lombardy but also if you are planning a walk in the mountains around Como. Here you will find information and contact details of all the mountain ‘rifugi’ for overnight stays or offering food and drink.