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Lake Como Highlights

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  • A short walking break with easy trails around Lake Como
  • Riding ferries between pastel-hued villages
  • People-watching with a chilled spritzer cocktail
  • The the immaculate gardens of Villas Carlotta & Balbianello
  • Chic Bellagio’s stylish promenade and vineyards near Varenna

Lake Como is the most stylish of the Italian Lakes, and offers the perfect walking escape. Picture yourself following panoramic mountain trails gazing down onto the shimmering lake, and easy waterside paths between pastel-hued villages.

As well as it’s natural beauty, Lake Como is world-famous for its neoclassical villas and immaculate gardens, not forgetting über-chic Bellagio with its flower-filled lakeside promenade and cafés, where you can pause for a chilled spritzer cocktail and watch the world go by.

Whisk yourself away to stylish Lake Como on a short break walking trip. Spend 2 nights each in Cadenabbia and Menaggio; your authentic family-run hotels are, great bases from which to explore on foot or jump on board a ferry and wander around Como’s elegant villas and gardens.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.


Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

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 transfers between accommodations
  • Taxi transfers as per itinerary
  • Route notes, map & info pack
  • 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 mid-May and mid-September (as this is when the ferries run most frequently around the lake). 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, and then you can catch the train from the city centre to 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

From Menaggio you have two choices; you can either take the ferry across to Varenna on the east side of the lake and then catch the train from there to Milan (approx. 1 hr), or catch a bus (approx. 1 hr—see timetable) from Menaggio to Lugano, where there is an airport servicing flights mainly from within Switzerland. Again, please see Trenitalia’s website for timetable planning.

Further information regarding travel advice will be in your comprehensive pre-departure information pack.


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.

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 Cadenabbia Day 2 Transfer to Pigra, walk to Cadenabbia 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Walk Cadenabbia to Menaggio 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Bellagio or Lugano visit, or Sentiero del Viandante 1 walk 7 miles / 12 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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