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Lake Como Cycling Holiday

4 nights from £695.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Climb the legendary Madonna del Ghissalo
  • Cycle into Switzerland and admire the turquoise Lake Lugano
  • Ride amongst colourful houses on the banks of Lake Como
  • Enjoy panoramic views from switchback roads
Lake Como Cycling Holiday
4 nights from £695.00
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WE LOVEClimbing Up to the Madonna del Ghissalo
The pilgrimage to Madonna del Ghissalo is a must for all cycling enthusiasts given the myths and legends that surround it. Pope Pius XII declared the ‘Madonna del Ghisallo’ as the patroness of cycling and the chapel at the top of the climb pays homage to cycling, with jerseys and bikes adorning the chapel's walls. This is a place to immerse yourself in cycling folklore.
WE LOVENever Ending Stunning Scenery
From your base on the edge of Lake Como, to the mountain roads surrounding it, you'll be treated to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. The sparkling shores of Lake Como or even Lake Lugano in Switzerland provides a unique backdrop for your whole cycling holiday.

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Day By Day Lake Como Cycling Holiday

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Day 1Arrive at Lake Como

Arrive into either Milan airport and we will pick you up and take you to Lake Como. Spend what you have left of the day meandering Bellagio, the town where you’ll be based. Looking out onto the vibrant blue waters of Lake Como, and made up of colourful, quaint buildings, Bellagio is well worth a venture before the cycling begins tomorrow.

Day 2Madonna del Ghissalo

Saddle up for a legendary climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo, named after the chapel at the top. Inside the chapel, a flame serves as a reminder for cyclist’s who have departed, and the walls are adorned with champions’ donated jerseys and bikes. This includes Fabio Casartelli’s bike, which is still distorted from his crash in the 1995 Tour de France. After tackling the difficult 10.6km climb, you can the take a stab at the Colma di Sormano climb before descending along the lake back to your hotel.

Total distance50kmTotal climb1300m
Day 3Cycle Into Switzerland

Don’t forget your passport for this route! You’ll be crossing the border into Switzerland around halfway, into the picturesque town of Lugano, which sits on the banks of Lake Lugano. Before that, a ferry will take you across Lake Como to the Western side, where you can follow the lake South. Once you reach Argegno, the 20km climb of the day begins, taking you right up to the Italy-Swiss border in Lanzo d’Intelvi. After exploring Switzerland, head back to Lake Como by cycling next to the gorgeous Lake Lugano.

Total distance82kmTotal climb1000m
Day 4Valley of Cheese and Depart

Named after the abundance of places to try the local mountain cheeses en route, today you will experience a scenic ride into the Valley of Cheese. You’ll be riding on mainly the bike path into the mountains surrounding Lake Como, with panoramic views and picturesque villages. Hop on the ferry that takes you across Lake Como and into your climb of the day, Colle di Balisio. Make sure to stop for a snack at the Alva market, then ride back to your hotel right beside the lake’s water. Say goodbye to Lake Como this afternoon and fly home, or choose to extend your trip.

Total distance60kmTotal climb700m

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What to ExpectFrom Iconic Lake Como Climbs to Cycling in Switzerland

Cycling in and around Lake Como is a real treat, simply because there is not an ounce of scenery that isn’t picture perfect. Shaped like an upside down Y, Lake Como extends into three directions that are all equally beautiful. However, the best base for hitting the saddle is in Bellagio, where you can be in the middle of the lake near everything, including the famous Madonna del Ghissalo climb and Switzerland. There is no shortage of climbs surrounding Lake Como, many of which boast stunning views over the lake, and involve some epic switchbacks. Because Switzerland is merely a hop and a climb across the lake, you can even spend a day cycling there and back, with a couple hours exploring the Swiss town of Lugano in between.

Expect to ride about 65km per day
Expect to climb about 1000m per day
Average gradient of the Madonna del Ghisallo climb
map of lake como and route destinationsmap of lake como in relation to Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Austria

How's the Weather? in Como

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins in Spring and the earliest time to enjoy riding is from April. Temperatures begin to rise to late teens and the air is wonderfully crisp and fresh.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is the most popular time to ride. Temperatures don't tend to fluctuate much between mid to late 20s and so you will feel plenty of sunshine on your back.
The AutumnSeptember to November
September is a great time to visit the Italian lakes as temperatures begin to drop from the summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn with temperatures around the mid 20s in September and gradually falling through the season.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in the north of Italy as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

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