Walking the Italian Lakes

Lakes Garda, Maggiore, Como and d'Iseo in northern Italy

By Gillian Price

A walking guidebook containing 50 day walks around the Italian lakes of Maggiore, Como, Iseo and Garda. The guide includes detailed descriptions and maps for walks that range from easy, leisurely strolls, to more strenuous routes up panoramic peaks. The routes range between 2 to 13 miles in length and offer varying terrain to suit all walkers.



Spring, early summer and autumn are the ideal seasons, as the majority of the walks are low to medium altitude. However, midsummer is perfect for the higher alpine-type routes.


On Lago Maggiore: Stresa and Cannobio; on Lago di Como: Menaggio, Bellagio and Como; on Lago d'Iseo: Iseo; on Lago di Garda: Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Riva and Limone.


The 50 walks are graded from easy strolls along lakesides and in woodland, through to moderate and fairly strenuous treks on alpine terrain. All can be fitted into a single, leisurely day. No special equipment is required.
Must See

Must See

Marvellous historic paved pathways such as Strada Regia on Lago di Como and the Strada Borromeo on Lago Maggiore. Memorable trips on ferries and rides on cable-cars (Mottarone on Lago Maggiore, Monte Baldo on Lago di Garda), gorgeous alpine and Mediterranean wildflowers. Breathtaking panoramic mountains: Monte Baldo (Lago di Garda), Mottarone (Lago Maggiore) and Monte San Primo (Lago di Como) stand out.
14 Oct 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 50 day walks in the picturesque Lakes region of Northern Italy. Routes around Lakes Como, Iseo, Garda and Maggiore are included on little-known but well-waymarked paths. The routes range from 2 to 13 miles in length, so there is something for everyone, from easy leisurely strolls for first-time walkers to strenuous climbs for those with experience up panoramic peaks. The routes can easily be fitted into the space of a day, and every one of them can be accessed by the excellent local public transport network - ferry, train, bus, cable car, chair lift or funicular. All routes are illustrated with clear maps and inspirational photographs with full information provided about accommodation and public transport options around each of the four lakes for easy planning. This guidebook is an ideal companion to exploring the exceptional scenery, views and culture of the Italian Lakes.

  • 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
    Walk 31 Monte Boletto
    Lago d’Iseo
    Walk 32 Punta Alta
    Walk 33 Santuario di San Giovanni
    Walk 34 Corna Trentapassi
    Walk 35 Monteisola and the Santuario della Ceriola
    Lago di Garda
    Walk 36 Eremo di San Valentino
    Walk 37 Campione to Pregasio Loop
    Walk 38 Limone sul Garda and the Valle del Singol
    Walk 39 Sentiero del Sole
    Walk 40 Monte Nodice and Pregasina
    Walk 41 Strada del Ponale to Pregasina
    Walk 42 The Venetian Bastione
    Walk 43 Monte Brione
    Walk 44 Torbole to Tempesta
    Walk 45 Monte Baldo: Ventrar to San Michele
    Walk 46 Monte Baldo: Cima delle Pozzette
    Walk 47 Monte Baldo: Eremo SS Benigno e Caro
    Walk 48 Monte Baldo: Rifugio Telegrafo Circuit
    Walk 49 Monte Baldo: Costabella to Prada Alta
    Walk 50 Torri del Benaco and Graffiti

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

  • Updates
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    April 2018

    Walks 48 and 49: the old lifts are currently being replaced by more modern lifts but these will not be ready before 2019.

    Aug 2017

    Walk 2: the Mottarone cable-car has been overhauled and is running normally again http://www.funiviadelmottarone.com

    July 2016

    The cable car from Stressa Lido up to Mottarone Station remains out of action at this time.

    October 2015

    Walk 2

    The cable car is not currently running but a bus from Stresa goes up as far as the Giardino Alpino.

    Walk 6

    Path n.10 after Oggiogno is reportedly closed due to a landslide.

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Gillian Price

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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