The Western Lakes: Part 3 Lago di Como

Published on:  | Last updated: 29 March 2017

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Distances
Menaggio - Como 34 kms
Como - Bellagio 30 kms

This section of the tour goes south along the lakeside Via Regina (Queen’s Way) to Como and then on to Bellagio. Where possible the route follows the old Via Regina Vecchia, through the villages that have now been bypassed by the new road. However, there are sections of the road that can get quite congested. When I was there the villagers from Argegno (where George Clooney has a home) were protesting about traffic on the road and demanding a ban on mezzi pesanti (heavy vehicles).

Heading towards Bellagio the road is narrow, but less busy. There’s also quite a lot of salis­cendo (up and down) and cumulat­ively there’s quite a lot of climbing.

Options

This section and the next are loops. You could do one but not the other - or indeed simply continue north from Menaggio - but that would be a pity.

This section of the route goes round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. There’s one disad­vantage of doing it this way in that you are on the side of the road away from the lake. If you prefer to do it clockwise, you could simply take the vaporetto to Bellagio at the beginning of the route, and then back from Menaggio at the end of the ride.

You could also stick with the Via Regina Nuova. This involves less climbing and the views of the lake are less inter­rupted.

Day-rides

You could stay the in Menaggio and do this section as a day ride - catching the ferry back from Bellagio at the end of the ride.

Connections

I’ve suggested a variant to my Lakes of Lombardia route which offers a connection to the Lago d’Iseo and the Lago di Garda. See this article.

More information

Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

There are lots of hotels but around the lake they tend to be pricey; you may get better deals look in the areas away from the lake, and look at the less well-known places

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If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.

Hostels

There’s a hostel in Menaggio (Ostello La Primula) and another in Como (the Ostello Villa Olmo).

Campsites

There are three campsites on or near this section of the route including the Camping Clarke near Bellagio. There are lots more sites on the north-eastern limb of the lake around Domaso.

  Map of campsites along the route:  WL-campsites-map-show map in overlay    |    WL-campsites-map-show map in new window   

Transport and services

Transport connections

There’s a rail station at Como. for inform­ation on ferry services go to the Navigazione Laghi website.

Bike shops

There’s a useful bike shop in Como (‘useful’ as in they had proper chainlube) - Cicli Ferca.

Articles in this series

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