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.
A1: Strada Regia – From Torno to Pognana
A2: Strada Regia: From Pognana to Nesso (and back)
A3: Walking the Lario Triangle from Asso to Nesso
A4: Torno Circuit: Piazzaga and Monte Piatto
A5: Strada Regia: From Nesso to Lezzeno
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.
B2: From Mendrisio to Maslianico
B3: Intrepid Exploration: Brienno to Laglio on the Via Regina
B4: Walking the Greenway and the Antica Via Regina
B5: Climbing Monte Bisbino – Como’s Local Mountain
B6: Brienno’s Botanic Path – Sentiero Botanico
B7: Argegno to Argegno: Up and Down the Telo Valley
B8: Carate Urio to Moltrasio via Rifugio Bugone
B10: Ossuccio to Lenno: Up and Down the Perlana Valley
B11: Maslianico’s Smugglers Paths
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.
C1: Civiglio to Civiglio: A Circular Walk on the Slopes of Mount Uccellera
C2: Como to Montorfano for Wild Swimming
C5: Parco Spina Verde: Walking the Border Back to Como
C6: Quick Walks out of Como 1: San Donato – Garzola
C7: Quick Walks out of Como 2: Parco Spina Verde
C8: San Donato to Camnago Volta: Opening up a Circular Route to and from Como
C9: San Fermo to Como – in the footsteps of Garibaldi
C10: A Walk in the Cosia Valley and Camnago Volta
Zone D: Lecco and the Viandante
This zone covers the eastern shores of the Lecco leg of the lake. 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.
D1: Walking Lake Como’s Wayfarer Way
This site and app is put together by Iubilantes – a local association of walkers committed to a ‘slow’ form of tourism – they describe themselves as:
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.