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Calling all nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts – Lake Como has more to offer than delicious food, gorgeous poolside views and luxurious accommodation. The temperate climate and incredible surroundings make Lake Como hiking a sought-after activity. Whether you’re looking to break a sweat, or just meander through the jaw-dropping landscape, we’ve got the guide for you. Rich in tradition and history, Lake Como is a pre-alpine lake surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains whose peaks reach up to 2700m high. The diverse terrain makes the area a hiker’s paradise. Wind through historic trails, trek through ancient alpine pastures and set eyes on the most spectacular views from the epic mountain tops. These routes showcase the natural beauty and offer a lesser-known side of this historic location.

Image Credit: Luca Casartelli

Pliniana Hiking Trail

Discover Sereno’s spectacular 16th Century Italian Palazzo, Villa Pliniana, before embarking on a trail through part of the property’s 18 waterfront acres.

Duration: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Alpe di Blessango

Take a short ride on the funicular from Argegno to Piagra and enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the nearby Alpine foothills of Como. Next, head off on foot from Piagra through the hazel trees to Alpe Blessango.

Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Brunate to Monte Boletto

The trail is easiest to access by taking the funicular from Como to Brunate. Venture through the village of San Maurizio and along a mule path (typical Italian mulatteria) before arriving in Monte Boleto. The path becomes increasingly challenging and steep towards the end so this hike is only recommended for experienced hikers.

Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

San Martino

Begin your journey in Cadenabbia, pass through the picturesque villa of Griante, and continue along the wooded path to the small mountain church of San Martino. The hike is easy and suitable for children, however, there is a sheer drop to the side of the path so please be aware.

Duration: 5 / 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy

La Via Dei Monti Lariani

This incredible six day hike is a Lake Como favourite for any experienced hikers out there. The route starts at Cernobbio and ends at Sorico, with stops at Val D’Intelvi, Val Menaggio and Valle Albano in between. The route is well marked with red and white markers, but it is important to research the route before beginning to ensure it is safe for the particular time of year. For more information on the route and where to stay along the way, ask at the Sereno concierge desk.

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty: Advanced

Image Credit: ROBERTO GUERRINI

Piazzaga and Monte Piatto

This circular hikes is great for anyone wanting to explore some of the quaint villages in the area. The hike starts in Torno and passes through Piazzaga and Monte Piatto. Highlights include the Massi Avelli, which are tombs dating back to the fifth and sixth century.

Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

Image Credit: Bruno Favoreto

Monte San Primo

This is an easy path characterised by hilltop views and grassy plains, which sees hikers trek through the Bellagio area to reach Monte San Primo. Your effort will be well rewarded with a view of the expansive Lake Como mountains as well as the Alps.

Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Image Credit: Giorgio Quattrone

Sant'Amate and Rifugio Menaggio

This route boasts panoramic views and the chance to climb one of the most famous mountains in Lake Como. Starting at Breglia, this route passes the historical church Sant’Amate and reaches Rifugio Menaggio – one of the most spectacular viewpoints in all of Lake Como.  

Duration: 6 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Always remember:

  • To get up-to-date information on all of the routes
  • Wear appropriate clothing and pack for unpredictable weather changes

There are a number of hiking guides available in the area and the concierge desk at iL Sereno will be happy to assist in the organisation of a tour that will best suit your needs.  iL Sereno enjoys a easy proximity from a number of well-known hiking trails, as well as full access to custom-made Riva boats to travel to any part of the lake with ease. Start your Sereno journey today and contact us here.

Image Credit: Luca Casartelli, ROBERTO GUERRINI, Bruno Favoreto, Giorgio Quattrone, Alan Goodman, www.trekearth.com, North Lake Como, Basic Hiking, Corrier di Como

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