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Walking Lake Como

6 Days & 5 Nights 4.8 Read 5 reviews
  • Relaxed walking and exploration of stunning Lake Como
  • Riding ferries between pretty and pastel-hued villages
  • People-watching with a chilled spritzer cocktail on an outdoor terrace
  • Villa del Balbianello, set of Casino Royale the James Bond film
  • Chic Bellagio’s stylish promenade and vineyards near Varenna
Stylish Lake Como offers the perfect setting for relaxed walking with stunning views 100% of the time. Picture yourself gazing out onto the shimmering lake from waterside paths and pastel-hued villages, all with impressive panoramas. 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. The accommodations will offer you a warm Italian welcome and there is also time on the itinerary to explore the local towns and villages. Why not stop for a lunch in a lakeside restaurant and indulge in a midday glass of local wine.
Whisk yourself away to stylish Lake Como on a relaxing trip with easy to moderate walking. Spend your overnights in Cadenabbia and Menaggio and expect a warm welcome at your authentic family-run hotels, which are great bases from which to explore on foot, or jump on a ferry and wander around Como’s elegant villas and gardens.

Tour Type:

Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.


Multi Centre Walking | With a mix of loop and point-to-point walks stay 2 or 3 nights in one place which offers the chance to slow down and really explore a destination.

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 tour is graded easy to moderate. The walks are all fairly short and very manageable. You will walk on footpaths, ancient mule trails and some quiet minor roads. None of the routes are technically difficult. The nature of the environment means that the trails right by the lake itself are relatively flat, but once you begin to move inland it becomes steeper as surrounding Lake Como  are hills and mountains. On this tour this is very limited and you do not venture far away from the lake. The walk up to the San Martino Chapel is short but quite steep, but you can just take your time. The Dervio to Varenna walk has about 500m loss and gain elevation wise, but again you can just take your time and enjoy the surrounding countryside. A couple of the walks even have options to shorten. From Pigra to Cadenabbia you can take a bus from Colonno to shorten the walk by about 5km and on the latter walk you can take a train from Bellano if you wish back to Varenna and that also shortens the walk by about 6km. However you may not wish to miss any of the walking!


This route is easy to follow with the assistance of the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which we highly recommend using as you cannot get lost if you just follow the blue dot. We also provide route notes. 


You will spend 5 nights in hand-picked accommodations. They are all authentic and family-run. Get ready for a warm Italian welcome. 

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! You will always be close to somewhere you can buy a packed lunch or eat a traditional dinner. 

  • Overnights in carefully selected accommodations
  • Breakfast included
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information Pack
  • Route Notes
  • Access to maps and GPX tracks in the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Cadenabbia and from Menaggio
  • Entrance fees (eg. Villa Carlotta)
  • Public transport (eg. buses and ferries)
  • Cable Car from Argegno to Pigra
  • 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 airport to Milan City Centre on the Malpensa Express. Most trains or buses to Como are via Milan. From Milan you can take a train to Como and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Train timetables are available at Trenitalia

The easiest and fastest way to get from Como to the start of your tour in Cadenabbia is by ferry, which generally takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the time of day and type of boat. You will find ferry timetables here. You can also catch a bus but this will involve changes and is a more complicated journey. We can also provide a transfer for you at a supplement which you and you will need to give us advance notice that you require this. 

If you are staying in Tremezzo on your first night then from Como you can either get the C10 bus, which normally runs hourly or the ferry, which runs around every two hours. There are some indirect services where you would need to change boat. Details can be found here.

Getting from the End

To return to Milan from Menaggio you can simply take a bus to Como and then a train back to Milan centre and then the Malpensa Express to the airport. Or, if you prefer you can hop on a ferry to Varenna and take a train from here, direct to Milan. 

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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Cadenabbia Day 2 Transfer to Argegno, cable car to Pigra, and walk to Cadenabbia 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Walk Cadenabbia to Menaggio 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Free day in Menaggio or Lugano Day 5 Bellagio or Lugano visit, or Sentiero del Viandante 1 walk 7 miles / 12 km Day 6 Onward travel

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