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Lake Como Trails

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.8 Read 9 reviews
  • Lakeside walks around elegant Lake Como and mountain walks in the Intelvi Valley
  • Riding ferries between pastel-hued villages
  • Chic Bellagio’s stylish promenade; people-watching with a chilled spritzer cocktail
  • The the immaculate gardens of Villas Carlotta & Balbianello
  • Panoramic views from your agriturismo farmstay
Experience elegant Lake Como on a week-long walking trip, with panoramic mountain paths and lakeside strolls between romantic villages. Wander along Bellagio’s chic promenade and visit the exquisite Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello with their immaculate gardens. One of the joys of walking around Lake Como is the excuse to indulge in Lombardy’s larder—savour such treats as soft goats cheese drizzled in local honey, and grilled freshwater fish from the lake. Thanks to some rewarding walks by day, you’ll have earnt it!
At Lake Como walkers can have their ’torta’ and eat it — enjoying moderate graded walks, staying in authentic family-run hotels and a traditional ’agriturismo’ farmstay in the mountains of the Intelvi valley. Explore the elegant villages, towns and waterfront promenades that epitomise the uber-stylish Lake Como.

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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie
  • Wine

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall, as the walks are generally around 10-15km but with some steeper sections (especially as you climb up from the lake), many you can shorten or skip, and up to 920m of ascent and 1060m of descent. The footpaths and tracks are not technically difficult.  Paths consist of footpaths, greenways, ancient mule trails and some minor quiet roads. Should you wish to skip a walk between towns then (with prior notice) you can travel in the taxi (luggage transfer). 


The route is not waymarked (with the exception of some sections where you will be walking on official trails and the Greenway). We supply detailed 1:50 000 Kompass maps and route notes so you will have no problem finding your way.


Overnights in hand-picked accommodations is included in your trip, with the majority being in small family-run authentic hotels that are ideal for walkers (of a 3-star standard). 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are on request and a supplement is payable.


The lovingly prepared cuisine of the Italian Lakes and wine from Lombardy is a highlight of this trip. In order to keep things flexible, dinners and lunches are not included, as you will be spoilt for choice! Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. 

  • Overnights in carefully selected accommodations
  • Breakfast included
  • Baggage transfer
  • Taxi transfers as per itinerary
  • Information Pack
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and route notes in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Cernobbia and from Menaggio
  • Entrance fees (eg. Villa Carlotta)
  • Public transport (eg. buses and ferries)
  • Local hotel tax (up to EUR2 per person per night)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Transfers from Milan or Como

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and mid-October. Lake Como is very popular so it’s best to book as far in advance as you are able to. Please bear in mind that July and August can be hot for walking, however there is often an afternoon breeze.

Getting to the Start

We recommend flying to Milan, which is the closest international airport and then you can catch a train from the city centre to the town of Como (approx. 1 hr). Most trains or buses to Como are via Milan.   From Como you can either catch a ferry (15 mins) or bus (30 mins) to Cernobbio, or we can provide a transfer at a supplement.

Train timetables are available at Trenitalia;

Getting from the End

To get back to Milan from Menaggio you can either take the ferry back to Como and then a train onwards to Milan. Or you can also take a ferry to Varenna on the east side of the lake and then catch the train from there to Milan (approx. 1 hr). All information on timetables for ferries is here or for trains is here


Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Cernobbio Day 2 Transfer to Monte Bisbino and walk to Marnico/Posa 6 miles / 9 km Day 3 Intelvi Valley walk 7 miles / 12 km Day 4 Transfer to Argegno, cable car to Pigra, and walk to Cadenabbia 9 miles / 15 km Day 5 San Martino Chapel walk or visit Villa Carlotta or Bellagio 4 miles / 6 km Day 6 Walk Cadenabbia to Menaggio 7 miles / 11 km Day 7 Sentiero del Viandante 1 walk, or visit Lugano 7 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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