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Introduction to Cycling Lake Como

There is something quite special about cycling Lake Como. The breathtaking scenery, the diverse riding for cyclists. The Italian lakes have always been enticing cyclists since the sport was invented.

Lake Como has a main road that circles the Lake; it’s a place where you can cycling pass James Bond Villas, and movie stars retreat. This is not what makes cycling Lake Como so unique, no it is the diverse scenery of forests, mountains, cool climate and the Lake.

The roads around the Lake are generally good and well maintained, making it a popular cycling destination across Europe. For a cyclist, unfortunately, there is no hard shoulder and can be narrow in places.

However, this only adds to the excitement of cycling Lake Como. Once you are off the main road around the Lake, the roads tend to be quieter although quite hilly in places.

Off the main road and up into the hills it is a cooler climate, amongst the forests and into the beautiful little hilltop towns and villages. You can cycle around the entire perimeter of the Lake, a total of 160kms.

It is relatively flat, this allows you to take in the whole diversity of the Lake. There are a few tunnels as you go round, but you can avoid them by going on back roads.


Cycling Lake Como

Agriturismo in Val D’Intelvi

Our Route

Our route took us around the west side of the Lake before doing the climb up the hills around Argegno. The road starts climbing gently above the clear Lake with incredible views down the mountain and through the trees. The road was almost car-free, and it allowed easy cycling, while the sweat dripped from my forehead.

Cycling Lake Como allows you the freedom and enjoyment of exploring the charming villages and towns, stopping off for an espresso or a delicious pudding from the local cafe and looking out at the magnificent Lake and mountains around you.

The people though are what make Lake Como, the friendly cafe owners smiling as they pour you that espresso, the best pizzerias, one to check out are and the Italian lycra wearing cyclists waving as you pass them on the narrow roads.

Aside from the rides, the towns and villages around Lake Como are beautiful. The villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio, are three of the most popular and all have excellent accommodation and restaurants. There are plenty of other smaller towns to stay in that are just as lovely and slightly less touristy.


Cycling Lake Como



I recommend cycling lake Como is you get the chance, all the towns and villages along the way have their unique qualities. It keeps you interested, but the one thing you will remember is the sheer beauty of the place. The colourful building, the history and the sensational views.

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