Walking Lake Como and Maggiore

Day walks in the Italian Lakes

By Gillian Price

Guidebook to 30 walks 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


Stresa, Verbania, Cannobio on Lago Maggiore. 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

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
10 May 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 30 walks around Lakes Como and Maggiore in Northern Italy. The routes range from 3 to 20km in length and are graded 1 to 3. There is something for everyone, from easy leisurely strolls for first-time walkers to strenuous climbs.

    The clear maps, inspirational photographs and information about accommodation and public transport options help to make this guidebook an ideal companion to exploring the exceptional scenery, views and culture of the Italian Lakes. A basic English-Italian glossary is also included.

    Picturesque Lago Maggiore has been working its magic on writers and visitors for centuries. Blessed with a mild climate and delightful position close to the Alps, it attracts flocks of admirers to its shores and islands adorned with sumptuous villas and gorgeous ornamental gardens, a legacy of the late Renaissance. Ever magnificent, the splendours of Lago di Como were broadcast by the likes of Pliny and Strabone back in ancient Roman times. Overseas visitors are attracted by the breathtaking scenery and romantic atmosphere, augmented by the host of villas and superb gardens, where pretty camellias and rhododendrons spill over terraces.

  • Contents

    Plants and flowers
    Getting there
    Local transport
    When to go
    Food and drink
    What to take
    Dos and don’ts
    Using this guide
    Lago Maggiore
    Walk 1 Stresa to Belgirate
    Walk 2 From the Mottarone to Baveno
    Walk 3 Monte Orfano and Lago di Mergozzo
    Walk 4 Cavandone on Monterosso
    Walk 5 Ghiffa Sanctuary Loop
    Walk 6 Villages above Cannero
    Walk 7 The Cannero–Cannobio Traverse
    Walk 8 Monte Carza
    Walk 9 Val Cannobina
    Walk 10 Cannobio–San Bartolomeo in Montibus Circuit
    Walk 11 Monteviasco
    Walk 12 Sasso del Ferro
    Lago di Como
    Walk 13 Moltrasio to Laglio
    Walk 14 Pigra to Colonno
    Walk 15 Colonno to Cadenabbia on the Greenway
    Walk 16 San Martino Circuit
    Walk 17 The Bocchetta di Nava Traverse
    Walk 18 Crocetta
    Walk 19 Val Sanagra
    Walk 20 Rifugio Menaggio and Monte Grona
    Walk 21 San Domenico and the Santuario di Breglia
    Walk 22 Gravedona to Domaso
    Walk 23 Domaso to Gera Lario
    Walk 24 Sentiero del Viandante 1: Varenna to Bellano
    Walk 25 Sentiero del Viandante 2: Bellano to Dervio
    Walk 26 Around Bellagio
    Walk 27 Belvedere del Monte Nuvolone
    Walk 28 Monte San Primo
    Walk 29 The Strada Regia from Pognana Lario to Torno
    Walk 30 Brunate to Torno Path

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Glossary of Italian–English terms

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  • Reviews
    Without the guides we would simply have not been able to do some of the most tremendous walks in Europe.


    Many thanks and well done. I can't believe how much work you must put into these guides and I just want to say how much we have appreciated it. Without the guides we would simply have not been able to do some of the most tremendous walks in Europe.

    Many thanks,

    Graham S

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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.

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