Walking the Italian Lakes
Lakes Garda, Maggiore, Como and d'Iseo in northern Italy
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.
SeasonsSpring, 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.
CentresOn 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.
DifficultyThe 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 SeeMarvellous 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.
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.
Plants and flowers
When to go
Food and drink
What to take
Dos and don’ts
Using this guide
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
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
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Walks 48 and 49: the old lifts are currently being replaced by more modern lifts but these will not be ready before 2019.
Walk 2: the Mottarone cable-car has been overhauled and is running normally again http://www.funiviadelmottarone.com
The cable car from Stressa Lido up to Mottarone Station remains out of action at this time.
The cable car is not currently running but a bus from Stresa goes up as far as the Giardino Alpino.
Path n.10 after Oggiogno is reportedly closed due to a landslide.
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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.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price
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