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Walking Lake Como and Maggiore

Day walks and the Sentiero del Viandante trek in the Italian Lakes

Guidebook to 28 day walks and the Sentiero del Viandante trek in the beautiful Italian lakes of Maggiore and Como. Routes are graded by difficulty and range from easy lakeside strolls to challenging mountain peaks. Well-waymarked trails take you away from the crowds to visit tiny hamlets, historic villas and scenic islands, with walks for all year round.


the lakes have a mild climate suitable for year-round walking, although spring through to autumn means near-perfect conditions. Midsummer is best for mountain routes, while in winter when snow may cover the high peaks, stick to the lakeside walks


Como, Cadenabbia, Menaggio, Gravedona, Varenna, Bellagio on Lago di Como


walks range from easy lakeside strolls to rambles across terraced mountainsides and exciting paths to superbly panoramic peaks. Graded 1 to 3, catering for everyone

Must See

ferry trips combined with walks. Val Cannobina ancient pilgrim route. High altitude sanctuaries (Sacro Monte on Maggiore and San Martino on Como). Car-less Monteviasco. Charming historic villas and islands. Historic Strada Regia on Lake Como. Stresa cable-car to panoramic Mottarone mountain. Como funicular to Brunate. Lake Como Greenway lakeside stroll. Sentiero del Viandante along Lake Como's shores. Bellagio stroll
25 Sept 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 28 day walks and a 5-day trek around Lakes Como and Maggiore. Exploring the dramatic scenery of the Italian lakes, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike.

Walks range from 3km to 20km (2–12 miles) and can be enjoyed in 1–5 hours. The Sentiero del Viandante trek, or Wayfarer’s Path, along the eastern shore of Lake Como between Lecco and Colico is described in 5 stages covering 54km (34 miles).

  • Sketch maps are included for each walk
  • Detailed information on accommodation, public transport and wildlife
  • Highlights include Mottarone and Monte San Primo

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Gillian Price Cicerone author PRICE

By Gillian Price

Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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